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Halloween Costume

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Lady Bug 

Submitted By: Cristina 
Age: any 
Time Required: 1 hour 
Difficulty: Easy 
Materials Required: COSTUME:
black pants
black shoes
black turtle neck
black hat
red vest or shirt

OPTIONAL SPOTS:
black felt or polar fleece

ANTENNA:
4 pipe cleaners
head band
2 small styrofoam balls painted or 2 large black pom poms
hot glue
black embroidery floss or wool

Face makeup (store bought or home made
Directions: OPTIONAL SPOTS:
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)

ANTENNAS:
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.

OPTIONAL:
Paint some black circles on cheeks. Use red or black lipstick for lips.

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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. 
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