How to make a ladybird costume

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How to make a ladybird costume
Make your own fancy dress ladybird costume. (Valengilda/iStock/Getty Images)

A ladybird is a flying beetle that is usually coloured red and black. Despite being a creepy crawly, ladybirds are often portrayed as being cute on kitschy goods such as umbrellas, and, in some parts of Europe, they're even considered good luck. The curious little creatures have a polka dot pattern that is simple to imitate when making a ladybird costume.

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Things you need

  • Black felt
  • Red felt
  • Scissors
  • Black plastic headband
  • 2 Black pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Black turtleneck sweater
  • Black trousers
  • Black boots
  • Black face paint

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  1. 1

    Cut out a 60 cm (2 feet) diameter circle from the black felt. Cut out a 60 cm (2 feet) diameter circle from the red felt. Glue them together.

  2. 2

    Cut out a 60 by 2.5 cm (2 feet by 1 inch) black strip from the black felt. Glue it on to the centre of the red side of the circles you stuck together earlier.

  3. 3

    Cut out six circles from the black felt -- all about 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter. Glue them on to the red felt, three on the left of the black felt strip and three on the right of it. These are your wings.

  4. 4

    Put some glue in the middle of the black side of the wings and stick it to the back of your turtleneck sweater.

  5. 5

    Cut out a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter circle from the black felt and glue it to one end of a black pipe cleaner. Glue the other end of the pipe cleaner onto the black plastic headband 7.5 cm (3 inches) left of centre. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner and glue it 7.5 cm (3 inches) right of the centre. These are your antennae.

  6. 6

    Wear your black trousers, boots and turtleneck with the wings at the back. Put the antennae headband on. Paint a black circle on the end of your nose with the face paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the wings smaller if you are making the costume for a child.
  • Instead of black trousers, women could wear a red and black polka dot skirt and black tights.
  • Wear a black hoody instead of a turtleneck.

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