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Egg carton ladybug craft
Where did the ladybug get its name?
Do you now why ladybugs are called like that? It is because Our Lady Mary was often depicted with a red cloak, and the seven spots of the lady beetle were said to represent the seven joys and seven sorrows of Mary.
In Britain and Ireland, ladybugs are called ladybirds. Since this insect is actually neither a bug nor a bird, the preferred official name is ladybird beetle. They also go by the Latin family name of Coccinellidae.
The reason they are not considered "real bugs" (hemiptera) but beetles (coleoptera) has to do with the fact that their forewings (elytra) are entirely hardened and give the ladybug its pretty red color.
Ladybugs are generally liked because many ladybug species feed on harmful insects, thus protecting the crops.
How to make an egg carton ladybug
Cut a cell of an egg carton.
Trim the edge of the cell with small
scissors to form a small "bucket".
Start by painting the cell with a coat of white paint. Let dry.
Next, paint the egg cell in red. Let dry.
Note : some colors are partially transparent and the gray of the egg carton shows through these
colors if you don’t paint a white base coat first.
Draw a line with a pencil to separate the head of the body.
Paint the head in black.
With a small paint brush or a permanent black marker, draw a black line to separate the elytra.
(Draw with a pencil first if you prefer).
With the tip of the handle of a paint brush, paint black spots on the elytra and let dry.
Optional: when the paint is dry, add a coat of varnish.
Glue googly eyes to the front of the head of the ladybug.
Take a pipe cleaner and cut 6 small pieces for the legs.
Glue the legs in place on the inside of the egg carton cell with a glue gun.
When the glue has set, bend the legs so that they come out from underneath the body of the ladybug.
Make two small holes on top of the head.
Take two pieces of cloth wire (the kind used to make flowers) and give them the desired shape to form the antennas of the ladybug.
Slide the antennas through the holes and glue them in place.
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