How To Decorate A Firefly Jar

Ray is a firefly, always cheerful, optimistic and hangs-out in the bayous. Most of us won’t be able to go to the bayous and see Ray but, you can learn how to decorate a firefly jar. Inside your firefly jar you can plant and grow water plants or add fake ones to create your own bayous scene.

Firefly Jar

By Cindy Littlefield

Decorate a jar with glittery fireflies that light up the night, just like Cajun firefly Ray.

When it comes to livening up a gloomy bayou, no one’s got it covered better than a certain Cajun firefly named Ray. Not only can he play zydeco music on a caterpillar squeeze box but, with one quick whistle, he can round up his whole firefly family to illuminate the night with hundreds of tiny twinkling lights. Here’s a bright idea that will have your child glowing: filling a jar with a whole bunch of paper fireflies.

You’ll need:

* Colored craft or scrapbook paper (yellow, lavender, and black)

* Fine-tipped black marker

* Yellow glitter glue

* Large plastic jar with a cover

* Glue dots

Download the Fireflies template.


1. Print out the template and cut out the pieces. Cut out a bunch of firefly glow circles from yellow paper. For each circle, cut out two pairs of wings from lavender paper and two body shapes from black paper.

2. Working with one circle at a time, glue a body shape onto the center. Then cover the body with a pair of wings, positioning them just below the head, to create the top view of a firefly. Have your child use the marker to draw on antennae, legs, and a line that divides the top of the wings, as shown.

Firefly 1

3. Now flip the circle over and create the underside of the firefly, this time first gluing on the wings and then topping them with a body. Draw on antennae and legs. Then apply yellow glitter glue to the lower portion of the body to simulate the flash of a firefly’s abdomen. Set the circle aside for the glitter glue to dry.

Firefly 2

4. Use glue dots to randomly attach the completed fireflies to the inner surface of the jar so that the underside is against the plastic. Encourage your child to turn the bugs in different directions so that some are crawling upwards and others point down or sideways.


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Set includes 2-piece Double-Viewer, 3 collecting jars with magnifying lids, and 2 pairs of tweezers for collecting samples. Double-Viewer enables kids to see their specimens from both the top and the bottom.

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