How to Make a Papier Mache Ladybug

By Contributor ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Tray or bowl
  • Small round balloon
  • Sandpaper
  • White, red and black paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Utility knife or box cutter

How to Make a Papier Mache Ladybug. Ladybugs are small insects that have red bodies with black dots. Making a papier mache ladybug is simple and can be a fun project for children. This design makes two small ladybugs.

Cover your work area and clothes to protect them from the papier mache.

Blow the balloon up until it reaches 3 inches in diameter. Tie the balloon off so it keeps its shape.

Mix the flour and water together in a bowl or in a tray to make a paste. The paste should have the consistency of mashed potatoes, thick but still a little runny.

Cut the newspaper into pieces 1/2- to 1-inch wide. Soak the pieces in the paste for no more than 5 minutes. Cover the balloon with the soaked newspaper pieces. Overlap the sides to make sure the balloon is completely covered. Make three or more layers of papier mache so it is strong. Flatten out any wrinkles in the paper.

Hang the balloon from the stem and let the balloon dry over night. Make sure to cover the floor underneath it so the papier mache does not drip onto the floor.

Cut the papier mache balloon in half with a utility knife or box cutter. This leaves you with two dome shapes. These make the bodies for the ladybugs.

Sand the edges of the domes so that they are smooth.

Paint the domes like a ladybug. Use black paint for the head, lines and dots on the ladybug. Use the white paint for the face and the red paint for the back. Allow each color of the paint to dry before applying another color.