Easy Painting Idea: Cork Stamp Painting to Create Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

This simple art technique for kids uses a wine cork with paint as a stamp and then details are added to make the painted stamps look like bugs, insects, and creepy crawlies! All you need are wine corks, acrylic paint, and markers. This easy painting idea works great at home or in the classroom.

Finished wine cork stamping painting projects shown on two papers with painted butterflies, bugs, snails, spiders, bees, ladybugs and even a caterpillar surrounded by wine corks covered with paint and paint splotches
Make caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, and more using cork painting.

Easy Painting Idea for Kids

Have you tried wine cork painting with your kids? This is a fun easy art activity for kids of all ages. Make all kinds of bugs and creepy crawlies using wine corks, paint, and a marker.

Related: More bug crafts

How many different bugs can you make? Pair this art project with a study unit about bugs and insects. Read books about them, study them outdoors, and make fun food to enjoy too.

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How to make bug and insect cork painting

We are going to use corks from wine bottles dipped into acrylic paint to make bugs, insects, and creepy crawlies.

You will need corks, acrylic paint, and paper to make bugs and insects by cork painting
Gather corks, acrylic paint, and paper for cork painting.

Supplies needed to make wine cork insect art

Instructions for making wine cork insect art

Step 1 is to paint a caterpillar with a wine cork and two shades of green acrylic paint
Dip the cork into green paint and stamp it on paper to make a caterpillar.

Step 1

Pour a little acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dip the end of the cork into the paint and stamp it on the paper. Continue dipping and stamping just like the caterpillar (pictured above) until you’ve created the main body part for your bug or insect.

Cork art craft tip: You can mix colors, just like we did, by adding more colors to the paper plate and mixing them together just a little bit with the cork.

Step 2 - using corks of different sizes and mixing paint colors will make your bug and insect cork paintings more interesting
Use corks of different sizes to paint butterfly wings.

Step 2

We’ve already shown you what happens when you mix paint colors together. Now, try using corks of different sizes to paint things like butterfly wings or add a smaller head to a beetle’s body. Once you’ve stamped all of the main body parts or wings for your bugs, set your paintings aside to dry.

Step 3 - once your cork paintings are dry, use a marker to add legs, spots, eyes, and more to your bugs and insects.
Add legs, eyes, spots, and more to your bugs using a marker.

Step 3

Use a marker to add eyes, legs, feelers, wings, and more to each of your painted spots. We even added a web for our spiders to hang from.

Butterflies, beetles, snails, spiders, bees, ladybugs, and a caterpillar made using wine corks, paint, and a marker.
Butterflies, beetles, snails, spiders, bees, ladybugs, and caterpillar art.

Our finished bug and insect cork painting

Use a shaped paper punch to cut out your bugs and insects. Attach them to colored pieces of cardstock to make gift tags for presents. Or, turn the tags over to make a matching game for kids to play.

More bugs and insects you can make:

  • Dragonflies
  • Assorted beetles
  • Flies
  • Fireflies
  • Ants
  • Butterflies – see more butterfly painting ideas
Yield: 1

Cork Painting Insects and Bugs

Cork Painting Insects and Bugs

Make bugs, insects, and creepy crawlies with cork painting.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Wine corks - assorted sizes
  • Acrylic paint - assorted colors
  • Paper or card stock
  • Marker
  • Paper plate

Instructions

  1. Pour acrylic paint onto the paper plate.
  2. Dip the end of the cork into the paint and stamp it on the paper. Tip: mix colors and use corks of assorted sizes.
  3. Set your paintings aside to dry.
  4. Once dry, use a marker to add legs, eyes, and more to your bugs and insects.

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Have you made cork painting projects with your kids? How did they turn out?

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