I’m making lightning bugs for my classroom camping theme!  I’m really excited about these because they are going to GLOW IN THE DARK – Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs!!  To make these, you will need a glue gun, plastic spoons, black craft foam (or black construction paper), yellow craft paint, glow in the dark paint, and the bug template.  You can get the bug template here.

*** NOTE:  If I were going to do this over, I would buy yellow plastic spoons and skip the yellow paint! ***


How to Make Your Classroom Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs

The first thing you will want to do is paint your spoons.  You will only need to paint the bottom part of the spoon – there is no need to paint the handle.  If you purchased yellow plastic spoons, you can skip the yellow paint and go straight to painting with the glow in the dark paint.  You will want to put at least two coats of yellow paint and two coats of glow in the dark paint.  The more coats of glow in the dark paint you use the longer and brighter the lightning bugs will glow.

While the paint is drying, print the bug template.  You will use this template to cut the black foam.  Lay the template on the black foam and cut along the lines.  You will need two wings and one head for each of the lightning bugs you plan to make. When the paint is dry and you have all your bug parts, you are ready to hot glue the lightning bug together.  First, you will glue the wings to the bottom part of the head.  Now, glue the spoon to the bottom part of the head and wings making sure to leave the bottom part of the spoon showing between the wings.

In the last picture, you can see that I cut the handle of the spoon.  I’m not sure you will have to do this with your spoons but you might…  If the spoon handle is hanging out past the lightning bug’s head, you will need to trim the spoon about a quarter of an inch with a pair of scissors. Check out the Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs!!!