Baskets and bunnies! Easter is a time for family and fun for everyone, even if you’re a HEXBUG nano! In this week’s #HEXDIY we’ll show you how to make a nano Easter Playground, a perfectly pastel place where your bug collection can roam free. Gather an assortment of materials like plastic eggs, faux flowers, and unleash your creative side! Once it’s complete, watch nano bugs skitter through their brand-new, custom environment. This is a great craft to make with cousins or friends after Easter dinner. Follow along below and we’ll walk you through the process, step by step!
Before you begin: You may need an adult’s assistance using scissors, glue gun, and general assembly.
- HEXBUG nano ($4.99, hexbug.com)
- Plastic Ruler with Finger Grip ($1.99, target.com)
- Cardboard (any cardboard will do, a shoe box, appliance box, whatever you have on hand)
- 12 pack of Plastic Eggs ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
- Kid Made Modern 5ct Paint Brush Set ($5.99, target.com)
- Apple Barrel acrylic paints ($1.67 each, walmart.com)
- Markers (You may use whatever kind you like, we used Prismacolor Markers which usually go for $3.69 per marker, dickblick.com)
- All-purpose High Temperature Mini Hot Glue Gun ($3.99, hobbylobby.com)
- Assorted Easter knick-knacks [erasers, faux flowers, fuzzy chicks] ($13.99, walmart.com)
Select a paint color. We recommend using something in the pastel family, to stick with the Easter theme.
Use your paintbrush to apply an even coat of your selected color to your cardboard surface. Smooth, flat cardboard works best. Square and rectangle shapes work really well for this project.
Starting at the edge of your cardboard, measure one inch inwards. Repeat this step for all four sides of your Easter playground base.
Fold up the one inch borders. These will act as perimeters to keep your nano bugs contained. Apply hot glue to the intersections of the walls to keep them securely in place.
Begin decorating. Add plastic eggs, Easter erasers, faux flowers, and more! Secure each item in place with a dollop of hot glue. Add final details with markers, we drew an assortment of spring flowers on our board!
Show us how your Easter environment turned out! Take a photo of your nano Easter Playground and share your results. Use the hashtag “#HEXDIY” and tag us in your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!