Cute Little Ladybug Craft

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Abby loves doing crafts, as much as she loves playing with the finished product.  Since we've been learning about ladybugs, I thought it would be fun to make a ladybug of her own.

ladybug 2 logo

  • 4 circular objects in varying diameters (we used a small plate (6 3/4") and 2 glass bowls (about 7" and 4") and the top of a glue stick (1 1/2")
  • 1 black pipecleaner
  • 1 sheet of black cardstock or felt (we used glittered felt)
  • 1 sheet of patterned/solid red paper (we used basic patterned scrapbook paper)
  • 1 pair googly eyes
  • 1 brad (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Glue/Glue stick
  • White crayon
  • Colored writing instrument (pencil, crayon, marker--whatever you have)

First, trace and cut 1 small (4") and 1 medium (6 3/4") circle on the black paper.  Next, trace and cut a large circle (7") on the red paper.

tracing 2

cutting 2

circles 2

Use a small bit of glue and attach the black circles together to make the head and body.

glue 2

Take your ruler (or help child) and find the middle of your red circle, draw a line and cut in half.

Using Ruler 2

Use your smallest circular object (1 1/2") and trace any amount of spots on your black paper.  Abby chose to trace 6 spots.  Cut and glue each spot on each half of the red paper.

little circles 2

**If you choose not to use a brad, just glue your red wings on and skip this next step**  

Overlap the halves of red paper towards the top and hole punch.  Next, figure out where you want to attach your red wings to the black paper.  Once you decide, use a hole punch or scissors to make a hole in the black paper.  Attach your red wings to the black body with a brad.  Your wings should now be able to move back and forth.

To add antennae, punch two holes in the smaller black circle (head).  Take the black pipecleaner and bring both ends through the holes, each end should be sticking up.  Make a knot or twist the pipecleaner and then curl each end around a pencil.  You should now have two curly antennae.

Add some googly eyes and it's done!

ladybug beetle 2


  1. i love your patterned paper, make for a great effect on the wings. thanks for linking up this week on #kidsinthekitchen

  2. This is a great craft. If you are interested in other ideas come and visit Creative Saturdays - I base my activities on turtles as I have written and illustrated a children's book called Tadeo Turtle. But most of the ideas can be used for other animals. Today's creative is crayon resist and would work beautifully for a lady bug.
    I found you at Crafty Mom Share,

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Janis! I can't wait to check out your work.

  3. This is adorable! I know my girls would love to make it!

    1. My daughter has played with her ladybug non stop since we finished it. It's flown off chairs, blown away in front of the fan and the list continues. She's very easily entertained! :-)

  4. So pretty! Looking for craft ideas for next week-thanks!

  5. Love all the sparkles!! :) So very cute!!

  6. We will be featuring your post on a HUGE list of Rainy Day Summer Play activities on Share It Saturday this weekend! We will be sharing with all of our followers on our social media sites (including group boards and communities!!) Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!

    Colleen at

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Colleen. Can't wait to see the list of ideas!

  7. Tara, thank you so much for stopping by and linking up to last week's Get Crafty Friday. Your lady bug craft has been featured this week! Have a great weekend!


  8. I love this idea. We are doing a "Garden Friends" theme this summer and I'd love to steal this craft idea! I'm your new follower :) Angela at

    1. Hi Angela and thank you for following along with us! I'd be honored for you to use this idea. A "Garden Friends" theme sounds adorable, can't wait to see all your activities.