Dabble: Upcycled Glow Bug

If your house is anything like mine, you might have some plastic eggs laying around. Before you put them away, try upcycling them into a glimmering glow bug.

Here’s what you need:

  • plastic egg
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes (optional)
  • wide tape (duct tape, washi tape, foil tape)
  • permanent marker
  • scissors
  • glue (if you choose to use googly eyes)
  • battery operated tealight candle


  1. Draw place markers on the eggs for the bug’s eyes and legs.  Use a push pin to poke holes on the marks you made.
  2. Push pipe cleaners through the holes. You may need to trim some of the fuzz off of the sides of the pipe cleaner to fit through the hole and/or widen the holes.
  3. Trim the pipe cleaners (if they’re too long) and fold them to resemble legs and antennas.
  4. Glue on the eyes or draw them with a marker. You can draw the bug’s mouth now too.
  5. Cut a piece of tape approx. 3-4 inches in length. Fold it in half, leaving a small section at the top to stick onto the bug. Cut the folded end into the shape of wings. Stick the wings on the egg.
  6. Put the battery operated tealight in the egg and close it.
  7. Wait for the sun to go down and watch your glow bug glimmer.

We plan to bring the bugs outside in the summer for some hide-and-seek throughout our lawn and garden.

Try it out! Share photos of your creation on Twitter using #dabble. Don’t forget to tag @SCDSB_Schools.

~ Jamie Campbell, Communications Officer, SCDSB

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