Kids' Garden Plant Markers

Make these cute bug friends to embellish your flowerpots and mark garden rows.

What You Need:

Handmade bug plant pokes

  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • 9 1/4x12-inch sheets of lightweight copper
  • Crafts foam: orange and yellow
  • Sparkling modeling wire mesh
  • 3/16-inch hole punch
  • Copper wire: 16- and 24-gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • Pencil
  • Golf tees
  • Cabochons
  • Two green pony beads
  • Two orange pony beads
  • Two green chenille stems

Instructions:

  1. Trace patterns onto tracing paper. (see link below) Cut them out.
  2. Trace patterns onto copper sheets, crafts foam, and wire mesh and cut out as follows: from copper, two grasshopper wings and one ladybug wings; from yellow crafts foam, one dragonfly wings, one firefly body; from orange crafts foam, one ladybug body; from wire mesh, firefly wings; from pink crafts foam, one butterfly body.

    Punch 3/16-inch holes in cutout pieces as indicated on the patterns, folding wings and bodies in half to reach inaccessible areas.
  3. Cut a long piece of 16-gauge (the thicker) copper wire; wrap it around a pencil to make a long coil. Slip the pointed end of a golf tee through the bottom two or three coils, then tighten those coils around the tee. Repeat to make one for each flower marker.

 
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