Hands On: Firefly Sun Catcher

Olivera Bratich
Only a few supplies are needed to make this adorable insect.

Summer is firefly season and with this fun family project, you can enjoy the glow of a firefly in the window all day long.


  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Yellow tissue and/or crepe paper
  • Clear contact paper (adhesive shelf liner)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


1. Cut out two, 5-inch-square pieces of contact paper.

2. Tear yellow tissue or crepe paper into pieces that are around ½ inch to 1 inch in diameter.

3. Remove the backing from one square of contact paper and lay it sticky side up.

4. Layer the yellow pieces on the contact paper until the surface is entirely covered.

5. Remove the backing from the second square and lay it sticky side down on top of the other square.

6. Cut an oval shape out of the square, using as much of the surface as possible.

7. Fold a sheet of black construction paper in half. Cut out two leaf shapes (like an oval that comes to a point at the top and bottom) for the wings.

8. Draw and cut out a circle that is approximately 2 inches in diameter, plus attached antennae, for the head.

9. Glue the head and wings on top of the yellow oval. Glue on googly eyes.

10. Hang your project in a window and let the light shine through!


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go towhollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.