Ladybugs from Egg Cartons

Ladybugs from Egg Cartons

Ladybugs! I love ladybug crafts because they are really easy for kids to make, teenagers think they are cute, and you can vary the colors to make just about anyone smile. As you already know, using recycled items in my craft tutorials is a big thing with me, so it should be no surprise that these little sweeties are made from painted recycled egg cartons.

I actually made these several years ago for the website I used to own, FamilyCorner.com. I wanted to share them here because they really are one of my favorites and I’m always happy to add to my arsenal of ladybug crafts.

I’m afraid I don’t have any step by step photos since I did make this a while ago. But they are pretty simple, so I’m sure that the written instructions will be clear enough. Just let me know if you have any questions!

Ladybugs from Egg Cartons

Rating: 51

Ladybugs from Egg Cartons

What you need:

  • empty egg carton cup
  • skinny black chenille, 2″ piece
  • 2 small wiggle eyes
  • 1 medium black pom pom
  • colorful acrylic paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • *white craft glue
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

What you do:

  1. Use scissors to separate egg carton cups, trim the edges.
  2. Paint egg cartons in desired colors and let dry.
  3. Glue wiggle eyes on to black pom pom and let dry.
  4. Glue black pom pom on to side of egg cup with white craft glue and let dry completely, making sure eyes are facing out and are where you want them.
  5. Cut the 2″ piece of skinny black chenille in half. Bend the end of each one to form the antannae. Use hot glue to attach antannaes to pom pom head.
  6. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add black paint dots to the ladybug’s back. Dip handle into paint and pick up a generous amount, then use a drawing motion to add the dot to the ladybug’s back.
  7. Let dry completely.
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  1. willian says

    hello
    i’m willian. nice to met you, is perfect u idea of this fun, srry me
    inglish is a trash, i got only 14 years, i need study more…
    me brother make this on school, him got only 7 years him loved, i and my mom too…

    thx very much

      • says

        Hey, Amanda! I see you like ladybugs! Great idea with the egg cartons!
        If you find some tiny seashells that are smooth on top (we find them at lakes sometimes)you can paint them to look like a ladybug. I’ve done lots of them! You can coat them with polyurethane to prevent acrylic paint from chipping. My friends enjoy them as a cute little computer friend.

        Barb B.

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Glitter Pumpkin CD

I don’t know about you, but we end up with dead CD’s and DVDs around here all the time. Instead of just tossing them, why not make this cute, glittery pumpkin for Halloween! H shines and sparkles and can be hung on the door too. A fun craft to do wit your kids!

I’ve created a face pattern you can use, or you can just draw your own. The pattern is linked in the printable instructions below.

You’ll start off by painting the back of the CD with orange acrylic paint. Then you’ll cover the front side of the CD with orange glitter glue.

Cut the pattern pieces out of black glitter felt and press them into the wet glitter glue. Use white glitter glue to outline the facial features and decorate the stem. Easy peasy!

Glitter Pumpkin CD
Author: Amanda Formaro
Ingredients
  • CD or DVD
  • Orange paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Orange glitter glue
  • White glitter glue
  • Black glitter felt or black stiff felt
  • Green stiff felt
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • [url href=”http://craftsbyamanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/glitter-pumpkin-pattern.pdf”]Pattern[/url]
Instructions
  1. Be sure you have something to cover and protect the work surface. Paint the back of the disc with orange paint and let dry.
  2. Squeeze a generous amount of orange glitter glue onto the disc and spread around with a paintbrush.
  3. Cut out the facial features from the black felt using the pattern. No need for glue, just gently press the pieces into the wet glitter glue.
  4. Cut a small rectangle from the green felt and glue to the back of the disc for the stem.
  5. Use white glitter glue to add diagonal stripes to the stem. Pipe a border of white glitter glue around the facial features.
  6. Use a toothpick or butter knife to carefully lift the wet disc and place it on a piece of paper to dry. This will take several hours to dry completely.
Notes

I used an older bottle of orange glitter glue, so it was a little thicker than a new bottle would be. Take care when squeezing out the glitter glue, you can always add more if you don’t have enough.

 

This picture shows a couple different angles. Glitter is hard to photograph!



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  1. says

    Great use for those old CDs. I love that its easy and kids could really have fun with the decorating of the CD for Halloween. I stumbled the post for you too. Happy Halloween!

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Tin Can Mummy

Tin Can Mummy

I think mummies are one of my favorite things to make at Halloween. They can be creepy or cute and can be made out of just about any type of white material or paper. This little mummy craft was made from a recycled aluminum can and strips of felt. He would make a great lollipop holder or something to hold plastic forks for your Halloween party!

Tin Can Mummy
Author: Amanda Formaro
Ingredients
  • clean, empty aluminum can
  • 2 sheets white felt
  • 2 small black pom poms
  • brown marker
  • scissors
  • white craft glue
Instructions
  1. Cut one of the felt sheets into strips. Glue strips around the entire surface of the can, overlapping each one as you go.
  2. If you run out of strips, cut the other sheet of felt into strips as you go.
  3. Use a brown marker to lightly color the edges of the strips of felt to make them look aged.
  4. Glue the poms poms on for eyes about 1/3 the way down the can.
  5. Color a 3″ x 1″ section of the remaining felt with the brown marker. Next, cut out two “eyebrows” about 1″ x 1/2″ each. Glue above the eyes.
  6. Color another section of the felt with brown marker, about 2″ x 2″. Cut a mouth from the colored felt, cut out the center of the mouth and glue to the can.
  7. Allow to dry completely.



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Faux Stained Glass Candy Corn

stained glass candy corn

Kids will love making this candy corn sun catcher to hang in the window! The sun shines through the mosaic of tissue paper that they created. A fun fall craft, even for the little ones.

Faux Stained Glass Candy Corn

Rating: 51

What you need:

  • Heavy weight self-stick laminating film (i.e. Con-Tact paper)
  • 2 sheets black construction paper
  • Tissue paper: white, yellow, orange
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pattern

What you do:

  1. Print the pattern but do not cut it out yet. Expose about 15” of laminating film by removing the backing (leave the film on the roll), leaving the sticky side facing upward. Fold over the edge and adhere it to itself, just so you have an end to grab without sticking to your fingers.
  2. Place the pattern underneath the laminating film, positioning it toward one end. You will be folding the sticky side onto itself when you are finished, so you need enough room on the other end to do so. You can tape the pattern in place if you like to keep it from sliding around.
  3. Cut or tear a handful of each color tissue paper. Using the pattern underneath the film as a guide, begin by placing yellow tissue paper squares onto the middle section of the candy corn. Overlap the pieces as you go, completely covering the center portion of the candy corn.
  4. Next, use orange tissue paper to cover the bottom section of the candy corn. Again, overlapping as you work, don’t be concerned about staying in the lines.
  5. Finish off the top of the candy corn with white tissue paper squares. Use scissors to cut the film off the roll.
  6. Take the empty side of the laminating film and fold it over on top of the tissue paper candy corn, sandwiching it between both sticky sides. Smooth out and press out any air. Set aside
  7. Stack two pieces of black construction paper on top of one another. Take the pattern and cut out the candy corn. Place the candy corn pattern on top of the two sheets of black paper. Use glue stick to tack the center of the pattern to the paper to keep it from sliding around. You can also tack the top of the two sheets of black paper together if you like.
  8. Use scissors to trim through both black sheets simultaneously leaving about 1/2” border around the candy corn pattern.
  9. Fold the candy corn and black paper in half and cut a slit through the center. Open the sheets and pattern back up and insert the scissors into the center. Trim out the center of the candy corn, using the pattern as a guide, leave about 1/4” border on the pattern.
  10. Remove the pattern and you should have two identical black frames for your candy corn.
  11. Take the tissue paper candy corn and trim close to the edge of the tissue paper border. Place the frame onto the tissue paper candy corn. Trim more if needed. When ready, use glue stick to attach the frame to both sides of the candy corn.

Notes from Amanda

To hang on the window you can use a glue dot or a piece of double sided tape.

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  1. says

    My 7 yo would love this. We’ve made something similar before (ghosts) with just black paper and white background–We’ll have to do this with the colored tissue paper.

  2. Julie says

    This was great! I used your idea to modify an activity for our curriculum (a suncatcher with crayon pieces melted between waxed paper – I really did NOT want to deal with crayons/melting). So I cut up our letters to spell “JESUS”, stuck them down backwards on the wax paper (so it would read correctly when turned over) and had the girls stick the tissue paper all around (we had about 6 different colors). We covered it all with a 2nd piece of contact paper, trimmed around and chose a color for our border. It was so much fun! My oldest (10) made hers in the shape of a cross with a black border to match the letters. My 8yr old made hers a beautiful rainbow with rows of colors and a bright yellow (rectangle) border (with the letters going diagonal). My 6yr old made hers a picture – with green on the bottom with a colored square here & there (grass & flowers) and blue on the top with yellow in the corner (sky & sun) with a blue border. And my youngest (3) just did her colors randomly and made a brightly colored suncatcher with a pretty pink border. Love how their individuality came out with this project! I’m sure we’ll do more with this in the future (we’d better, I have lots of small rectangles of tissue paper left over!). :)

  3. Lisa says

    Looking for fall crafts and found your site great ideas thank you.
    Can you please send me the pattern for the candy corn faux glass. I cannot click the link on your site.

    thanks!!

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