Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, you and your kids will love this adorable twirling ladybug project! They spin and twirl and look so cute, all you need is a little breeze. These would be a fun decoration for a birthday party, barbecue or just to dress up your child’s bedroom or playroom.

Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

First watch this video, it shows the ladybugs in action…

Fun huh?? Ok let’s make some!

You will need two construction paper circles for each ladybug. Cut construction paper into 4.5″ squares. Stack two squares on top of each other and trace around something round to create your circle. I used a small can of paint.

Holding the stacked paper together, cut the circles out of the paper.

Still holding the two circles together, cut a slit from one edge of the circle up into the middle of the circle.

Use as many colors as you like. I used pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple.

Place one of the circle onto a piece of scrap paper. Paint a section for the ladybug’s head, overlapping the paint brush onto the scrap paper. This will give you a guide to use for all the remaining circles.

For each pair of circles, you will paint a head at the opposite end of each one. So for the first one, line up the slit you cut so that it points directly downward and paint the head at the top, the end of the slit is the bottom. For the other circle, turn it the opposite direction so that the slit is at the top and paint the head there. This will ensure that your “heads” line up together.

Use the small spouncer dipped in black paint to add the ladybug’s spots. Set each one out to dry and continue painting until all are done. Let them dry before turning the over and repeating this process on the other side.

Take the two circles and line up the slits. Insert them into each other. The heads should line up as shown. Now lay them out flat and glue wiggle yes onto head, one on each side. Don’t put the eyes too close together. Farther apart is better. You will need eyes on every section. There are 4 sections.

Run a thin line of hot glue where the slits intersect to connect them together. Cut a piece of string and glue it in with the slits.

Swirling Twirling LadybugsNow you are ready to hang your twirling ladybugs!

Swirling Twirling Ladybugs
Author: Amanda Formaro
Ingredients
  • construction paper, various colors
  • pencil
  • something round for tracing (jar, can, etc)
  • scissors
  • black craft paint
  • small round spouncer
  • paintbrush
  • 8 medium wiggle eyes for each ladybug
  • string
  • white craft glue
  • hot glue gun (optional but recommended)
Instructions
  1. You will need two construction paper circles for each ladybug. Cut construction paper into 4.5″ squares. Stack two squares on top of each other and trace around something round to create your circle. I used a small can of paint.
  2. Holding the stacked paper together, cut the circles out of the paper.
  3. Still holding the two circles together, cut a slit from one edge of the circle up into the middle of the circle.
  4. Use as many colors as you like. I used pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple.
  5. Place one of the circle onto a piece of scrap paper. Paint a section for the ladybug’s head, overlapping the paint brush onto the scrap paper. This will give you a guide to use for all the remaining circles.
  6. For each pair of circles, you will paint a head at the opposite end of each one. So for the first one, line up the slit you cut so that it points directly downward and paint the head at the top, the end of the slit is the bottom. For the other circle, turn it the opposite direction so that the slit is at the top and paint the head there. This will ensure that your “heads” line up together.
  7. Use the small spouncer dipped in black paint to add the ladybug’s spots. Set each one out to dry and continue painting until all are done. Let them dry before turning the over and repeating this process on the other side.
  8. Take the two circles and line up the slits. Insert them into each other. The heads should line up as shown. Now lay them out flat and glue wiggle yes onto head, one on each side. Don’t put the eyes too close together. Farther apart is better. You will need eyes on every section. There are 4 sections.
  9. Run a thin line of hot glue where the slits intersect to connect them together. Cut a piece of string and glue it in with the slits.
  10. Now you are ready to hang your twirling ladybugs!

 

Comments

  1. jalet says

    Great tut! On the FB site I posted this comment, and thought it may be helpful for other readers with fruit trees wthat sustain bird damage: “If a few of the black dots were replaced with foil or something shiny, these would be great to hang in the fruit trees as a way to scare off the would be bird thieves that destroy the fruit. Cute idea!”

    • says

      I like that idea Kaye, but they would be plain white. So I got thinking and your idea led me to think of plastic laundry soap bottles! Colorful and the perfect sturdiness!

  2. Marsha says

    they looked adorable but maybe you could use old cd’s that way they would be weather proof you could also paint them

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