Summer Memories: Bug Holder

Does your little guy or gal love catching bugs? My children love to go outside and turn over rocks in search of bugs and creepyBug Holder crawly insects. Several summers ago, when my son was playing outside a butterfly flew towards him and landed right on his hand. The butterfly stayed long enough for me to go inside grab my camera, run outside, and capture a few shots of them together. I love the pictures of the butterfly on his hand and I wanted to find a unique way to showcase them. I thought a decorative bug holder was the perfect way!

Materials Needed:

ӢUnfinished Wooden Bug Holder
”¢ 7/8” Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon
”¢ Let’s Play Bobbin Ribbon
Ӣ Summer Bug Catching Photos
Ӣ Scrapbooking Letters
Ӣ Scrapbook Embellishments
Ӣ Acrylic Paint
Ӣ Mod Podge
Ӣ Foam Brush
Ӣ Mini Bowdabra
Ӣ Hair Bow Tool & Ruler
Ӣ Bowdabra Bow Wire
1. Begin with an unfinished wooden bug holder.
Wooden bug holder

2. Remove the bug holder’s door and paint both the holder and the door. Paint and let dry.

Bug Catcher

3. Decoupage photos and lettering onto the bug holder using Mod Podge and a foam brush.

Decoupage Photos

4. Let the Mod Podge dry.

Dry Mod Podge

5. Add a bow to the bug holder with 7/8” grosgrain ribbon and Let’s Play Bobbin Ribbon.

Grosgrain Ribbon

6. To make the bow for the top of the bug holder: Place the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler top of the Mini Bowdabra. Cut an 18” piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire and fold it in half.

Mini Bowdabra

7. Cut a piece of 7/8” grosgrain ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half at the center mark place the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra.

Bowmaking Tool

8. Fold the ribbon to create a 2” loop.

Loopy Ribbon

9. Create a 2” loop on the other side.

Loopy Ribbon

10. Fold the ribbon again to create two more 2” loops. Dovetail the ends of the ribbon.

Dovetail ends

11. Add a Let’s Play Bobbin Ribbon spray into the Mini Bowdabra.

Bobbin Ribbon spray

12. Scrunch down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

13. While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Mini Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.

Mini Bowdabra

14. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra. Gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra.

Bowdabra Bow

15. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow and knot.

Bow and Knot

16. Fluff the bow and tie it onto the top of the bug holder.

Bug Holder

17. Your summer memories bug holder is ready to be displayed or given as a gift.

Summer Memories Bug Holder



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