Totempole craft patterns and templates may be used for teaching children a variety of crafty skills. Insect designs on totem poles appear very similar to bird characters and can be difficult to recognize in totem pole art. Mosquitos are quite prevalent in rain forests where tall trees grow so it is common to find mosquitos carved into totem poles.
It is believed any wild creature that tries to steal children to eat are caught, burned then transformed into mosquitos which are, in turn, eaten by birds.
An ant character could represent positive qualities such as determination, patience and hard working aspects of a clan or artist. The butterfly might portray grace and metamorphosis or the ability to accept change. A Bumble bee character might represent an organized and wise community or celebration of life.
Make beautiful eye-catching stunning and colorful sun catchers for the windows. Save the images to your computer and pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" or material which is available at any office supply store. Children will enjoy decorating the windows of the home or car with easily removable and transparent window decals. Make Thunderbird and Grizzley Bear and other character magnet totem tokens for children to trade and share.
Print and color these totem characters with Crayola Crayons or Magic markers. Laminate your favorite paper decorations to make permanent or long-lasting ornaments that can be used as unique gifts for relatives and friends.
Insects in this section are a mixture of creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.
Children can trace the totempole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.
These coloring book patterns can easily be applied to scrollsaw woodworking to make splendid wooden ornaments and decorations. Totem designs can just as easily be used for embroidery, needlepoint, crochet and other cloth artwork or make impressive-looking latch-hook rugs and wall hangings.
Apply these patterns to glass etching techniques or creatively sponge paint stenciling designs to trim your walls or ceramics or decorate wooden furniture.