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Caterpillar Art Triptych

Add this charming three-panel piece featuring a crawly critter to a kid's bedroom or playroom. Also try: Ladybug Art and Bumblee Art.

Caterpillar Art Triptych

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2012

materials

  • Card stock (dark green, light green, yellow, orange, and red)

  • Craft knife or scissors

  • Ruler or straightedge

  • Frames

steps

  1. Using the small circle cutter, cut two 2-inch circles from dark green card stock for the antennae ends. Cut two 2 1/2-inch circles from orange card stock and two 4-inch circles from yellow card stock for the eyes.

  2. With the large circle cutter, cut eight 6-inch circles from both the dark and light green card stock (a total of 16 circles, or more if desired) for the body, a 5-inch circle from light green card stock and a 4-inch circle from dark green card stock for the end of the tail, and a 9-inch circle from dark green card stock for the head.

  3. Cut an additional 10-inch circle from light green card stock and, without lifting up the cutter, adjust the blade to cut a 9-inch circle out of the center, forming a 1/2-inch ring. Cut this ring into quarters to make the antennae.

  4. Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, assemble the head of the caterpillar. Create each eye from a 2 1/2-inch orange dot affixed to a 4-inch yellow dot and attach to front of head; attach the 2-inch dark green dots to the ends of the antennae and attach antennae to back of head.

  5. Use a back insert of one of your frames as a template to cut out 3 background pieces of red card stock. Place the three pieces next to one another on your work surface and begin laying out the caterpillar. 

  6. Start at the end of the tail with the 4-inch dark green circle, then the 5-inch light green circle and continue building the body with alternating dark and light green 6-inch circles, overlapping slightly and coiling across all three pieces of red card stock as desired. End with the finished head. Once you’ve laid out your design, use double-sided tape or a glue stick to attach all pieces to the card stock background.

  7. Using a craft knife and a straightedge or ruler, cut caterpillar body where it crosses between the pieces of background card stock, place each section into a frame, and secure all frame backs into place.

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