DIY rainbow bugs from nature materials - fall maple seeds as part of crafts for kids

This year the fruits of maple enjoy with us an exceptional prosperity. They are unfathomable treasure trove of ideas, though they look so inconspicuous. The flies, dragonflies, butterflies, multi-colored insects and helicopters. And into the bargain, they are said to be edible.

DIY rainbow bugs from nature materials - fall maple seeds as part of crafts for kids

Maple seeds enchanted in rainbow bugs

Craft supplies:

  • unripe fruits of maple,
  • acrylic paints (maybe latex),
  • brushes,
  • water tank,
  • toothpicks and cotton buds (optional).

Today's art activities for kids is another good example of playing with a minimal amount of needed materials. Just walk to the park or forest and acrylic paints. Is also useful brush, maybe toothpick or a q-tips to your ears.

Maple seeds you need to collect before they ripen. Unfortunately, the nature of wings is such that they disintegrate when ripe. So when? August, september and early october.

DIY rainbow bugs from nature materials - fall maple seeds as part of crafts for kids

Nature materials: maple seeds from Norway maple
They can be used in many ways in the crafts.

Fun craft we start by painting the wings of insects on selected color. This can be a single color base, or gradient. For toddlers is most easily to paint maple to a single color. After drying, add patterns, black faces, and finally his eyes.

Maple seeds are small, so for kids paint the details maybe cause problems. Toothpicks allow the execution of small dots, eg. eyes. Q-tips produce larger dots, ie. white dots on red insect. And if you need even more precise tool, we refer to the permanent markers, for example. Sharpie, available in many colors.

Thus prepared insects can be used to decorate pictures, photo frames, or gifts.

So, to work!

I am waiting to your photos 😉

DIY rainbow bugs from nature materials - fall maple seeds as part of crafts for kids

Maple seeds enchanted in rainbow bugs

There is nothing to prevent such a rainbow-colored insects used as a wall decoration. It's will present beautifully with the spider web on Halloween, but not only.


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