Cyber Studio: Create Bugs out of Recycled Materials

Recycled Materials Bugs

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  • Recycled Cardboard (Cereal boxes are best because the cardboard is thin and easy to cut)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Your choice of coloring materials, markers or crayons are recommended
  • Glue
  • Assorted recycled materials to decorate your bug with, such as bottle caps, bubble wrap, buttons, and whatever else you may have around the house
  • Assorted crafting materials to embellish your bug with, such as pipe cleaners, beads, sequins, colored construction paper, and whatever else you can think of!


  1. Open up your cardboard box and have the brown side facing up. On the brown side, with a pencil draw the shape of your bug. My bug has a head, body, and wings. 
  2. Cut out your bug parts. The cardboard may be too thick for small hands to cut, so younger participants may need help from a parent or guardian.
  3. Color your bug however you like. I decided to create a polka dot pattern on the body of the bug and stripes on the wings.
  4. Glue the big pieces of your bug together, and let dry a few minutes. I added recycled bottle caps as eyes and pipe cleaners for legs.
  5. Glue on any decorations to enhance your recycled bugs. I added sequins, bubble wrap, and foam shapes. Let your recycled bug dry completely and hang it up wherever you like!