Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

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Now that spring is here and the weather is warming up, you and your kids will love these adorable twirling ladybugs! They swirl and twirl and look so cute, all you need is a little breeze. Similar to my Twirling Bees and these adorable Twirling Lovebugs, your children will love watching them twist and turn, or to simply have them hang from the ceiling in their bedroom.

colorful paper ladybugs on string hanging in tree

Twirling Ladybugs Craft

This cute kid’s craft would be a fun ladybug decoration for a birthday party, barbecue or just to dress up your child’s bedroom or playroom. They are so fun to watch and with a variety of different colors, they add a nice colorful touch to any place or occasion!

child holding twirling paper ladybug

RELATED – While ladybugs are all about summer, when fall comes try our twirling paper monsters, great for Halloween!

Supplies you will need

supplies for paper ladybug - colorful card stock, paint, string

How To Make Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

  1. You will need two construction paper circles for each of the twirling ladybugs. 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.

child tracing around a can onto colored paper

  1. Holding the stacked paper together, cut the circles out of the paper.
  2. Still holding the two circles together, cut a slit from one edge of the circle up into the middle of the circle.

two paper circles sitting on white surface with scissors

  1. Use as many colors as you like. I used pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple.
  2. 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.

two paper circles, one with black painted on it

  1. 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.

child adding black paint dots to paper

  1. 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.

child combining tow paper circles via slits cut into paper

  1. 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.

child holding glue gun over paper ladybug

  1. 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.

string glued to paper ladybug

Now you are ready to hang your twirling ladybugs! Be sure to check out all of our easy crafts for kids like the ever-popular Ladybug Painted Rocks or these super fun Paper Plate Tropical Fish.

paper ladybugs hanging on string in tree

paper ladybugs hangig from tree blowing in the wind

Print Project

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Swirling Twirling Ladybugs

Kids will enjoy hours of fun with these cute ladybugs twirling in the wind!

Prep Time5 mins

Crafting Time20 mins

Total Time25 mins

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Author: Amanda Formaro

Supplies

  • card stock or construction paper various colors
  • pencil
  • something round for tracing jar, can, etc
  • scissors
  • black craft paint
  • small round spouncer
  • paintbrush
  • 8 1-inch googly eyes for EACH ladybug
  • string
  • white craft glue
  • hot glue gun optional but recommended

Instructions

  • 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.

  • Now you are ready to hang your twirling ladybugs!

Originally published on this blog on April 14, 2012 but has since been updated with new photos.

These adorable twirling ladybugs are a great summer kid's craft! These ladybugs are easy to make and look so cute swirling and twirling in the breeze.

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