How to Make A Ladybug Costume for Halloween

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Little girls love to dress up in a cute ladybug Halloween costume. It doesn't require wearing an uncomfortable mask and the bright red color of the wings really stands out. The child can dress in any black outfit to make a ladybug costume, so you might be able to use an existing wardrobe. It is also easy to adapt the ladybug costume to any climate--from a black turtleneck and leggings in a colder climate to a short-sleeve black dress and tights in a milder climate. Once the black outfit is picked out, you can make the ladybug costume wings and antenna without any sewing.

Things You'll Need

  • Black outfit
  • Red netting mesh
  • Scissors
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Black fabric or fabric marker
  • Fabric glue
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Safety pins
  • Two Styrofoam balls
  • Black spray paint
  • Black headband
  • Cut an 18-inch circle out of red netting mesh. The length of the wings can be adjusted to the child's height, or shortened if the child needs to sit comfortably in the costume.

  • Divide the circle into two halves to make the wings. Cut from the bottom of the circle, but stop approximately 4 inches from the top. You want to leave the wings attached at the top.

  • Hot glue black (or white) pipe cleaners along the perimeter of the red fabric. Outlining the wings with pipe cleaners gives them structure.

  • Trace 2 1/2-inch circles on black fabric and cut them out.

  • Attach six or more circles to each wing with fabric glue.

  • Outline the black circles with glitter glue, if desired, to add some sparkle.

  • Secure the wings to the back of the black outfit at the shoulders with safety pins. The pins should go around the pipe cleaners, not just into the netting mesh.

  • Bend the pipe cleaners to adjust the angle of the wings.

  • Spray paint the two Styrofoam balls black.

  • Put a small dab of hot glue on the end of each black pipe cleaner and stick on a Styrofoam ball.

  • Wrap the ends of both antennae around the black headband and secure with hot glue.

  • Add some sparkle to the antenna with glitter glue.

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