Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day craft project for your kids? Why not try making these adorable ladybugs using cupcake liners? This is a simple and easy project that even young children can do, and the finished ladybug craft is so cute. Plus, you can use them to decorate your home or classroom for Valentine’s Day. So why not give it a try? Your kids will love it!
Don’t you think ladybugs are lovely? I love them because my mom did. She even got married in a ladybug dress! This sweet craft reminds me of her.
Did you know that ladybugs symbolize good luck and fortune? The seven-spotted ladybug, in particular, is said to represent Mary’s seven joys and sorrows, so this could be a cute faith formation craft, too, as long as you add an extra spot to the ladybug.
Why You Should Make This Ladybug Craft
Here are just a few reasons to make this cute Valentine’s Day ladybug craft with the kids today:
- No fancy materials required. All you need is paper, cupcake liners, googly eyes, glue, and scissors.
- It’s a wonderful craft to make if you want to learn more about ladybugs.
- This is a fun play on the “love bug” theme. Also, take a look at our love bug classroom snacks while you’re here.
- It’ll look adorable hanging on the fridge, wall, or on the bulletin board in your classroom.
Materials Needed for the Cupcake Liner Ladybug Craft
It’s much easier to craft with the kids when you have all your supplies ready and on the table. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Craft paper: black, green and light green
- Two cupcake liners: colors of choice (red, pink, or a Valentine assortment)
- 4 googly eyes
- Scissors (We love Fiskars scissors for kids)
- Glue stick (Here’s one with good hold)
How to Make These Valentine’s Day Ladybugs
- Flatten the cupcake liners and them into heart shapes. TIP: Make this process easier by folding the liner in half and cutting half a heart. This will ensure the halves are symmetrical.
- Grab the black paper and cut two (2) circles and four (4) short, thin strips.
- Next, glue the strips to the top of the circle to form antenna. Fold the strips accordion style to make them cuter and to give the ladybug craft a bit of a 3D element.
- Add googly eyes to the top halves of both circles.
- Glue the circles to the cupcake liners at the top of the heart shape. Then, glue the entire ladybug to the dark green paper.
- With the black paper, cut two (2) thin, long rectangular strips. Glue them down the center of the ladybug’s body.
- Cut a few small hearts out of the black paper and glue them to the ladybug’s body.
- Begin tearing small strips off the light green paper to make grass-like pieces.
- Glue the “grass” randomly around the page.
- Your cupcake liner ladybug craft is complete!
Books to Go with This Ladybug Craft
To expand this craft into a full lesson or unit, here are some books that will pair well with the activity.
- Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug
- Lyla, the Lovesick Ladybug
- Little Love Bug Finger Puppet Book
- You’re My Little Cuddle Bug
- Anything from the Ladybug Girl series
Are you going to make this ladybug craft for Valentine’s Day? We’d love to see your creations! Tag us on Instagram at gluesticksgumdrops!
More Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
- God’s Love Sunday School Valentine Craft
- Cute Koala Craft for Valentine’s Day
- Love Birds Cupcake Liner Craft
Don’t forget to pin this post to come back to it if you don’t get to the craft this Valentine’s Day.