How To Make a Paper Mache Ladybird

How To Make a Paper Mache LadybirdThe Whitsun half term holiday is a distant memory, Cici started back at school today and peace and order has been restored upon my poor home. The mess was totally worth it though, Cici and I had a fun filled week together and made lots of new memories!

Cici was sent home on the last day of school with some homework… Her first ever school art project. She was instructed to make a model of her favourite mini beast.

Cici, what insect shall we make for your school homework?” I asked.

Gaston Ladybird off Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom!” she squealed!

Right, how on earth am I going to make a ladybird?? Easy peasy! Read on to find out…

Part 1: You Will Need…

  • A balloon
  • Newspaper… Lots and lots of it!
  • PVA Glue
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • A stirrer – I used a paint brush

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  1. Pour 2 parts PVA glue with one part water into your bowl and stir thoroughly
  2. Blow up your balloon to the required size and tie it
  3. Rip the newspaper into strips and dip into the glue until completely covered. You can use a paint brush to do this if easier for you, but we enjoyed getting sticky and messy so we used our fingers!image
  4. Cover the entire balloon with the wet newspaper and wait for it to dry. Repeat this step until you have a hard shell of a balloon

(Handy Tip: Each layer takes a while to dry… To speed up the process, I used my hairdryer, or if it’s a warm day, you could even hang it out on the washing line if you prefer).

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Part 2: You Will Need…

  • Your dry newspaper covered balloon
  • Red Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black Paper
  • A small piece of whit card
  • Black marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Pritt Stick



Paint the entire balloon in red paint. Wait until it dries then add more coats of paints as needed

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Take some of the black paper and cut into strips…

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Decide how big you want your ladybirds face to be. Stick some Pritt Stick onto one end of each strip of paper and stick onto your balloon, starting from the outside of the face and working your way slowly forwards

Create 2 eyes for your ladybird using the white card and your marker pen. Stick them onto your model


Cut the remainder black paper into circles and stick onto your ladybirds body…


Using your marker pen, draw an outline of your ladybirds body onto your painted balloon

For the finishing touches, we gave our ladybird a pair of antennae by poking our pipe cleaners into the balloon model. We used red glittery ones, but you can use black (or any other colour) if you prefer. We also decided to give our ladybird a smiley face to make him look happy, but this is optional!


So there you have it, our Paper Mache Ladybird! Cici loved carrying it to school and we arrived to a beautiful classroom filled with colourful bumblebees, caterpillars and butterflies.

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What do you think? Did you find my guide easy to follow or too difficult? Did you get bored half way through like we did and almost gave up? I’d love to see your Paper Mache Ladybirds! Pop them onto Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget to tag me (@hecticdiabectic)!

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How To Make a Paper Mache Ladybird


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