Bugged Out! 20 Handmade and DIY Bug-Inspired Projects Perfect for Baby

With the birth of my son Hayden 9 months ago, the girls officially became outnumbered in our house.  Sugar and spice and everything nice now receives a very healthy dose of puppy dog tails and slimy snails, and it really doesn’t help that my daughter loves bugs just as much as her brother!  This past weekend we spent a lot of time outside digging in the garden and came across plenty of creepy crawlie bugs, and the kids couldn’t have been more in heaven.  Son inspired by Spring and all that is buggy about the season, and all the time we’ll be spending outdoors, here are 20 bug inspired handmade items, crafts and even snacks, perfect for baby and toddler!

  • Wooden Bug Toys

    I love wooden toys as just that, toys, but love them equally as room and nursery decor. This trio of handmade bugs would be darling in a little nature themed nursery or kid’s room, displayed on a shelf or on a bedside table. Eco friendly and made with non toxic paint, these are perfect little toys for busy little hands.

    Shop Imagination Kids

  • Scoop Up the Bugs

    Another great bug themed display item, perfect for the nursery is this wooden jar of bugs, complete with scoops and sorting bowls. Once baby gets a bit older and is ready to start learning colors and counting, it makes for the perfect educational toy too!

    Shop Kat and Company

  • Butterfly Teether

    While one of the loveliest of insects, it still is a bug and a favorite of babies and young children for their beautiful colors and graceful nature. Give your little one teething relief with this non-toxic, non-allergenic handmade butterfly teether.

    Shop Little Sapling Toys

  • Love Bug Teething Ring

    Another fun, bug inspired teething option is this wood burned “Love Bug” teething ring. All organic, this teether is handmade and makes a perfect gift or special piece for your own baby.

    Shop Indie Bambinos

  • DIY Cuddle Bug Bodysuit

    I love the take on the bug reference, by using a silhouetted picture of a Volkswagen Bug. Learn how to make your own Cuddle Bug bodysuit for baby with this tutorial.

    Get the DIY from Whipperberry

  • B is for Bug

    This original fine art photo print would make the perfect artwork for a nursery or kid’s room, continuing with the VW Beetle as bug reference.

    Shop Walking To Jericho

  • Bug Party Decor

    I love a bug theme for a 1st birthday party or a young child’s party. This adorable banner is bright and colorful, and features snails and caterpillars, beetles and more!

    Shop Paper Party Parade

  • Rainbow Of Bugs

    Go all out in your bug theme with this complete “Rainbow Of Bugs” printable party set, including everything from the invitations to the snack cups! And even better, you can print it all at home.

    Shop Paper and Cake

  • Bug Mountain Cake

    If you’re having a bug party, you’ve gotta have a bug cake to go with it! Learn how to make this adorably creepy cake from Spoonful!

    Get the How-To From Spoonful

  • Cherry Caterpillar

    Eat your bugs? Sure, why not!?! Make snack time a little more fun and interesting by making this cherry caterpillar. You can even make the leaf, and read the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar during snack time.

    Get the How-To At Spoonful

  • Ladybugs On A Stick

    More snack time fun can be had when you complete the bug parade by making this ladybug on a stick snack! Using kiwis and raspberries, your little one will enjoy a silly, yet nutritious snack!

    Get the How-To From Spoonful

  • Rock Bugs

    Why not add craft time to snack time and make some bug inspired crafts? This rock bug is simple to make, and will get you and your little one outdoors to hunt for the materials.

    Get The How-To From Spoonful

  • Flutter Bye Finger Puppet

    Grab an old glove and some stickers, pipe cleaners and craft foam and help your little one make this adorable butterfly finger puppet. Sweet and simple, it will provide lots of fun imaginative playtime.

    Get the How-To From Spoonful

  • DIY Caterpillar Bodysuit

    Making this caterpillar bodysuit for baby couldn’t be easier, especially since it’s no-sew! Make one for your little one’s 1st birthday, or just because they’re so cute!

    DIY From The Pod and the Pea

  • Moth Bodysuits

    I love the simple, yet artistic design of these moth bodysuits, and would love one for my own little guy! These organic bodysuits are hand dyed and hand printed by the shop owner and artist. Beautiful works of art!

    Shop The Green Goat

  • Snail Bodysuit

    Handmade appliqued snail bodysuit is the perfect addition for your little love bug or as a handmade baby shower gift.

    Shop Love, Looloo

  • Crochet Caterpillar Hat

    Made of super soft yarn, this little caterpillar hat makes the perfect newborn gift or is adorable as a newborn photo prop. Available in newborn up to 6 months.

    Shop InHs Tyme

  • Snail Finger Puppets

    Looking for a sweet and unique gift for a special little love bug? These hand knitted finger puppets are made of super soft French cotton yarn and would make a sweet addition to your home puppet theater collection.

    Shop Domatoma

  • Bug Nursery Art

    A reprint of an original acrylic painting by the artist, this gorgeous piece of art is printed on heavy watercolor paper and features a variety of flying insects including moths, butterflies and ladybugs.

    Shop Little Island Kids

  • Bug Bib

    Bright and colorful, this bug bib screams Spring! Made of super soft cotton bug printed fabric on one side, the contrasting side is made of a coordinating striped fabric, making it reversible! Keep your baby neat and tidy with this adorable bib!

    Shop LaDame Artisanale

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