If you are thinking about experimenting some craft at home, making a walnut beetle can be a cool thing to try. It can be a good gift idea for kids and friends. Let’s see how to make it:
How to Make a Walnut Beetle?
Take a walnut and break it into two halves. We would require only one half. Make sure that you are able to cut it into two halves, i.e. they are not broken from anywhere. Cut off all the nuts from inside, so that the walnut is thoroughly cleaned. Clean the inner surface with a brush. If the stuff inside can’t be taken out easily, take a pen or pencil and clean it. It would make it easy to break them if walnuts you take are brittle, so that they can be separated easily. It is a delicate work and a little extra force can break your walnut. So, clean with care.
Making Eyes and Painting Body
You would require poster colors for this part. Use red and black colors. But, you can try other colors too like green, dark brown for making it fancy. Take half nut and paint it red throughout. Let it dry completely. Now, make different round spots in black throughout its body. Let the spots dry. For eyes, he used two musical ankles beads. You can use any types of beads that are available in market. Paint each one with a black poster color.
As each eye dries, make highlights with a bright yellow color. You can again experiment here with different colors. Dry the color. One can even use pulses to make eyes. Look inside your kitchen and see what you can use. Still, metallic beads are the best, as they are durable and there is no probability that some insect shall eat way the pulses way and make your insect blind. It was already without a head, for that matter.
Making Head and Legs
You can also make the head part. What you need to do is to take a very small walnut and break in exactly in two halves. Like with the bigger nut part, take one half and remove all the contents from inside. Paint it with your favorite colors. After the paint dries, join head to rest of the part. And the eyes shall now be pasted to head part. For more fun, you can make two antennas on eyes too. Take two flexible, thin wire pieces for that and glue them on eyes. What you get is a real-looking insect. And yes, you can always be creative; there are so many types of insects with different designs. Keep on experimenting. Making legs is a bit difficult. You will need an aluminum or copper wire for these.
Alternatively, you can also use hair pins. You would need round-needle nose pliers and a wire cutter for bending and cutting legs. Take a long copper wire and cut it into equal pieces. Cut out a six centimeter length out of it. Bend it vertically, 2.5 cm from the upper end, with the help of pliers. Bend to make it exactly vertical to the rest of the part. This is the portion that will be glued to nut surface. You will see that wire looks like an ‘S’ in shape. Similarly, make rest of the legs. Make three pairs as a beetle has six legs.
How to Adorn a Glitter Box?
Take a wooden or metallic box. Spread glue thoroughly over its upper case. Let it set for a minute or so. Then, sprinkle your favorite glitter all over it. Do the same for the lower case of the box. Use small mirror beads, metallic chains, copper beads, silver-plated rings, and bangle-pieces for garnishing the box more. Take single bead pieces, smear resin to each one of them, one by one, and paste them over the glittered surface. Glitter boxes are readily available in market, but if you make one at home, there can be nothing like it. Yet another craft you can try along with beetle.
Beetles as Ornaments
These have been used for decorative purposes from an ancient time. In Egypt, those feeding on waste were considered sacred. Images of these species have been found in the excavations in the form of images, ivories, necklaces, and precious metals. Even today, these insects are used for decorative purposes. Bodies of them are encapsulated in plastic and are decorated and presented as souvenirs. You must have seen key-chains, brooches, and other costumes.
Try this craft idea at home. And yes, you can do any modifications if you like.