Friday, August 12, 2011

How to Make a Ladybug Girl Costume

My daughter adores all the Ladybug Girl books by David Soman and Jacky Davis. She dressed up as Ladybug Girl last year for Halloween. Putting together a Ladybug Girl costume is an easy DIY project. All you need to do is make a no-sew red tutu and reconfigure a pair of cheap fairy wings. Add a headband with pipecleaner antenna, a red long-sleeve leotard and pair of ladybug rainboots and you've got yourself a pretty cute children's storybook character costume. (Detail-oriented Ladybug Girls may also want to consider holding a stuffed animal Basset Hound to complete the picture.)

How to Make a Tutu: Do-it-yourself basic tutus are surprisingly easy to create. If you look on YouTube you can find several instructional videos on how to make a tutu using only a roll of tulling and a band of elastic. This YouTube tutu tutorial video shows both the double knot and slip knot techniques. Last year I blogged about my tutu making project:

How to Make Ladybug Wings: I experimented with a few different wing making techniques including wrestling a pair of panty hose onto a wire coat hanger. Ultimately I decided that the simplest way to make a pair is to buy an inexpensive pair of fairy wings at WalMart (dollar stores also carry them), cut them apart, and transform them into ladybug wings using acrylic paint and black felt dots.

1. Carefully peel back the center stabilizer portion and remove the bottom two fairy wings. I used a scissors to cut them off. In doing so, I also had to cut the armbands. Later I reattached the armbands to the center stabilizer by tacking them down with thread. I also reglued the center stabilizer section down using a glue gun.

2. Use a foam brush and paint the wings with watered down, red acrylic paint. Amazingly, the watered down paint did not adhere to the glitter details, so the wings maintained some of the shimmer. I also painted the elastic armbands red using the watered down paint.

3. After the wings dry, cut out twelve circles out of black felt. Using tacky fabric glue, glue three of the circles to the front and then three to the back of each wing. I used the illustrations in the Ladybug Girl books as a guide to circle placement.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The boots really make the outfit. But, the stuffed dog would be adorable, too!

Anonymous said...

Did you have any trouble with the paint flaking off of the wings? I want to make something like this for my daughter. Thanks.

Brimful Curiosities said...

No, the watered down paint soaked into the fabric of the wings we used, tinting it and it did not flake. Good luck!

Harper&HunnersMomma10-21 said...

I just got done doing this for my 1 year old! Picked up a pair of lightly pink wings for dogs.. ((Which isn't going to be overly big for my daughter)).. Did everything just like you did (except I sprinkled silver glitter on over the paint) and they look great! Thank you for the tutorial!