These little critters are by far the nicest – littlest – sweetest things we have made, and when their bums light up… well that just brings squeals of happiness!! You just have to try make some of these!

We live in The Netherlands now, but I’m originally from Durban in South Africa. One of the positives about 100% humidity and a tropical climate are the fireflies that come out at night and really are just amazing every time you get lucky enough to spot some!

We have a bunch of left over Easter eggs lying around, so deciding what to do with them I saw a post about turning them into a firefly using a glow stick. We don’t have glow sticks, but we do have lots of little tea lights, the battery kind, so we got making!


  • 1 Empty plastic egg
  • Some tissue paper and card to cut out wings
  • 2 Eyes, we used googly eyes, but you can make your own
  • 1 Battery operated tea light
  • 3 Pipe cleaner to make legs


  1. An egg usually has a smaller – more pointy side – this is the backside! The yellow eggs work the best – we also used a purple one, and it glows, but not as well.
  2. Assemble your firefly by sticking 6 legs underneath the egg – I used 3 long pipe cleaners and stuck them in the center, feelers – I used a longer piece as I did the legs and stuck it in the center. Add wings, which you can make from card or tissue paper (I used both) and eyes.
  3. And then, the fun part – which I’ll admit even had me excited… turn on your tealight, pop it into the egg, facing backwards, and close the egg!

    A firefly with a glowing bum! How much fun is that!

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  • Emma Owl
    • 26 Nov 2014
      1:30 pm

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  • Such a simple idea and it looks amazing


  • These are too cute! Always have heaps of these eggs on discount after Easter too


  • Great for the kids. But where do we find plastic eggs? Only Easter eggs I get are all eaten


  • What a delightful idea! Kids will love doing this.


  • I’ve often wondered if fireflies sting. And they have plastic eggs left after Easter?! Where would I get me some of them?


  • Pretty cute indeed – thanks for sharing they look great!


  • These are so cute


  • Really like this idea a great night light for my kiddies

    • We have stacks of plastic eggs left over from Easter


  • I love upcycling and have a huge collection of these plastic eggs. This is definitely going on our school holiday activity list. Brilliant idea. So cute.


  • These are simply adorable! I can’t wait to make some for my little one.


  • These are really adorable! I agree, with another comment, they’d look pretty cool out in the garden!


  • What a fab idea. Reckon they’d be lovely strung up on a string for lights too.


  • What great ornaments for the garden. They’d make great presents.


  • You’ve done an excellent job. They look exceptional. Great decoration idea. Thanks


  • That is so cool. I have never seen battery tea lights I will keep an eye out for them.


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