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Light up your room with these DIY Glow bugs 2 ways
03 Jun 2021
Using expired pasta, Resene testpots and a sprinkle of creativity, the pasta-bilities are endless. These easy-to-make glow bugs can be finished in two ways; as colourful wall delights or as glow in the dark spectacles. With their colourful wings, these glow bugs are the perfect boredom buster to help your kids pasta time away and a great way to use up those leftover pieces of pasta at the back of the cupboard.
You will need:
- Resene testpots in your choice of colours – Fleur used Resene Meteor, Resene Blue Diamond, Resene Bondi Blue, Resene Grapevine, Resene Lip Service, Resene Centre Stage
- Blanched peanuts
- Large pasta shells
- Pasta bow ties
- Bamboo skewers
- Small craft googly eyes
- Hot glue gun
- Small craft brush
- For the glow in the dark version: Resene FX Nightlight, Resene White testpot
Step 1: Assemble your supplies. If you don’t have these exact items get creative with other items in your home.
Step 2: Begin by painting the pasta shells in your first colour – Fleur used Resene Meteor.
Step 4: To make the head of the firefly, use a hot glue gun to glue half a blanched peanut to the end of a long bamboo skewer.
Step 5: To make the wings, glue the pasta bow ties underneath the head. Make the body by gluing the pasta shells on underneath.
Step 7: For an alternative finish that will make your glowbugs glow in the dark, paint the pasta shells in Resene White . Once dry, apply at least 2 coats of Resene FX Nightlight, allowing for each coat to dry before applying the next coat. If you paint your glowbugs’ eyes in Resene FX Nightlight they will light up too. Charge your glowbugs up in the sunshine and watch them glow at night!
Project and images Fleur Thorpe
Published: 03 Jun 2021