How to Make a Ladybug Out of Styrofoam

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Did you know ladybugs are considered lucky? This belief originated centuries ago by farmers who credited ladybugs with eliminating crop-destroying pests. In fact, ladybugs are so effective controlling pests that gardeners and farmers claim killing a ladybug is bad luck. Making a ladybug out of Styrofoam provides a creative way for you to teach your child about ladybugs, and discuss nature and our environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam ball
  • Serrated knife
  • Black marker
  • Acrylic craft paint (black and red)
  • Stencil paintbrush (bristle or foam)
  • Pipe cleaners (black)
  • Scissors or wire cutter
  • Craft glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Cut your Styrofoam ball in half with a serrated knife to make the body of your ladybug. Lay the foam ball flat side down on a table.

  • Draw a line down the center of the foam ball. Draw a second line perpendicular to the first line 1/3 of the way down from the top. These lines will help you and your child know where to paint when making your ladybug.

  • Paint the two large bottom sections red. Paint a black line down the center of your Styrofoam ladybug. Paint the two top sections black.

  • Paint three or four black spots on each side of the ladybug. Making the round black spots on the ladybug is easier using a bristled stencil paintbrush. Allow your Styrofoam ladybug to dry.

  • Place a dab of craft glue onto the backside of the googly eyes. Press the googly eyes onto the top black portion of your ladybug.

  • Cut your black pipe cleaners into eight pieces 2 to 3 inches long. Bend six pieces of pipe cleaner at a 90-degree angle to make your ladybug's legs. Insert three of the pipe cleaner pieces into each side of your Styrofoam ladybug.

  • Roll one end of the remaining two pieces of black pipe cleaner to create a small circle at its top. These make your ladybug's antennae. Insert one on each side of your ladybug's head near its googly eyes.

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