Are you looking for some cute DIY garden art you can make for your garden? Well, I have just the right idea for you!
DIY Ladybug Garden Art
What you’ll need:
- Beads (you’ll need black beads and some extra beads that will match the color of your plastic bowls)
- Plastic bowls
- Multi-purpose sealer
- Outdoor Acrylic Paint
- Crimp beads
- Hanging loops
- Wire for antennae (you will need around 20 gauge wire)
- Bead stringing wire
- Shepherd’s hooks
- Gorilla Waterproof glue
Instructions to make the DIY Ladybug Garden Art
Step 1: You start by drilling around 9 holes into each bowl – 6 for the legs, 1 on the top for the hanging part and 2 for the antennae. To avoid making any mistakes, try to mark each hole with a pen first. When you are drilling holes for the legs, make sure that the holes on either side of the bowl are spaced about 1 inch.
Note: You can drill the holes for the antennae after painting the face, as it can help with the arrangement.
Step 2: This phase will include working with the plastic bowls; more precisely, painting the bowls with acrylic paint. And, remember, you are free to choose the colors you want. For example, you can go for the classic black-and-red ladybug or opt for a more creative color combination like blue and yellow or green and white.
1. It is recommended to use a sealer first so that the paint adheres to the plastic bowl completely.
2. You are also free to use the colored plastic bowls as they come.
Step 3: Now, using the black paint, draw a large half-circle to make the face of the beetle. And, once it’s done, draw a line that goes down the center of the bowl to represent the beetle’s wings.
Step 4: It’s time to add the spots, the eyes and of course, a smile for the beetle’s face.
Step 5: It’s time to create the dangling legs. So, first cut a nice piece of bead stringing wire and put a black bead onto the wire (remember to leave a small tail). Using a crimp bead, weave both the long and short tails and, with the help of a needle nose plier, clamp them down to secure them in place.
Now, you can add the remaining beads and create your desired pattern – the same pattern must be repeated on all six legs. It is important to string all the beads over the two strands of jewelry wire.
Step 6: This is when you should attach the legs to the ladybug bowl. So, once you’ve finished working with the beaded leg, put a crimper bead on the top. Weave the wire through one of the drilled holes for the leg and then put the wire back through the crimper bead and then down through as many beads as you can. Secure them by using the needle nose pliers. And, don’t forget to trim off any leftover wire.
Note: If you don’t want the crimper beads to slide off, I strongly suggest adding a little piece of tape right at the top of the finished legs.
Step 7: Once you are done with all the beaded legs, secure the tops of each leg with a bit of gorilla glue. And, please make sure that the glue covers the crimper bead completely.
Step 8: Once you’ve added a hanging loop at the top of each ladybug, use the needle nose pliers to curl the end of each wire; the wires should be used to create a spiral at the end as they will be used to represent the beetle’s antennae.
Now, your ladybugs are ready to be hung outside!