Fireflies or Lightning Bug Craft from Plastic Eggs

I came across this awesome firefly craft on Pinterest and traced it back to the awesome creator of Apartment Therapy.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more excited about what I planned to do with our plastic eggs after Easter than I was about filling them with candy for the big day.  I made a couple of modifications just based on the craft supplies that I happened to have available.  We took one to preschool for my daughter’s teacher, and she fell in love with it and now wants me to come in to teach all the kids a craft!

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What You Need to Make Fireflies from Plastic Easter Eggs

  • One plastic Easter egg
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • One LED tea light “candle”
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Two googly eyes (optional…you could just draw on the eyes)
  • About 8″ of tulle
  • Marker


*I found the pushpin didn’t make the holes quite big enough, so I went pack over them with a nail to make them wider.



What I Learned the Hard Way:  Your firefly/lightning but will stand up better if you bend each leg one more time to give him some knees!

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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      Lorna Doone Brewer

      There must be different sized eggs and/or teatlights. I was worried that ours wouldn’t fit in the eggs, but they did just fine. My guess is that you need bigger eggs or smaller tealights. I’m sorry you ran into that problem…what a bummer! If you can get the egg to go together but it just won’t snap, I suppose you could try glue or clear tape. Of course, that makes it a lot harder to open them up to turn off the light when you want to.

  1. Kay

    These are adorable and would make a great little gift! Thanks for the detailed instructions! Can’t wait to make some of them!

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