Our cute pastel pom pom caterpillar craft is sure to be a hit! This a great craft for kids of all ages – youngsters will need the support of an adult, and older kids can do it themselves. Not only is it fun, but it helps with fine motor skills.
These fuzzy little caterpillars are cute, simple, and cheap to make, requiring just a few supplies. Whether you are having a bug crafts week at school, are reading A Very Hungry Caterpillar, or simply need a fun craft to do with your own kids, you’re going to love these little critters!
What you’ll need:
- pastel pom poms (2 medium & 1 small in primary color, 2 medium in secondary color)
- pipe cleaners (2 colors, preferably matching your pom pom colors)
- googly eyes
- hot glue gun
- craft scissors
- craft tweezers (optional)
Tip: If you don’t own a glue gun, you may try a glue dot as an alternative.
How to Make a Pastel Pom Pom Caterpillar
As mentioned, this is one of those art projects that is appropriate for a variety of age groups, adult supervision considered. Toddlers and preschoolers will love these cute caterpillars but will need some help from an adult with the glue gun, cutting the pipe cleaners, and possibly placement of the smaller supplies. This project will certainly take some patience for the littlest ones, but that’s one of the most important life skills, right?
Bigger kids may have a hoot doing this fun bug craft all on their own – especially when they see the wiggly eyes in action!
Assess your supplies! For this craft, we recommend alternating two complementary colors for your pom pom and choosing the same two colors for the antenna and legs. Let’s say we are doing pink and purple. You should have two medium pink pom poms, one small pink pom pom, two medium purple pom poms, one pink pipe cleaner, and one purple pipe cleaner.
Cut your pipe cleaners.
a) Antenna: Choose one of your pipe cleaners for the antenna (I like to use the secondary color) and cut one 4-inch piece using craft scissors.
b) Legs: Take your second pipe cleaner for the legs and cut three 3-inch pieces.
Create the caterpillar head.
a) Use your glue gun to attach two googly eyes to one of the medium pink pom poms (or, your primary color).
b) Create your antenna with the 4-inch piece of pipe cleaner. First, fold it in half. Next, curl the tips in using your fingers or craft tweezers.
c) Use your glue gun to attach the antenna to the back of the caterpillars head. Set the head aside to dry.
Create the body. Take the remaining pom poms and glue them together, alternating colors and ending with the smallest primary color.
Create the legs. Take your three 3-inch pipe cleaner pieces and fold each in half. Next, create little feet by folding the tip on either side until it is perpendicular to the leg (L-shape).
Attach the legs to the three medium pom pom portions of the body using your glue gun.
Glue the head onto the end of the body with the medium sized secondary color, just slightly higher than the rest of the body to create an elevated appearance.
If you want to take this craft a step further, consider going down the Very Hungry Caterpillar path and put your craft on a leaf shape using green construction paper for added fun!