How to Make 3-D Bugs


Make 3-D bugs as a craft with children or as works of art. You can display these nature-worthy bugs on your windowsill to add to a whimsical decor. Make rock ants to hold down papers on your desktop, or turn the caterpillar into a refrigerator magnet with a bit of hot glue and a magnet attached to the back. Hang the scrubber spider in your kitchen with clear string to give guests a creepy surprise.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 black pompoms
  • 5 neon green pompoms
  • Hot-glue gun with glue sticks
  • Flat wooden craft stick
  • 14 miniature googly eyes
  • 5 black chenille stems
  • Black spray paint
  • 3 equal-size river rocks
  • 8 2-inch-long twigs
  • 2 medium-size googly eyes
  • Copper pan scrubber
  • Small circular metal key ring


  • Form a single row of five black pompoms and five neon green pompoms on a flat surface, with the colors alternated so no two balls of the same color are next to each other.

  • Squirt a thick line of hot glue down one side of a flat, wooden craft stick.

  • Press the pompoms on the glue in the order you have arranged them. Fit the balls tightly together so they all fit on the stick and appear as a single striped object rather than 10 individual balls. Apply more glue as needed to hold the balls in place.

  • Hot-glue six miniature googly eyes to the front end of the caterpillar, which can be either end of the ball-covered stick.

  • Cut a black chenille stem in half. Curl the two pieces of stem into spirals by wrapping them around your finger or a pencil. Hot-glue the ends of the stems to each side of the top of the ball covered in eyes.


  • Spray paint three river rocks of equal size with black paint, and spray paint eight 2-inch-long twigs black. Let the rocks and twigs dry.

  • Line the rocks end to end in a row. Squirt hot glue between them and press the rocks together.

  • Attach a twig to each side -- on the right and left -- of each rock with hot glue for the ant's legs.

  • Identify the head end of the ant and hot-glue two twigs to the front end for the antennae. Hot-glue two medium-size googly eyes to the front of the face of the ant.


  • Squeeze a new copper pan scrubber into an oval shape.

  • Slide a small, circular, metal key ring over the scrubber. Place the ring approximately 1 inch from the end to cordon off the head of the spider.

  • Squeeze a small amount of hot glue around the sides of the metal ring to seal it in position.

  • Lay out four black chenille stems in a parallel row, spaced 1/2 inch apart. Squirt a 2-inch-long line of hot glue along the center of each stem.

  • Line the scrubber up over the stems so the metal ring is parallel to the stems and you can see that the scrubber covers each stem. Press the scrubber firmly onto the glue of the stems. Bend the legs around so they each appear to have two joints.

  • Hot-glue eight miniature googly eyes on the front end of the head of the spider.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vary the size of river rocks for the ants and pompoms for the caterpillar for different sizes of these bugs.
  • Try a different color pan scrubber for a more vividly colored spider.
  • Spiders do not have antennae, so do not add these to this bug.

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