How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs

Stones are a great natural element that can be used in a variety of projects but f you are looking for a simple and fun project to brighten up your garden then look no further. These bright and colourful garden critters could make for a lovely summer activity to do with your young ones. They also don’t lunch on your garden like some creatures you may find in it do.

How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs


With the weather being warmer the garden has become increasingly a hive of activity. While I am leaving the gardening and growing to my hubby and his granddad (for the time being anyway), I've been considering what the girls may like to see in it and injecting a bit of creativity. I thought I’d start with a very simple project and create these colourful lady bugs that could fit in with the flower beds and brighten up the area.

How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs

I discovered we had a few round palm sized stones in our garden and had some paint pots left over from past projects that came in handy for painting these critters. The paint can be used on indoor and outdoor projects and comes in a variety of colours but the ones I had to hand were black, pink and teal. These contrasting colours were applied to the stones and dried really quickly making it easy to go over and amend areas if desired before adding a few spots to the side that will be left visible.

How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs

Once I was happy with the appearance of all four stones and they had all dried. It was time to release them back into the wild so to speak and decide on where they may like to take up residence. I chose a little spot surrounded by vegetables but they can easily be moved about.  I'm sure they take on adventures while I'm not in the garden or could it be that my little green fingered babies have found them!

How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs

What activities will you get up to in the garden this Summer?


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  1. I am always looking for new ideas for making things with children and as we live not far from a famous pebble ridge we are definitely going to try this #familyfun @_karendennis

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  2. This is a fab activity, I have book marked and going to give it a go as it something both my boys can do and quite relaxing. Thanks for sharing X #bestandworst

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  3. I think I could actually do this with my daughter unlike most craft ideas I find on blogs. Thank you - super cute and colourful

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  4. This is a brilliant idea, though I'm not sure we have any of the right sized stones in our garden but I'll def have a look tomorrow as the girls would love this. #BloggerClubUK

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  5. These look so cute. My daughters would enjoy making these. A good one for the summer holidays, thanks! #SharingtheBlogLove

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  6. This is such a great idea. They are very, very cute! I think my girls would love to make these. #SharingtheBlogLove

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  7. My reception class would love these! x #SharingtheBlogLove

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  8. These are so cool. I think I will pin for my daughter! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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  9. Hi Helena, I love this project! These colourful creatures would look good in plant pots too! I wonder what they get up to when you aren't looking? It would be fun to set up a camera just to see!
    This time of year nothing much happens in the garden as it's just too hot.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    xx

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  10. Wow, what a great idea. My two are always collecting stones and now I know what to do with them x
    #FamilyFunLinky

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  11. I love this. I've actually been thinking about having a go at something like this with my little girl for a while now but never got around to it. The rocks you made look fab so we will definitely be giving it a go x #familyfun

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  12. These are so cute, and so simple too! I love anything that gets children involved in the garden and things like this are such a lovely way of doing that. And who doesn't have a few stones lying around their garden that could do with brightening up? Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  13. Aaah I love these, what a lovely idea and the colours look fab in the garden. Definetly something mine would enjoy, although they probably wouldn't end up so neat... thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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  14. Oh I love these. Such a lovely simple idea but the finished ladybirds look so effective. My girls would love these too :-) #familyfunlinky

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  15. They are so cute! My girls would love to make these and just a simple one too. A great way to make the garden more interesting to them, I will have to try this over the summer. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  16. Wow this craft brought back some memories - my Nana used to live by a beach and was always collecting pebbles to paint. She had a whole family of ladybirds (which I loved playing with as a child) - I had forgotten about them until now! I think I might need to have a go at this! #sharingthebloglove

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  17. This is so much fun! We have always taken my old nail varnish on camping trips so that the children can paint stones and they have always loved this activity. I love that they can make minibeasts and ladybirds though that can then stay in the garden. Super cute!
    Thank you so much Helena for linking up to #MyGloriousGardens this month. It's lovely to have new linkers.
    I will post a round up by the end of next week so look out for that.x

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  18. These are fab - super cute! And way better than the bugs that eat your garden :) Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo x

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  19. I love these. We have them in our fairy gardens but I've only thought to make conventional ladybird bugs. These are so colourful and fun, I'm definitely brightening up my black and red collection next time we go to the beach. We are in Brighton in a couple of weeks, it will be perfect pebble collecting conditions.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

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  20. These are so pretty, and it's such a simple idea. They're now on my list for summer crafting :)
    #MakeItLinky

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  21. Checking in again, thanks for linking up! #MakeItLinky

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