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How to Make a Ladybug Craft With Egg Cartons

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How to Make an Egg Carton Ladybug

Kids will enjoy making a ladybug craft, especially if they first have the opportunity to look at these cute insects up close.

Do you know how ladybugs got their name? It is because Our Lady Mary was often depicted with a red cloak, and the seven black spots were said to represent the seven joys and seven sorrows of Mary. In Britain and Ireland, ladybugs are called ladybirds. Since this insect is actually neither a bug nor a bird, the preferred official name is ladybird beetle. They also go by the Latin family name of Coccinellidae.

The reason ladybugs are not considered "real bugs" (hemiptera) but beetles (coleoptera) has to do with the fact that their forewings (elytra) are entirely hardened and give the ladybug its pretty red color.

Learn how to make these darling creatures with egg cartons below!

What You'll Need

  • Egg carton
  • Small scissors
  • Acrylic paint in white, red, black
  • Paintbrush
  • Varnish/sealant
  • Google eyes
  • Glue
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Glue gun
  • Cloth wire
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1. Cut the Carton

Cut a cell out of an egg carton. Trim the edge of the cell with small scissors to form a small "bucket".

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2. Paint the Cell

Start by painting the cell with a coat of white paint. Let it dry. Next, paint the egg cell red. Let it dry again.

Note: Paint the cell white first because some colors are partially transparent, which means the gray of the egg carton can show through these colors without the base.

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3. Draw the Details

Draw a line with a pencil to separate the head of the body. Paint the head black.

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4. Finish the Details

With a small paintbrush or a permanent black marker, draw a black line to separate the elytra. Feel free to draw it with a pencil first if you'd like. With the tip of the handle of a paintbrush, add black spots on the elytra and let it dry.

When the paint is dry, you can add an optional coat of varnish to protect your project.

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5. Glue the Eyes

Glue fun eyes to the front of the head of the ladybug. Then, take a pipe cleaner and cut six small pieces for the legs.

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6. Secure the Legs

Glue the legs in place on the inside of the egg carton cell with a glue gun. When the glue has set, bend the legs so that they come out from underneath the body of the ladybug.

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7. Add the Antennas

Make two small holes on top of the head. Take two pieces of cloth wire (the kind used to make flowers) and give them the desired shape to form the antennas. Slide them through the holes and glue them in place.

Watch the Ladybug Being Formed

Make an egg carton potato beetle!

Potato beetle craft

Potato beetle craft

Fantasy beetles are fun as well!

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© 2013 kidscrafts

Comments

Connie's House from The Wild, Wild West, Arizona on August 29, 2014:

These are adorable! Thank-you for showing us how to make them. My granddaughter will love these!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 23, 2014:

VocalCoach, thank you very much for your visit, votes and pinning!

Have a great long weekend!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 23, 2014:

Awordlover, thank you for your kind comment. In French they are also known with two different names. The translation of one of them is "God Creature" :-)

I hope that you can use some of the ideas for the nursery school of your granddaughter :-)

Enjoy your long weekend!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 22, 2014:

Too cute for words! This is so clever. A really fun project for kids (and me.) Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinning/sharing. Thanks so much!

awordlover on March 19, 2014:

I volunteer at my granddaughter's nursery school and the teachers always get the Moms and Grandmoms to do the cutting and trace work. We just did a project using ladybugs and I had no idea they were called something else - ladybirds. I just thought they were known as ladybugs everywhere! I learned something new today. You have some great articles I will be bookmarking for future reference. Voted up. Thanks for the follow back.

Rachael

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 20, 2014:

Thank you for your visit Janice and kind comment as well :-) It's a fun project to do with kids... or adults who want to exercice their creativity :-)

Have a nice week!

Janice S on January 20, 2014:

Love the step by step instructions for this adorable lady bugs AND for the beetles too. So cute!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 17, 2014:

Thank you for you visit, KoffeeKlatchGals :-) I am sure your students will love it but I am wondering if some will dare try other colours and be creative :-)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on January 17, 2014:

How adorable these egg carton crafts are. I think I will try it with my students. They will love it.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 16, 2014:

Thank you very much for your visit and kind comment, Victoria :-) I had fun creating all those little bugs :-)

Enjoy your evening!

Joelle

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 16, 2014:

How adorable!! I would love to make some of these for my nursery! What a precious little craft. Very nice job writing this article. Voted up!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 16, 2014:

Thank you for your visit, SallyBea! You could also show your wonderful pictures to the little ones before creating the ladybugs. What I like about crafts is that it can be a connection with science and a way for children to discover and learn.

Have a great day!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 16, 2014:

Thank you for your visit and comments Shyron! Making crafts with kids it's a great way to have quality time with them, to talk with them and also for them to use those wonderful little fingers :-) It opens possibilities as well because they don't have to make a ladybug; they can create a ladybug with other colours or something totally different.

Enjoy your day!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 16, 2014:

Hi CareerMommy! There are so many things you can create with egg carton; I am sure that I only scratched vaguely on the possibilities :-) I think your kids will enjoy create ladybugs... or any other cute bugs with egg carton! Thanks for the visit and kind comments!

Have a nice day!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on January 16, 2014:

Kidscrafts - what a lovely idea - definitely something I am going to store away in my memory box, perfect for that rainy day when the little ones come to visit.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 15, 2014:

This is such a wonderful idea to keep kids busy and make neat things at the same time.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on January 15, 2014:

kidscrafts, I've often wondered what I could go with my empty egg cartons. I knew they would be perfect for crafts. Now I have a good idea to share with my kids!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 15, 2014:

Thank you very much, Rebecca! I love all the possibilities of egg cartons and other recycled materials :-)

Have a nice evening!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 15, 2014:

Aww, how clever and cute! Pinned and shared!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 15, 2014:

Hi Donna! Thank you so much for thinking of me for that! I will try to submit something before the deadline :-) I have many things on the go at the moment on top of my regular projects so I will try to squeeze that in :-) Have a nice day :-)

Donna Herron from USA on January 15, 2014:

Hi Joelle - Just wanted to let you knot that Quarry Books is looking for children's art projects to include in their new book "1000 Kid Art Ideas". Thought you might want to submit some of your great projects :) The deadline is coming up very soon - Feb 1. More info on their website at http://www.quaysidepub.com/entries.php?utm_source=...

Donna Herron from USA on January 15, 2014:

Hi Joelle - I recently heard that Quarry Books is looking for project submissions for their next book "1000 Kids Crafts." They are looking for children's art projects to include in the book. I just heard about it, but the deadline is coming up very soon - Feb 1. Thought you might be interested in submitting some of your projects :)

More info on their website at http://www.quaysidepub.com/entries.php?utm_source=...

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on November 04, 2013:

Thank you very much for your kind comments, MarieAlana! You are right, Gail Gibbons books are always informational and the nice thing is she is the author and the illustrator! Great lady!

Have a great week!

Marie Alana from Ohio on November 04, 2013:

These are really cute! I love the Gail Gibbons books! They are always so informational.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on November 04, 2013:

Thank you for visiting and commenting :-)

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on November 03, 2013:

Interesting. Thank you.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 24, 2013:

Thank you very mush, Michelle! You are very kind! Have a great day!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 24, 2013:

Sharing this lovely craft again, kidscrafts!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 24, 2013:

You are very kind, Deergha! Thanks for the votes and share!

Enjoy your day!

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on October 24, 2013:

These are real cute and seem to be very interesting to make. Thanks for sharing. Shared and votes +++++++++++++++++

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 19, 2013:

I have no choice than to organize mine.... I try to have everything sorted and in boxes... with labels. If it can comfort you... I still have a lot to organize! But it feels good when it is :-)

Meg Moon from United Kingdom on October 19, 2013:

That is one good tip- My husband would be happy if I 'hid' my craft supplies a bit better too!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 19, 2013:

Thank you for your visit Meg Moon :-) I can imagine :-))) I have a lot of them too; I precut quite a lot of them and put the little "cups" piled up in a shoe box.... it can fit quite a lot of them that way :-) And I have piles of them in different places.... the plastic one as containers for paint and the cardboard one for projects :-) Enjoy your weekend!

Meg Moon from United Kingdom on October 18, 2013:

I am so glad you had this in the spotlight so I found it easily -you don't even want to know how many egg cartons I have laying around to use :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 18, 2013:

Thank you very much, FullOfLoveSites! I have a hub about spiders with egg carton as well :-) I designed three different spiders :-) In fact I have a video with one of those spiders that receives a lot of views since beginning of October.... I suppose people want to be ready for Halloween :-)

FullOfLoveSites from United States on October 18, 2013:

These are really cute! I love them... Spiders can also be made from the egg carton just in time for the Halloween :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 18, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and comment, IslandBites :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 18, 2013:

Thank you for your comment Michelle! Very kind of you!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on October 18, 2013:

Really cute idea!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 18, 2013:

This is so cute! Shared all the way, Kidscrafts!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 01, 2013:

Thank you very much for your kind comments! I hope that you will have time to create some bugs with your kids.... they can totally go with their imagination and create all kind of little bugs and name them as well :-)

CraftytotheCore on October 01, 2013:

Oh, these are just too cute! Both of my children would totally love to do these.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on September 26, 2013:

Thank you very much, Karen! Very kind of you!

I love your "Egg-citing" ;-)

On the long run I am thinking of compiling some of my projects but I am not sure I can do it in e-book format because of the pictures or the drawings. I have to study this further!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Karen Robiscoe from California on September 26, 2013:

ooh. So cute. Your talent of repurposing throwaway items is more than clever--it's adorable! Ingenious! Egg-citing...:) You should seriously think about compiling your work into a book. I bet it would see like hotcakes.

I guess this is part of this: I am sharing to fb, I am liking, I am clicking...I am smiling all the while. Ladybug, ladybug, fly away hoooOOOoome! :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on September 22, 2013:

Thank you very much for your visit, Michelle! I learned a lot myself; and the beliefs are different in French! Very interesting!

Have a great week!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 22, 2013:

I wasn't aware of the connotations of faith, Kidscrafts! This was new! Shared!!!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on September 18, 2013:

Thank you StricktlyDating :-) Have a great day!

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on September 18, 2013:

Super cute and adorable!!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 29, 2013:

Thank you very much for your visit and your vote, Girishpuri! I think it's important to teach children to recycle :-) Have a nice day!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 29, 2013:

ice way to recycling the things, voted useful.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 28, 2013:

Thank you for the visit, the kind comments and the vote, Eddy! I hope that you will have fun creating all kind of bugs with your grandchildren tomorrow :-)

Eiddwen from Wales on August 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for this great hub Joelle ;grandkids are back tomorrow and guess what we will be doing. Voted up, shared and saved.

Eddy.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 28, 2013:

Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments, DeBorrah K. Ogans. Peace and blessings to you too!

DeBorrah K Ogans on August 28, 2013:

Kidscraft, Creative, fun and easy ladybug craft project! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 27, 2013:

Have a lovely night too, Lady Fiddler :-)

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on August 27, 2013:

LOL yeah i am sure will when we are doing it. Have a lovely night

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 27, 2013:

Thank you very much for your kind comments, DDE. Thank you also for the votes :-) I have several ideas waiting but I am quite busy creating videos, giving workshops and creating websites... I hope that things will calm down soon so I can publish a little bit more often :-)

Have a great week!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 27, 2013:

I knew you would think of another one of your awesome ideas I so loved this creative thought, now I know how easy it is to make a ladybird from an egg cartoon. Simple to make and to follow. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 27, 2013:

Thank you very much for the compliments, Blossom. Very kind of you :-)

Have a great day!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 26, 2013:

These are done so well and your examples are so varied. Just loved it. Voted up and pinning.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

Thank you so much, LadyFiddler! You are very sweet!

I am happy that your nephew and your teddy bear like it :-) I hope that you will have fun creating some fun bugs together!

Have a bless night as well!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on August 26, 2013:

Hi Kidscraft this was so cute my nephew is watching it even my teddy Maxwell they think its awesome!!! We'll have to try this very soon you do have a craft gift .

Have a bless night.

From Ladyfiddler, Jaquan and Maxwell "my son" a teddy bear lol.

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 26, 2013:

All the mess :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

I would have wrote that there are your children's art :-) I always try to give credit to the right person :-) You deserve credit for letting them paint, be creative, have fun.... and I am sure, cleaning some of the mess!

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 26, 2013:

They always have feathers stuck on everything! Good idea we will name them.

I will send you photos but just for you, no hub links to me as it won't be me that done the work on them and that would be me stealing their glory :) You have a great week too. :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

You are very kind Anna :-) I am glad that you will try that with your children.... feathers sound just fantastic! When they are finished... let them invent a name for their creations!

If you take pictures of the little beetles, send them to me and I will add them to my hub with a link toward your page!

Thank you for visiting and have a fabulous week!

Anna Haven from Scotland on August 26, 2013:

These really are so cute. I know loads of people have already said it but ... they are.

These are definitely something which will be tried in my house. No doubt with feathers and paint, individual looks and loads of mess.

You are very creative and the factual information included only adds to an already great hub.

Thank you :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

Thank you very much, Ignugent! It's possible to create a lot of interesting projects while recycling! It gives a good message to the kids too and for the teacher it's a way to create while not spending too much.

Have a great week!

ignugent17 on August 26, 2013:

So cute! Very good in recycling things to. Kids for sure will enjoy this activity. :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

Thank you very much for the compliments, the pinning and the vote, Carol! Very kind of you! I hope all is well with you! Have a great week!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 26, 2013:

That is about the cutest thing I have ever seen..Great job with great directions. Pinning this and voting upppppp

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

I am glad :-) Thank you! Enjoy your week!

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on August 26, 2013:

I just checked it out, love it!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 26, 2013:

Thank you very much, Travmaj! You are always so kind in your comments! I remember as a kid counting the dots on the backs of the ladybugs :-)

Have a great week!

travmaj from australia on August 26, 2013:

That is the cutest - shame my children are all grown - but I know this will be popular. Don't see many ladybugs around anymore - quite sad. Always loved them when I was young. Anyway, this is just the best...you are so creative. Best...

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

Thank you very much, FlourishAnyway! You are right those easy little bugs are a nice activity for babysitter to prepare. The kids will be happy to create them and bring them home! It's also a nice activity for church groups or scouts...or at school!

Thank you for coming!

Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 25, 2013:

These are so cute! What a nice craft for a babysitter to do with kids, or a church group, scout group, etc. I love the little twist that includes fantasy bugs, too.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

Thank you for visiting, Pstraubie48! I am sure your students loved to create those little bugs. I did all kind of projects with my students and I firmly believe that creating art and crafts is the best way to learn about any subject :-)

Thanks for the angels! Have a great week!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

Hi Faith! Thank you for coming and commenting! I think a ladybug theme for a birthday is just delightful! If you like crafts, your granddaughters will love to create those ones! They don't have to limit themselves to red and black dots :-) Any colour is just fine! I had fun creating all kinds myself.

Thank you for the vote and the sharing!

Hugs and blessings to you too! Have a fantastic week!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 25, 2013:

These are so cute. We made them when I was still teaching. The kids loved them and proudly took them home to show their families. thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way ps

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 25, 2013:

Hi Joelle,

Oh, what a delightful craft! I love ladybugs and we had a baby ladybug theme for one of my granddaughters, Lily, when she turned one years old. She is now three. But it was all so cute. Both my granddaughter would love doing these. How clever and cute.

We call Lily, sometimes, Lily bug, or someone started that and we went with it. LOL Not so much anymore, but this delightful hub reminded me of such.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

I am so happy, BNadyn! I hope that your children will love to create these little bugs :-)

I have other projects on hubpages with egg cartons (unfortunately, not all visible). This is the link toward a little apple project : https://kidscrafts.hubpages.com/hub/Picking-Apples...

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

Thank you very much for your visit, Gypsy Willow! I hope that you will have fun creating these with your grandchildren :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 25, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comments, Joe! I am with you.... art is way better for the mind and fine motor skills of children than computer games :-)

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on August 25, 2013:

This came at a perfect time as we have been saving several egg cartons. I love the idea of fantasy bugs. I'll be pinning this!

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on August 25, 2013:

Perfect for my young grand kids thank you.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 25, 2013:

Very artistic and so clever!.. Children will love creating these. Much more interesting than computer games :).

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 24, 2013:

Thank you for visiting, Purl3Agony! Those with the shimmering colours, the gold or the pearls could almost become jewel (except that it's a little too big). The kids can have great fun to create their own little bug :-)

Donna Herron from USA on August 24, 2013:

I love these!! Great idea, kidscrafts! These look like a lot of fun to make, and easy too. Thanks for sharing another great idea :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 24, 2013:

Thank you DrPennyPincher! I always like the idea that kids observe real bugs (or look at pictures in encyclopedia) and create their own 3D version :-) The Japanese Beetles should be fun to create as well with the shimmering colours.

Enjoy your weekend!

Dr Penny Pincher from Iowa, USA on August 24, 2013:

What a fun craft idea! If you have bugs around, it would be fun to put some Lady Bugs or Potato Beetles in a jar and have kids try to make craft beetles while looking at the real ones. Japanese Beetles would be fun too.