© by Leanne Guenther
|Time Required:||1 hour|
black turtle neck
red vest or shirt
black felt or polar fleece
4 pipe cleaners
2 small styrofoam balls painted or 2 large black pom poms
black embroidery floss or wool
Face makeup (store bought or home made)
Cut a few circles out of black felt or polar fleece and stitch them onto the vest (you could also use hot glue or fabric glue to attach them but stitching allows you to remove them later)
Twirl two pipecleaners together around a pencil to make them springy. Leave the two together as one tends to be too floppy. You may want to trim your antenna a bit shorter at this point depending on how young your child is. Put a little hot glue on one end and attach a styrofoamball or pom pom. On the other end of the pipecleaners, separate the pipecleaners so you have a T shape about 2" long. Hot glue that to the head band.
Repeat with your other 2 pipecleaners and styrofoam ball.
Wrap embroidery floss or black wool tightly around the headband overtop of the pipecleaners. This secures them and keeps anyone from getting poked by the ends.
Paint some black circles on cheeks. Use red or black lipstick for lips.
If you are having trouble finding the pieces for the costume in the store, or if you like sewing parts of your own costumes, check out these ideas:
1) Make your own tunic shirt from red material
2) Make a Ladybug Apron
3) Make homemade makeup
4) Make a Ladybug Crown as your antennas
5) Make a skirt from black or red material.
6) In colder climates especially, make a cloak from red material and add black spots. You can wear this overtop of a warm jacket. The pattern does not require sewing.