Ladybug Frame Craft Idea

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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

completed 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

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • 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
supplies needed to make the ladybug frame craft
ribbons needed to make the bow for the frame

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.

outlined dots on the ladybug frame craft idea

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
  • stencil

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.

dots filled in with white on the ladybug frame craft idea

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.

ribbon layout for the bow

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
  • Walmart

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!?

graphic saying pin for later
graphic for ladybug frame craft idea with title and completed frame

Click the links below to see more ladybug spring inspiration from a few of my blogger friends!

blog challenge 10 on the 10th graphic logo

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!


 



 









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18 thoughts on “Ladybug Frame Craft Idea”

    1. Thank you, Ann! I’m trying to improve my bow making skills, but maybe I did okay since you like it LOL. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you’ll be on the mend soon!

  1. Really fun, Allyson!!! I love your ladybug frame idea and yes, I did join the party late (yesterday!). I wasn’t sure I could finish cleaning up the garden area to photograph. Anyway, really enjoying the ladybug theme!! Enjoy your sweet frames and as always, I’ve pinned to several boards for you. <3

    Happy spring hugs to you,
    Barb πŸ™‚

  2. Allyson this is beyond cute!!! I love how bright and colorful this frame is. It makes me think of summer just looking at it. Your ladybug frame also gives me a ton of ideas on decorating other frames. Thank you so much for sharing!

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