Ladybugs are awesome. Even if they weren't as pretty as they are, they'd be awesome simply because they eat aphids. I've been fighting my annual backyard battle with aphids for the past two weeks and am thrilled when I find a ladybug who has joined me in the fight. Or, from its perspective, the buffet.
There are already a gazillion ladybug crafts out there, but few portray ladybugs realistically, which was my goal with this craft. Affiliate links below.
Ladybug Magnifying Glass Craft
Punch a 2" circle from black cardstock to make the base of the magnifying glass. Cut a long narrow rectangle for the handle.
Cut a blue background into your desired size. (Mine is approximately 4" x 6".) Punch a 1.5" circle from the scraps.
Punch a 1.5" circle from the green cardstock, then snip off the top and bottom. Cut the scraps into blades of grass.
Cut three ladybug shapes from red cardstock. One should be about the same width as the green partial circle above, and the other two should be much smaller.
Use a reference photo to draw the black details onto the ladybugs, using a Sharpie. Then add the white details with the gel pen.
Now it's time to assemble. Glue the grass to the bottom of your background paper, making sure there's a long blade in the center. Then add the magnifying glass and handle. I tucked the magnifying glass under a few blades of grass and over some others.
Center the blue circle onto the magnifying glass and glue it in place.
Add the partial green circle, orienting it so that it looks like a magnified blade of grass. Glue the largest ladybug onto it, then drag its six legs. Glue the other two ladybugs to blades of grass that aren't being magnified.
I had a lot of fun putting this together. Yea, ladybugs!