How to make caterpillars from peanut shells

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Today I bring you peanut-shell caterpillars. 

Why caterpillars? Because they are fascinating creatures, really!. If you don’t believe me, read all about them here. Some people do not like them because they are wriggly and worm-like. But did you know caterpillars come in a variety of colors and patterns, and eventually, they develop into even more colorful butterflies and moths. Through a process called metamorphosis, they pass through the ‘pupa’ stage before turning into butterflies. And who doesn’t like butterflies?

Besides, many peanut shells actually look like caterpillars about to move, with their wave-like motion!

Peanut shells

Materials needed to turn peanut shells into caterpillars:

  • Roasted peanut shells
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Varnish
  • Seed beads

How to make peanut shell caterpillars:

Shells of roasted peanuts are best for making caterpillars because they are hard and moisture free. Needless to say, when you crack open the shells to eat the nuts, make sure they break in perfect halves. You also need the correct pairs of the shell-halves. So, do not get them all mixed up, because the first step in making the caterpillars is to rejoin the shells with glue to make them whole again.

Watch this video to see how simple and easy it is!

In a nutshell, this is what you need to do:

When the glue dries,  paint them in caterpillar colors. If you aren’t sure, refer to the variety of caterpillars in the owlcation guide.

When the paint dries, be sure to apply a coat of varnish for the luster.

When the varnish dries, add the eyes and the legs. That’s it! really! 

peanut shell caterpillars

Simple and easy, isn’t it? You can now use them as garden ornaments or inside jars in your living room. 

If you like such DIY garden and room decor, you might also try out the Nut shell snail and the Cactus plants made of nut shells

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