Butterfly Crafts

Cutest Caterpillar
The cutest caterpillar is soft and fuzzy and jingles when he moves.
The cutest caterpillar is soft and fuzzy and jingles when he moves.

No bells, no whistles . . . well, okay, a few bells! Make the cutest caterpillar out of egg cups and jingle bells. Not only is this craft fun to look at, but it makes a lovely sound, too.

What You'll Need:

  • Foam or paper egg carton
  • 7 small jingle bells
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • 1 crescent-shape faux gem
  • Tiny poms
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Cut 9 egg cups from the carton. Trim the edges as smoothly as you can.

Sew thread through the center of the egg cup.

Step 2: Thread a needle, and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Poke a hole in the bottom of one of the cups from the outside in. Pull the thread all the way through.

Step 3: String a second cup onto the thread, this time poking the hole from the inside out. Glue these 2 cups together.

Thread a jingle bell on the line and attach it to the cups.

Step 4: Thread a jingle bell onto the line, then begin stringing the rest of the egg cups. Place each hole off-center in the bottom of the cup, stringing from the inside out. String a jingle bell after each cup. Repeat until the final cup is in place.

Step 5: Tie a knot in the thread, and glue it to the "nose" of the last egg cup (the face of the caterpillar).

Step 6: Glue wiggle eyes and a gem on the face to create a smile that covers the end of the thread.

Glue colorful poms along the body of the caterpillar.

Step 7: Glue tiny colorful poms all over the caterpillar's body, making sure to glue one to the very end, covering the thread at the bottom.

String more than 9 egg cups -- string 20! or 30! or more! This critter can be as long or as short as you like.

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