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Easy & Fun Craft! Make Ladybug Rocks
by Abigail Beal
With summer coming many of us see ladybugs everywhere. Why not create some
special ladybugs you can keep on the porch or even inside in some special
This is a fun craft that kids can do. They may need some help with putting
the tape on to evenly paint a straight line, and you also may want to handle
the permanent marker (for putting dots onto the ladybug) – but otherwise
should be able to negotiate the project just fine on their own.
This craft does involve painting parts of the ladybugs and then leaving it
overnight (or for at least four hours) to dry. This is very important to
make sure the paint sets. This is the perfect craft for a weekend project to
do with children – by the end of the weekend the bugs are done. Just know
going into it that this is not an instant project so children won’t be
Materials You Will Use:
Rocks that can fit into the palm of your hand. Select oval or rounded rocks.
Can use larger rocks if you wish to.
Red and black tempura paints
Paintbrushes with assorted widths – medium to fine sized points
A black permanent marker
Optional: gold or silver metallic paint pen (these are often toxic and
are not child safe, if using with a small child be sure they do not put this
in their mouths!)
1. Clean your rocks with warm soapy water and dish detergent. Let rocks dry.
2. Paint rocks red and allow them to dry. Drying may take four hours, or
they may need to dry overnight. It is very important to let rocks dry
completely before going onto the next step.
3. Take a piece of masking tape the width of your rock. We will now paint
the ladybug’s head on. Place the masking tape on about 1/3 of the way onto
the rock, creating a head. Now use your black paint and paint a head for the
ladybug. Keep the tape on while the black paint is drying. *** When placing
tape onto your ladybug, you only need to press the side that you will be
painting onto the ladybug, so do not press the entire piece of tape down.
Only press the side that will painted down.***
By using the masking tape – you are creating very clean and even lines. Your
ladybugs will have a very tidy look to them.
4. Next we will create the black stripe down the ladybugs back. Take two
pieces of masking tape and put them on the ladybug’s back, allowing for a
thin stripe of red between them. Depending on how large your rock is, this
could be 1/8th of an inch or even 1/4 of an inch. Paint this stripe black
and allow the tape to remain on until dry.
5. Now it is time to draw dots on the ladybug’s back. You can use paint or
even the permanent marker. It is your choice. Most ladybugs have many dots,
but for space’s sake you will probably want to put three or four spots on
each side of the ladybug’s back. Once this is dry you are done!
6. If you have several children making ladybugs consider writing their name
in metallic paint pen along the side of the ladybug’s body. Your bugs are
ready for summer!
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Abigail Beal is the author of two zines Creative
Crafts Teacher – for crafts teachers and Gift Wrap Goddess Wraps – all about
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