Ladybugs are universally thought of to bring good luck. No one seems to know why ladybugs came to be viewed as lucky or why this is common in many different cultures. So after running across a wonderful ladybug quote, I decided I wanted to make it into a cute little card. The result is a project that is perfect for sitting down with some young children and making some ladybugs and cards them.
My Ladybug Card with a few extra ladybugs hanging around.
An alternative would be to make one of these cards and send it to a child along with some “extra” little ladybugs. These little ladybugs can be made in a variety of sizes and can be modified in a number of different ways. Have fun playing with them.
The above photo shows the steps to make a paper ladybug. I started with a 3″ square of red paper, but they can be made any size.
Instructions for making a paper ladybug:
1. Cut a 3″ square out of a red piece of text weight paper.
2. Fold the paper into a triangle (#2 above)
3. Fold the bottom left corner up to the top of the triangle (#3 above)
4. Repeat with the right corner (#4 above)
5. Using a circle template (I used a spice jar lid) make a pencil line around the open end of your folded ladybug. See #5 above which shows the way the circle is drawn.
6. Cut along the pencil lines you made (#6 above)
7. Open up your folded paper and color the section that will be under the ladybug’s wings black. I used a black coptic marker, but any black marker will work. (#7 above)
8. Fold your ladybug back up and using a black marker, color her face black (#8 above)
9. Make black circles on her wings. You can also make white dots for her eyes. A white paint marker or gel marker works well for this (#9 above)
For the card, I drew a dashed line and wrote “Ladybug . . .” on the front and hand lettered the inside in my own ordinary printing. I think it would be fun for children to write the quote themselves and have it reduced on a photocopier for the card. Another possibility would be to do the writing on a computer.
Front of the Ladybug Card. On this ladybug, I trimmed her wings just a little to make a bit of a curve.
After I finished my ladybug, I decided to curve her wings just a little. You can play around with other possibilities. You could make legs and antenna. Have fun with your ladybug. Make multiple ladybugs. Try making different sizes. Make other bugs in other colors. Play and enjoy!
The quote I found:
Ladybug . . . a good luck symbol. It’s believed she first came to earth by lightening sent by the Goddess of Love and Beauty. When she swoops in, it’s to remind us that life is short, and not let worries cloud a single day. Author Unknown
Perfect card to send to friends who love ladybugs or to the children in your life.