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Crafts: Foam Caterpillar

Crafts: Foam Caterpillar

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

Here's a critter you'll actually enjoy seeing in your garden or planter. Our cheerful, cheeky caterpillar is constructed out of - surprise! - foam practice golf balls, available at major retailers.


  • 3 foam practice golf balls
  • Serrated knife
  • Colored craft foam
  • 18-gauge wire
  • 12-inch wooden skewer
  • Permanent marker


Foam Caterpillar - Step 1

1. Slice 2 balls into thirds with a serrated knife (a parent's job).

Foam Caterpillar - Step 2

2. Cut about a dozen colored craft foam circles (for perfect circles, trace a cut ball).

3. For the antennae, clip two 2- to 3-inch pieces of 18-gauge wire and curl the ends.

4. Draw a face on a third ball with a permanent marker, let the ink dry for 15 minutes, and insert the antennae.

Foam Caterpillar - Step 5

5. To assemble your bug, poke the craft foam circles and ball pieces in an alternating pattern on a 12-inch wooden skewer. Then top off your skewer with the ball and find a leafy home for your new friend.