How To Make Clay Bugs for the Backyard
These colorful clay bugs will brighten up any backyard.
Insert a small glass votive holder into the center of a wide-mouth jar. (When choosing jars, make sure they all have wide enough mouths to fit most of your hand down into.)
Gently place sea glass or stones around the glass votive holder. Make sure the votive holder stays in the center of the jar.
Place a flickering LED light into the glass votive holder. To conserve battery power, tea lights can be turned off when they're not in use.
Wrap 18-gauge wire around the top of the jar, just under the bottom lip, twice. About 18 inches of wire should do the trick, depending on the size of the jar.
Take the shorter, loose end of the wire and tie a knot on the right side of the jar. Leave about 3 inches of wire hanging freely out to the side.
Wrap the shorter, loose end of the wire around the long end several times.
Take the long end of the wire and wrap it under both wires on the left side of the jar.
Repeat the process described in step 7 on the left side of the jar, leaving about 3 inches of wire hanging out to the side. Use scissors to cut the wire if it's too long.
Using a pencil, wrap the straight, loose ends of the handle to create a curlicue on each side of the jar.