- Cute Upcycled Bowl Ladybug Decoration
- Upcycled Bowl Ladybug Decoration
- What if I Can’t Find a Red Bowl?
- Can I Use Paint or Markers for the Ladybug Dots?
- How to Make an Upcycled Bowl Ladybug
- Related Content
- Upcycling Bowling Materials
- Penny Bowling Ball
- Mosaic Bowling Ball
- Bowling Ball Garden Bugs
- Painted Bowling Pin
- Re-purpose Pins as Household Decorations
- DIY Christmas Tree Table Napkin Tutorial
Cute Upcycled Bowl Ladybug Decoration
What child doesn’t love ladybugs? This adorable upcycled bowl ladybug decoration is so simple to make and requires only a few supplies. This is the perfect craft for kids when working on gardening crafts or learning about spring. With a craft this cute, you might want to make a few of them to use as decorations everywhere.
Upcycled Bowl Ladybug Decoration
Whether you are looking for a simple craft to entertain kids on a rainy afternoon, want to add some bright spring décor around the house or you are working on a gardening lesson for kids, this adorable ladybug is perfect. I love the idea of adding this not just around the house, but in the garden. A cute ladybug peaking out between planters would be adorable!
Another fun idea is to make this upcycled flower pot ladybug. It’s so adorable! Place both in your garden alongside these painted rock ladybugs.
What if I Can’t Find a Red Bowl?
If you do not have a red bowl on hand, you can look at the dollar store or in stores Walmart where they have the picnic supplies. You can also take a plastic container or another colored bowl, and paint it red.
You will want to use spray paint or acrylic paint for the best stick. This is a great way to use up plastic containers from food or take out.
Tip: Use different colored bowls and make unique bugs to add to your garden. You could attach green ones together to make a caterpillar even!
Did you know you can make golf ball ladybugs? They are so cute and super easy to make. I also love these adorable ladybugs made from plastic spoons. How absolutely genius!
Can I Use Paint or Markers for the Ladybug Dots?
While I use card stock or foam to make the ladybug dots, you can use a black paint marker or permanent marker to make the dots. Kids can get creative and make the spots different colors too.
You can also use felt or construction paper to make the spots. Another fun option is to use recycled cardboard that is cut into circles and painted black. You will need a strong craft glue to make the cardboard stick to the plastic surface.
Want something a bit more appropriate for outdoor decorating? Check out these concrete ornaments for your garden, or even these easy DIY rock gardens. So many fun options on the list! Ladybugs are, of course, a great addition to any garden decor, but when you live where there is a lot of rain or snow, one of these ideas may be a better choice.
How to Make an Upcycled Bowl Ladybug
Start by using a small bowl or cookie cutter to trace a circle onto the black paper.
Cut out the large circle, as well as multiple smaller circles to use as the dots on the ladybug.
Now, cut 8 strips of paper to be used as the legs.
Glue googly eyes onto the larger circle, then use a white paint pen to draw on a smile.
Now, you will curl the ends of two pipe cleaners, then attach them to the back of that circle face to become an antenna.
Glue the face onto the side of the bowl.
Now, you will glue the legs onto the underside of the bowl with 4 on each side.
Next, you will glue the small black circles around the bowl to create the ladybug spots.
Add this to a table for party decoration, on a shelf in a kid’s room, or on your front porch as a fun decoration.
When decorating for a party, as shown in the picture above, think outside the box. This fun upcycled bowl was a $1 project that took only a few minutes and saved tons of money.
I also recommend checking out Dollar Tree online for boxes of their best products in bulk.
Buy your party supplies cups, utensils, plates, napkins, tablecloths, and streamers for half the price you would elsewhere, then use them to make your own decorations that are unique and adorable!
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Estimated Cost $1
If you can’t find a red bowl, feel free to spray paint any bowl with red paint instead!
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Upcycling Bowling Materials
Every bowler needs the right combination of great-fitting bowling shoes, a convenient bowling bag, and a perfectly weighted bowling ball. But after lots of use, those items don’t always work as well as they first did. When walking around a rummage sale, you can guess what happens to those older pieces of bowling equipment.
They are practically thrown out. But those shoes and ball that served you so well for so many years do not have to end up in the garbage at all. At your next rummage sale visit, grab an old bowling ball. You might not want to pass up the opportunity to buy it.
We’re talking about reusing old projects and creating something new… upcycling!
Upcycling old bowling materials can be the perfect way to give new life to these items… without having to be wasteful. The idea of upcycling actually dates back to the Great Depression. During this time, material was re-purposed necessity.
Modern upcycling is now a way to add some color to your life. This fun hobby turns old, worn material into something beautiful. Whether you are new to upcycling or a seasoned artisan, below are a number of ideas to consider for your next project.
Penny Bowling Ball
Do you want a lawn ornament with a little pizzazz? To start, cover an old bowling ball with pennies. Simply gather some pennies and clean them off so they are extra shiny. Then use a weather-proof glue to paste them onto the bowling ball. For full directions and suggestions on material the kind of glue to use, visit the House of Hawthornes’ blog here.
Mosaic Bowling Ball
By far the most popular do-it-yourself project with bowling equipment, upcycling a bowling ball to be a beautiful mosaic piece of art is not as hard as you think.
For example, some upcyclers have done a mosaic of all different colors of blue on a single ball to add an accent color to their garden. Some have created patterns stripes or polka dots to make the ball a little more whimsical.
Others have made beautiful landscapes or other scenes to make the piece truly unique.
Whatever your preference, you can find directions on DIY Network’s website here. It also lists several suggestions for material that can be used for your mosaic tiles. Try broken china, mirrors, colored glass, or flat-backed marbles. Each adds a unique texture and color to your piece of art.
Bowling Ball Garden Bugs
Rather not paste pennies or pieces of tile onto a bowling ball? Then paint a design onto a bowling ball! It adds a lot of character to your lawn or garden.
And what’s more perfect for the outdoors than cute ladybug bowling balls? Simply invest in some latex paint and possibly some copper wires if you’d to add the subtle touch of antennae! You’ve got yourself a ladybug bowling ball! Check out Birds & Blooms’ directions here, which includes pictures at each step of the process.
Painted Bowling Pin
While there are many designs you can paint onto a bowling pin, the bowling pin penguin is one of the cutest! You can find directions and pictures here on HubaDub’s website.
If the penguin doesn’t interest you, some other suggestions to try include: Olaf from the movie Frozen, a giraffe, a favorite team’s logo, Santa Claus. Similarly, try a quote from a favorite movie or book for teens and adults.
Moreover, the options are limitless, but the fun is not for this upcycling project! Each family member will enjoy designing their own custom pin.
Re-purpose Pins as Household Decorations
If you’re looking for a more challenging project, look no further. Yearning for a more sophisticated look from upcycled bowling materials? Take a peek at Instructables’ website here.
The user gives step-by-step instructions on how to strip the plastic from old bowling pins. What you’re left with is beautiful wood but the same great shape of a pin.
Grab one or two and use them as chic decorations on your mantelpiece or unique bookends on a shelf.
The options for upcycling bowling material are vast. We hope our ideas have sparked your curiosity to try one of these projects or challenged you to find a new way to upcycle your old gear. Either way, make no mistake—the next bowling ball you see at a garage sale will be coming home with you! Then let us know what DIY projects you’ve made in the comments!
DIY Christmas Tree Table Napkin Tutorial
Yesterday I received this sweet set of fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics called “All The Trimmings” – aren’t they adorable?
You can find them on Fabric.com; I’ve compiled a handy set of links for you below:
FABRIC.COM LINKS: CANDYCANE STRIPES: Pink & Green / Red & Green | LIGHTS: Pink / Red | CHRISTMAS TREES: Pink & Green / Red & Green | STOCKINGS: Green & Red
I just recently realized that you can also find these on Amazon.com. The only plus side to this is that on Amazon you have the option for quicker shipping while on Fabric.com there is only one option for shipping. Here’s a set of those links if you’d those options too!