Saturday, June 30, 2012

ATTACK OF THE GIANT ANTS! Recycled Golf Ball Ants Craft Project DIY



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Here's a giant ant that won't disrupt your picnic, or eat your house!  I promise!


Materials:

-  Three golf balls
-  Black spray paint (I used outdoor spray paint in a satin black)
-  Wire hanger
-  20 gauge wire
-  Hot glue
-  Pliers
-  Wire cutters
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  Safety glasses

Here are some of the items, incase you want to give it a try.  You can do red ants instead, if you want to do fire ants!





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Glue the three golf balls together.
2.  Drill six holes in the sides (three on each side) of the ant.  I put one on the back part and two in the middle and left the head without any holes (for now).
3.  Cut six pieces of the wire hanger - approximately 2.5 inches in length- and bend each end.  
4.  Insert into the leg holes.
5.  Drill two holes in the head for the antennae.  Take a few inches of the 20 gauge wire and wrap it around a pen or skewer to create the antennae. 
6.  Hot glue the legs and antennae.
7.  Spray paint the ant.  Let it dry and your are done!!
8.  Display proudly!

*For those of you down south, you might want to go red for fire ants!

I'd love to see what you come up with!  Share your creations on our Facebook page!

Have fun and Happy Crafting!

Mona

UPDATE:
Just a warning. We have had 90 -100 degree+ heat here in the Chicago area (most of the summer) and they held up well, but eventually the hot glue just couldn't hold it anymore. So, I would suggest using an epoxy, or what I did to fix it. I broke out my rotary tool and drilled a hole where they were glued together, used another piece of wire hanger, squirt some glue in holes and hot glued together again. I let it all dry and spray painted it. It worked like a charm and you can't tell they ever came apart.  Now if it gets hot, the hanger inside doesn't allow it to try and pull apart.  The heat here has continued and they are holding up fine!  If you are using them inside, the hot glue is more than enough.

Mona 







23 comments:

  1. I hate ants but those are soooo cute. Love those. The perfect ants. I am a new follower too.

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  2. Thanks Marisa! Glad to have you here and following! Those are the only ants I like too! I thought they'd be cute crawling up a wall, but I never got to it.

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  3. I LOVE THESE!! They are so adorable. I can't wait to make some for my yard!!

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  4. Thanks Jen!
    Just a warning. We have had 90 -100 degree+ heat here in the Chicago area (most of the summer) and they held up well, but eventually the hot glue just couldn't hold it anymore. So, I would suggest using an epoxy, or what I did to fix it. I broke out my rotary tool and drilled a hole where they were glued to together, used another piece of wire hanger, squirt some glue in and hot glued together again. I let it all dry and spray painted it again. It worked like a charm and you can't tell they came apart. Now if it gets hot, the hanger inside doesn't allow it to try and pull apart. If you are using them inside, the hot glue is more than enough. Thanks again for stopping by! Mona on Recycled Golf Ball Ants Craft Project

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  5. You just have to make sure you don't go too deep when drilling the holes. I drill holes in golf balls to make hanging ornaments and if you go too deep, there is a liquid inside some balls and it can squirt out or distort your ball. I am going to try making these cause they are so cute and I have lots of golf balls! Thanks for the tute!

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  6. I made two of these today. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea. I painted one black and one red. I also painted eyes and a cute little mouth. They are going out in my garden next to my bowling ball ladybugs. I LOVE crafting.
    Thanks again, Debbie

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  7. WOW! I love the craft. Thanks for writing the materials needed will do just like this with my kids.

    You can visit my blog too. starfall

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  8. Love the idea but please stop saying 'ummmm' during your videos.

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    1. 17 ummmmms in the first 2 minutes! Lol

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    2. If you have time to count ummms, you should get a life.

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  9. Cindi in WashingtonApril 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Bought me some golf balls at a garage sale just for this project. Looking forward to making these little ants. These little guys are going to be so cute in my garden. I will be painting eyes and a little mouth on mine also, I think a face will give each ant it's own personality. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Made these so cute.......also made one out 3 softball wanted a bigger size.....painted red... it's gorgeous thanks for the idea!

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  11. Very cute craft; You are so talented. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I made these this past weekend using plastic practice golf balls (both the wiffle type ( aka with holes) and the hollow ones that look like reg golf balls. I used a corn holder to puncture that ball and then insert the pieces of wire hanger, then sprayed with plastic spray paint. Some red, some black.

    Plus I made a "centipede" by connecting 15 balls together in a serpentine shape and spray painted blue. Made a great b-day present for Grandma - she loved loved these additions for her garden.

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    1. and now I want to make AOUS (ants of unusual size) with wiffle softballs. tee hee

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  13. add some wings and make into a butterfly or bee!

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  14. Mine won't stand up! What did I miss? Thanks!

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  15. I'm guessing the legs are different lengths, or the holes might be too wide for the wire. If so, put some glue into the holes and then the legs, allow to dry and you should be good to go! Hope that helps!
    Mona

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  16. Last year, I made "ants" for a picnic themed party. I made the "ants" using three ping pong balls hot glued together. They were very lightweight and easy to poke holes into for the legs. After spray painting the bodies black, I used black pipe cleaners for the legs and antennae. The ants could be made to stand up, sit, etc. just by bending the pipe cleaners. I used red and white gingham tablecloths with a few "ants" in the center as well as several "ants" crawling on the buffet table. Everyone loved the picnic theme!

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  19. Time to rob my hubby's golf bag. I'm making some of these in red (I live in the South) and black for my granddaughters buy themed birthday party. So stinkin' cute!!

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Mona