How to Make a Bug From a Light Bulb

Turn wire and an old light bulb into a whimsical sculpture with these steps.
Similar Topics:


Materials and Tools:

any light bulb
bendable wire sturdy enough to support the bulb
copper mesh
tissue paper
Mod Podge or glue-water mixture
false eyelashes
plastic doll eyes, fishing-lure stick-on eyes, or beads
epoxy glue
scrap cardboard for mixing epoxy
needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
beads with holes large enough for the wire


1. Bend, form and attach wire for the legs, antennae and wings to the light bulb, using pliers.

2. Epoxy the wires in place.

3. While the epoxy is drying, cut out an oval of copper mesh. Remove the front half of the plastic eyes from the whole piece and epoxy the front half of the eyes to the copper mesh.

4. Add eyelashes.

5. Add tissue to wing armature, using Mod Podge or glue-water and a paintbrush.

6. Add beads to the legs and antennae. Roll up wires with pliers so that beads will stay on.

7. Form legs so that the bug will stand up.

8. Epoxy eyes to the bug.

Next Up

Kids' Craft: How to Make Recycled Crayons

Gather broken, forgotten crayons and transform them into colorful new treasures that fit perfectly in the hands of even the smallest artists.

How to Build an Outdoor Recycling Center

Add shelter and organization for recycling and waste bins with a recycling center made from basic building materials.

How to Make a Hanging Notepad

Follow these steps for a simple but attractive way to repurpose receipt paper ends and flooring samples.

Courtesy of

HGTV's Tips on How to Buy and Recycle an Evergreen Christmas Tree

For many of us, a natural tree trimmed with decorations is what Christmas is all about. Caring for a cut tree properly will prolong its fresh scent and vibrant color. Also important is knowing how to recycle the tree after the holidays.

How to Make Magnets From Old License Plates

Break out the tin snips and learn how to repurpose colorful old license plates into handy magnets for your fridge or message board.

How to Make a Bottle-Cap Advent Calendar

Start an affordable annual tradition using recyclable items.

How to Make a Recycled Felted Sweater Purse

Transform an old wool sweater into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind purse.

A Wine Bag to Make and Share

Make these reusable and re-giftable wine bags; they'll be a hit at your next get-together.

How to Make a Recycled Glass Tray

Turn an old storm window and a handful of red sand into a stylish glass tray.

How to Make Ceramic and Metal Garden Art

Make a ceramic face and attach it to transmission gear to create a whimsical garden sculpture.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.