Looking for quick and easy crafting ideas that anyone can make? Here are 8 fun ideas that will trigger your imagination and keep you smiling! You can buy wooden ladybugs that are already painted, but it's more creative to paint them up yourself with any color imaginable. I purchased the 3/4" wooden ladybugs shown and the and mini woodlet sign and bug shape online from Woodpeckers Crafts and the wooden laser cut butterfly wings from Factory Direct Crafts. Paints and other supplies used were items I already had on hand in my craft room. So let's get started!
For my wooden ladybug sample projects, I used true red and black as my base colors. I also blended just a touch of yellow onto the center of the ladybug bodies to make them "glow" just a bit brighter before adding the dots and patterns to complete each bug.
Turn your Ladybugs into Bumblebees! I wanted these bees to appear a bit more animated when placed among my plants so I opted to use thin floral wire in lieu of wood skewer stem pokes. Simply wrap the wire around the handle of your paint brush, slip it off and then attach the end to the bottom of the bee with glue. While the glue is still wet, you can place a tiny piece of black cardstock over the wire on the flat bottom of the bee to hide the wire and hold it securely in place.
To make this butterfly ladybug project I blended a bit of white into the red on both the wings and the bug to make it more pink. By blending a tiny bit of black and red mix onto the wings near the body, you'll get a more dimensional look. By tapping a bit of pink onto the wing tips, you'll also get a more interesting and fun highlighted textured look.
Just like the ladybug bumblebee pokes above, I used spiraled floral wire to create the poke stem. This butterfly project is perfect for Valentine's Day decorating but I'll be painting several more of these wooden butterflies in a variety of colors to use in my spring home accents and outdoor summer fairy garden.
Trace or draw a leave shape onto an oval woodlet shape. I painted this leaf with true green acrylic paint and while still wet, quickly brushed over it with some yellow and a few black vein lines. The bottom of the oval and and the outside leaf border was then painted with black. After the wooden ladybug was glued in place, I sealed the wood with a few light coats of clear acrylic spray.
Originally used as a tea light coaster accent, I soon discovered it also made a perfect teacup coaster for my granddaughters' "Ladybug Tea" table setting.
Paint around the outside border edge of a woodlet shape to create a frame. I painted the inside of the frame with black so it looks like a mini chalkboard. If using as a hanging sign, drill a tiny hole near the top center of the shape and use wire or twine to make the hanger. If using as a magnet, simply glue it to the center back of the sign. For the sample, I glued a small daisy head to the woodlet to cover the hanger and then added my wooden ladybug and message written with a fine tipped paint pen.
I created this sign much like the mini sign above but used wood stain instead of black paint for the inside frame area. The lettering was added with brown paint and a small brush but a fineline black paint pen was used for the inner frame outline. Two small holes were then drilled into the woodlet so I could wire it in place onto the tree branch.
Here's a perfectly natural way to create a most unique sign for a fairy garden or flower bed. Find a nice sturdy tree branch, add a painted woodlet sign and then glue as many wooden ladybugs in place along the branch stem as you wish. This project was made for an outdoor fairy garden but while the winter passes, it makes a whimsical embellishment for my indoor potted plants!
Glue a painted ladybug shape to the center of a round wood slice and spray with a few coats of wood sealer. You can leave it "as is" for use as a drink coaster or take it a step further by adding a small bow and wire hanger to create an indoor or outdoor ornament.
I created this sample ornament for my granddaughters to be used outdoors. This one will dangle from a tree branch their "Enchanted Forest" Fairy Garden where they love to chat on warm sunny days while sharing their "Ladybug Tea"!
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The softcover book is out of print but you can download this decorative painting project publication with patterns and step by step instructions found in Ladybugs on the Loose" by Annie Lang in .pdf format from Annie Lang's Book Store.
If you love designer fonts, you'll love Annie Lang's whimsically fun Ladybug Font! Available only from Annie Lang's Store at Creative Market.