Insect Crafts


Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes
Insects will crawl for Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes.
Insects will crawl for Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes.

Kids are crazy about stickers and they are crazy about bugs, so why not put the two together with Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes? With this simple wearable-art insect craft, you can let your little ones get involved by having them pick the stickers they want.

Insect stickers are used in this version. Any stickers can be used, but only caterpillars and crickets will look like they are crawling across your clothes.

What You'll Need:

  • Canvas tennis shoes
  • Cotton baseball-style cap
  • Stickers
  • Washable fabric glue
  • 1-inch sponge brush
  • Masking tape
  • Palette

How to Make Sticky Bugs Hat and Shoes:

Step 1: Prepare shoes and cap by washing and drying. (Air-dry the cap.) Remove shoelaces from the shoes. Put strip of masking tape around cap where the bill is attached.

Step 2: Arrange stickers on shoes and bill of cap, moving them around until you are satisfied with their placement.

Arrange stickers on the bill of the cap.
Arrange stickers on the bill of the cap.

Step 3: Pour a puddle of washable glue onto the palette. Using your finger, spread glue in a thin layer on one shoe at a time. Lift edges of stickers and spread glue under stickers, on bottom of stickers, and on top of stickers.

Step 4: Cover entire bill of cap and canvas surface of shoes with glue. Do not put glue onto the tongues of the shoes. The surface of the bill and shoes will have a cloudy appearance while the glue is wet.

Cover entire canvas surface of shoes with glue.
Cover entire canvas surface of shoes with glue.

Step 5: Let glue dry until it is clear but still tacky. (Drying time varies according to season and temperature.)

Step 6: Use sponge brush to apply a thin, even coat of glue over entire area. Press down any sticker edges that pop up. If small bubbles appear when you are applying glue, brush until they disappear because the bubbles will not dry clear.

Use sponge brush to apply a thin, even coat of glue.
Use sponge brush to apply a thin, even coat of glue.

Step 7: Repeat drying time and apply a third coat of glue with the sponge brush. The shoes need at least three coats of glue, while the cap can get by with two. Let shoes and cap dry thoroughly before wearing.On the next page, find out how to make an interactive dragonfly that moves and makes noise.

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