Did you know that a ladybug can consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime? Ladybugs are a gardener’s best friend, because they eat so many plant-eating insects. In celebration of springtime, make a ladybug of your own!
- Construction paper
- A pen or dark marker
- Pipe cleaners
- Plastic bottle cap
- Wiggly eyes from a craft store (or make your own eyes)
- Hole punch
- Begin by tracing around the bottle cap onto the construction paper. Then, cut out the circle.
- Apply a drop of glue to the bottle cap and glue the circle to it.
- Choose two wiggly eyes and apply them to the body with just a little glue.
- Use the hole punch to create the ladybug’s dots, and glue them to the body. For a standard-sized bottle cap, 5 or 6 should do the trick.
- Make the ladybug’s legs by cutting the pipe cleaners into small pieces (about 2 to 3 inches long). Glue the pipe cleaners into the cap and bend into place so they stick out slightly.
These ladybugs make for great decorations around the house.
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