Ladybugs have been seen as a symbol of hope and peace. If one lands on you it’s supposed to be good luck. This simple ladybug craft starts with a painted oval, but if you’d prefer to skip the paint (and mess) just use markers instead. The spots are just torn recycled newspaper which gives this little bug craft a unique detail. Plus, tearing the newspaper is the perfect way for kids to practice bilateral coordination, a precursor for activities like using scissors, and fine motor skills.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Construction paper
- Paint (red and black)
- Glue stick
- Paper plate (optional)
- Small black pompoms (optional)
Just like every craft you will find here (including our collections and craft ebooks in the shop), this ladybug craft uses items that you already have in your bag if you have used our master list of craft supplies to stock up. This list is 27 basic items that have been carefully curated so that you don’t have to run to the store every time you want to make a cool craft with your kids. Just fill your bag, and you’re all set. It’s like having a capsule wardrobe that you can mix and match for amazing “outfits” but for kids crafts instead of clothes.
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Ladybug Craft Instructions
Step 1: Paint Your Ladybug
- Choose a color of construction paper to use as your background for this ladybug craft.
- Pinch the pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”. You can use different sizes of pompoms for different sizes of brushes.
- Squeeze out some red and black paint onto a plate or piece of newspaper.
- In the center of your paper, paint a large red oval.
- Then use the black to paint the head of your ladybug (as pictured).
- Last, use a q-tip to add a black line down the center of your ladybug’s body.
If you do not have paint or are crafting in a place where using paint is not an option, just pull out the markers or crayons for this step instead. Just pull them out of your craft bag.
Step 2: Add the Newspaper Spots
- While the paint is drying, tear small circles from your newspaper. **As you can see, the circles do not have to be perfect and can vary in size and shape.
- Once the paint has dried, use your glue stick to add the spots to your ladybug.
Step 3: Finish Off Your Work of Art
- Now it’s time to give your ladybug art some details.
- We added antennae using small strips of black construction paper and little black pompoms.
- Then we decorated the background using markers. Make whatever design you would like…or even write a message and give this as a special gift.
Now that you know how to make a ladybug craft, it’s time to really make it your own. Break all of the rules. Your finished craft does not and should not look just like the picture here. It should be unique to you! If you want your ladybug to be green or hot pink, go for it. Or if you want to make several small ladybugs on your picture instead of one large one, that’s ok too. Design your own background to truly create a work of art that is as original as you are. The only limit is your imagination!