DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

Create a DIY bug box for collecting caterpillars or lady bugs with this plastic canvas craft project.

Summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors! Take the kids in your life out bug hunting, and keep your catches in this DIY bug box to observe your catch up close. With this plastic canvas craft, all the ladybugs, caterpillars, beetles, and more will be safe for a few hours while you learn more about the wonders of nature.

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft Materials

  • 1 sheet plastic canvas (12 X 18 inches)
  • Plastic laces in your choice of color(s)
  • Large plastic beads
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft Instructions

  • From the plastic canvas, cut four (4) pieces approximately 3.5 x 5.5 inches, and two (2) pieces approximately 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Cut one (1) piece 2.5 x 3 inches. Trim the rough edges and ensure each of the matching pieces is exactly the same size.
  • On ONE of the larger pieces only, cut a square in the center (approximate), using the photos as a guide. (This will be the “entrance” to the box.)
  • Cut a piece of plastic lace about 20 inches long. Trim one side to a sharp point to serve as the “needle”. Use the plastic lace to edge the smallest piece of plastic canvas (this is the door) on three sides. Tie off the laces and trim at each end.
  • Using a piece of lace about 12 inches long, attach the door to the plastic canvas piece with the entrance hole. Refer to the photos as needed. Tie off the laces and trim at each end.

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

  • Line up two of the larger pieces along their longest sides. Use a piece of plastic lace (about 18 inches) to attach the two pieces together as shown, stitching through every other hole. Leave about two inches of lace at each end, and tuck the free end of the lace under the first stitch only on each end to secure.

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

  • Repeat with the remaining larger pieces to form an open-ended box.
  • Use plastic laces to attach the two end pieces in the same fashion.
  • Tie the loose end pieces together securely and trim. (If desired, apply a small drop of super glue to the knot for extra security.)

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

  • HANDLE: Cut a piece of plastic lace about 10 inches long. Tie a knot at one end and thread through the top box panel from underneath. String plastic beads to your desired handle length, thread the plastic lace back through the plastic canvas panel, and tie a knot to secure.

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

  • To create the door fastener, use a short piece of lace to attach a single bead to the front of the door as shown. Use another piece of lace to create a small loop, attached to the box itself. Refer to the photos for placement.

DIY Bug Box Plastic Canvas Craft

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Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.