I’ve created an adorable ladybug frame craft idea for you that’s great for adults or kids to make for spring. It’s bright and colorful and such a fun craft to create!
It’s starting to look like spring with the trees budding out and daffodils blooming, but it’s still chilly in my neck of the woods. No ladybugs have appeared yet and that’s what I think of when spring comes along… those cute little polka dot bugs!
LADYBUG FRAME CRAFT IDEA
I think you’ll really enjoy making this painted ladybug frame craft. You can make it on your own or have some fun craft time with your kids. Insert a family photo and keep the frame for yourself or it would be a cute gift to give someone.
It’s time to join in with my blogging friends for “10 on the 10th,” where we make a craft that cost $10 or under to share with our readers. The theme this month is ladybugs! You’ll find their craft links at the end of this post, so be sure to visit their fun projects. Don’t miss out!
5 STEPS TO MAKE THE LADYBUG FRAME CRAFT
- 5 X 5 unfinished wood frame – $1.00 at Walmart and Michaels
- ladybug stickers – $1.00
- yellow and white craft paint – 50 cent each at Walmart
- sponge paint brush
- artist brush
- circle stencil
- variety of ribbons
- glue gun
- white colored pencil
STEP 1: PAINT THE FRAME
You may need to sand your frame before painting. Use the sponge brush to paint the frame yellow. I had to paint 3 coats to get the coverage that I wanted.
STEP 2: STENCIL THE POLKA DOTS
Once your yellow paint is completely dry, you can begin making your polka dots. I used an old circle stencil that I’ve had for years and a white craft pencil to mark my dots. Then I took a liner artist brush and outlined the circles in white paint.
OPTIONS FOR MAKING THE DOTS:
- use a household option to trace and make the dots
- make dots using a round sponge pouncer and fill in with paint
STEP 3: PAINT THE POLKA DOTS
Use a paint brush with a larger head than the liner brush to paint the dots with white paint. I painted several coats until I got the coverage I wanted.
STEP 4: PREPARE THE BOW AND ATTACH
I used 7 different ribbons in a variety of solid and prints and cut each one approximately 6 inches long.
I’m not the greatest at making bows, but I think you’ll get the general idea for making your own. After cutting my lengths of ribbon, I placed them in an “X”, alternating each strip. Tie the strips together with the bottom horizontal ribbon strip.
Compared to the photo below, and after testing the look of the final bow, I ended up adding more alternating strips to make the bow fuller.
Once you’re done making the bow, trim the ribbon ends shorter to make a more compact looking bow. Then hot glue the bow onto the picture frame.
TIP: Test the look of your bow on top of the frame before attaching with hot glue.
SOURCES FOR PURCHASING RIBBON:
- Dollar Tree is a thrifty source
- Michael’s – buy on sale or use coupon
STEP 5: ATTACH THE LADYBUG STICKERS
Look and get an idea where you might want to place your stickers, then vary the placement of the stickers by size when adding them to the frame. They’re very sticky, so if you take one off, be prepared for a little paint to come up.
I hope you enjoy making your ladybug frame craft! Won’t it be a fun and cheerful project to make for spring!?
Click the links below to see more ladybug spring inspiration from a few of my blogger friends!
Terrie from Decorating & More With Tip
Tammy from Paint and Patina
Patti from Pandora’s Box
Barbara from French Ethereal
MORE PAINTED CRAFTS YOU MAY LIKE:
Sharing my ladybug frame craft at the following fabulous blogs!