Light Up Lightning Bug




Introduction: Light Up Lightning Bug

Ever wanted to make a cute lightning bug on a stick? Well now you can! With this easy step-by-step guide on how to make this project. It even lights up!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You need:


Copper tape

Jumbo Popsicle sticks

Black and white paper


Small LED light

3v button battery

Step 2: Find an Outline

Find an outline online, or draw one yourself. Then draw it all out on the black paper. After that you will want to draw any of the pieces that will be in white, the wings and the bottom, on the white paper.

Step 3: Cut Out Your Pieces

Your pieces include all of the parts that you drew.

Step 4: Begin the Process!

Glue the head piece to the top of a popsicle stick, then determine where your light needs to go, right above the glowing part of a lightning bug. Go ahead and wrap your light around the stick to where both pieces are not touching.

Step 5: Create a Simple Circuit

On the opposite side of your stick, where the wire pieces of your light should be, place two lines in copper tape, one long than the other. Then, glue your battery on the longer copper wire.

Step 6: Assemble Your Lightning Bug

Begin gluing your pieces in place.

Step 7: Finishing Your Circuit

Trace and cut out a piece to cover the back side of your project. Be sure to include a piece of copper tape that connects the shorter tape to the battery on this piece. Then glue it all down.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

On the front, under the last piece of your lightning bug, add a black strip and glue on a "button." This adds an extra touch. Then you are done! Thanks for reading this project and I hope that you find it simple enough to do with your children!

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    2 years ago

    Standards: NGSS 4-PS3-2

    We used a variation of this as a cross-cutting concept between ecosystems and circuitry (our students started with squishy circuits). Students each created an individual lightning bug to be placed into a student-made forest. We had more success with conductive cloth tape rather than copper tape. Students had some issues with taping, so in the future, we would do a paper circuit unit in advance to give them more practice.


    4 years ago

    Aw, that would be an adorable kids' craft for summer time :)