How to Make a Ladybug Craft With Egg Cartons
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
- Google eyes
- Black pipe cleaner
- Glue gun
- Cloth wire
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".
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.
3. Draw the Details
Draw a line with a pencil to separate the head of the body. Paint the head black.
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.
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.
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.
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
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