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DIY Firefly Lanterns

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The days are getting darker and colder, as winter approaches. Babysits and The Victoria Bug Zoo have just the thing to brighten up your dark winter nights. We will teach you how to make a firefly using an old toilet paper roll! The most common species of firefly in North America is the ‘common eastern firefly’, which also goes by the name ‘big dipper firefly’. This firefly is not actually a fly, but a type of beetle! Keep reading to learn how to make your own firefly lantern!


  • Toilet paper roll
  • Colored paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Antenna


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Step 1: Cut out a semi-circle at the bottom of your toilet paper roll.

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Step 2: Paint the roll black or dark brown.

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Step 3: Add a pair of eyes! You can also add red details with paint or paper.

Step 4: Use construction paper to cut out some wings, and glue them to your roll.

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Step 5: Put white or yellow printer inside the toilet roll so it covers the hole you made at the start. Add some black antennae using pipe cleaners as a finishing touch!

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Your firefly lantern is all done! All that’s left to do now is to turn off the lights and place an electrical tea light inside (Do not use real fire!). Take a picture of your finished creations, and tag us on Instagram @babysits and @victoriabugzoo! Did you enjoy this DIY? Click here for more tutorials!

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