Paper Plate Lady Bugs

Is it silly to love certain crafts you make with your kids? These are one of my all time favorites, made with painted paper plates, scraps of fabric and some felt. I just think they are so darned adorable, I sometimes feel like making some just for me! :) While I did originally make these for FamilyCorner.com a few years ago, my kids and I have made them several times since.

Paper Plate Ladybugs

printable version

You will need

2 paper plates
acrylic paint in black and your choice of colors
Paint brush
paper fastener
2 large wiggle eyes
glue stick
fun black patterned fabric
black felt

What you do

Paint one paper plate black and the other whatever color you choose. Red is traditional for ladybugs, but you can get colorful like we did if you like. Set aside to dry.

While the paint is drying, use scissors to cut different sized circles or ovals out of the black fabric. You will need approximately 12 circles for each ladybug. Set aside.

From black felt, cut out half a circle for the head.

Once paint has dried, take the color paper plate (not the black one) and cut it in half. Line the two halves up with the black paper plate and spread the “wings” open a bit. Hold at the top and carefully poke a hoe through the top of the wings and through the black plate underneath. Still holding it in place, push the fastener through the hole and secure.

Glue the circles onto the colored wings. Glue the head over the top of the wings to hide the fastener. Glue wiggle eyes onto the head.

Amanda’s Notes: You may substitute the black polka dot fabric we used with black felt, craft foam or construction paper. If you don’t have wiggle eyes on hand, make your own out of white and black felt or craft foam.

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38 Responses to Paper Plate Lady Bugs

  1. 1
    artsy_momma says:

    Those are beyond adorable!

  2. 2
    Amanda says:

    Thank you! They are one of my faves :)

  3. 3
    Rena says:

    Those are really cute! We make a lot of crafts using paper plates. Thanks!

  4. 4
    HoneyB says:

    These are adorable! Almost makes me want grandkids around to do crafts with. ;) LOL. I won't pressure my kids though!

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    Akela Joy says:

    so clever!

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    [email protected] says:

    Aww, those are way cute! The paper plate is so amazing. What can't it do?? Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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    Leanne says:

    I agree. These are stinking cute. I think I'll make these even if my kids don't want too.

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    Amanda says:

    Thank you all so much!

    Rachel – Thank you!! Love your linkies :)

  9. 9
    Megan says:

    Very cute indeed!

  10. 10
    The Frugal Designer says:

    These are absolutely adorable!

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    Craftify It! says:

    Just found you from a soft place to land! LOVE your blog! I teach preschool, so I will be back OFTEN for ideas! I think we will do your leprechaun hats tomorrow! THANKS:)

  12. 12
    Lanie Ree says:

    SO cute! I just love these. And what a kid friendly craft :)

    Thank you for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  13. 13
    Kim @ seven thirty three says:

    Too cute! And perfect for toddlers!

    Thanks for linking up today!

    seven thirty three – - – a creative blog

  14. 14
    Denise says:

    Stopping by from LIFE AS LORIE!
    Please stop by!

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    fawnda says:

    Very cute! I love it! : ) What a fun project!

  16. 16
    Lori says:

    Those are just wonderful. Another great project from ya!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please come by next week for another great party.

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    jennwa says:

    Super cute Lady Bugs !!!

  18. 18
    KJ says:

    CUTE!!! I hope it's okay, I'm linking to this today!

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    Andy Porter says:

    I'm definitely making these with my kids. SO CUTE!

  20. 20
    Kevin and Angie says:

    These are REALLY cute!! So creative!! We have a ladybug website, Everything-Ladybug.com, and would love to post these in our craft section with a link back to your blog! Please let us know if this is okay with you and we will get it up on the site! Thanks!

  21. 21
    Jenn says:

    These are really cute! I’ve got a new MckLinky party called Tot Tuesdays which started today. I hope you'll stop by & share:



  22. 22
    Jenn says:

    Thanks for linking up today! :)

  23. 23
    JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love the bright colors you chose.

  24. 24
    jenjen says:

    What a cute craft to do with the kids. I will give it a whirl over Spring Break! Thanks!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!


  25. 25
    Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food says:

    A wonderful use of an everyday object that children of any age are sure to love. I particularly like the bold graphic design. Great work, Amanda!

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    Anonymous says:

    What an fun craft for those doing storytimes or units on spring or insects.

  27. 27
    Amanda says:

    Thank you all!

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    Amazing_Grace says:

    I have my 1st grade CCD students make these lady bugs for the Bible story the Good Samaritan. It is to remind us to "love others". They always enjoy making them and I think it really gets the point across. :)

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    Mom of Two says:

    Thanks for the idea. We made this one too. I let DD put glitter on (what little girl doesn't love glitter) and made paint dots. Check it out: http://makesthree.blogspot.com/2010/07/more-crafts.html

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