How To Make An Easy Ladybug Using Recycled Items

Learn how to create a cute ladybug out of recycled items! I made it for the garden, but it could be a home or garden accent!

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DIY recycled ladybug craft using recycled items

It’s time for more recycling or upcycling…I always get them confused! I’m still using up all the golf balls I have accumulated, but I have added wire hangers and a water bottle to the mix this time!

It’s fun to have this cute critter hiding in your plants!

Ladybug peeking out from plants in garden

If you enjoy this golf ball craft, be sure to check out my 30 Golf Ball Crafts! You are sure to find the perfect project to inspire you!

FYI: I go beyond bugs and even make some home decor accessories!

Here is the Video Tutorial

So you can see how I used recycled items to make this cute Ladybug!


If you like ladybugs, I made Resin Ladybugs and Ladybug Picture Holders!

Supplies You Will Need to Make the Ladybug

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Recycled Items

  • Golf ball
  • Wire hanger
  • Plastic water bottle

Supplies to Buy (if you don’t have them on hand)



For How to Make a Ladybug Using Recycled Items

1.  Cut the wire hanger into four 2.5 inch to 3 inch pieces. Bend each leg at the top and bottom. A smaller bend will be the foot and the longer bend will be inserted into the body.

Cut wire hanger legs

2.  Drill holes into the body for the legs. Be careful and wear your safety glasses. Glue the legs into the body.

Use rotary tool or drill to drill holes into golf ball for the legs

3.  Cut 20 gauge wire and twist around a wooden skewer for the antennae. Drill holes for the antennae and glue in place.

Unpainted ladybug made from recycled materials

4.  Spray paint the body and legs black.

Paint the ladybug body and legs black

5.  While the body is drying, cut wings out of an old water bottle. Make sure it is dry. Take the black acrylic paint and make polka dots on the inside of the wings and allow it to dry. 

Cut wings out of recycled plastic bottles
Add black spots to the recycled plastic ladybug wings

6.  When the dots are dry, spray paint red on the inside of the wings. It will probably take two coats.  Allow it to dry.

Paint the inside of the recycled plastic bottle wings red

7.  Glue the wings into place and Viola! you have a ladybug to add a little whimsy to your garden!

Finished easy ladybug craft made from recycled items
Finished ladybug sitting on railing
Completed ladybug with flowers behind

Other Garden Decor Ideas!

Flowers for your garden don’t all need to be watered and all ants don’t invade your picnic! Here are some fun garden decor ideas for you to make!

Finished ladybug craft on edge of fountain
Ladybug made from recycled items in green ground cover

Fun Ladybug Garden Accents

Incase you are looking for fun ladybug accents and accessories for your garden, check out these!

Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


13 thoughts on “How To Make An Easy Ladybug Using Recycled Items”

  1. LOVE these seen them somewhere a while and wanted to make. Thanks for the video tutorial! Now I can try to make a few.

  2. This is cute! Lady bugs are my favorites. I painted tired into lady bugs and planted roses in them. This would be a neat addition to my garden. Great project – Thank you!
    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  3. What a cute idea. I love Lady Bugs and you could put these anywhere. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. awesome, and I have old golf balls. Thanks for the idea. I love the paint on the inside of the wings, makes them very pretty

  5. I love the ideal. Just because I have lots of old golf nand trying to figure what kind of craft I could do with them. I have two questions. I have tried snowman made with golf balls. Glue won't stick. I Have tried many kinds. Do you have a good glue that you would totally recommend for this or other projects made with this type (golf ball) texture.

    Also, I have tried drilling into golf balls. What kind of drill are you using and how deep are you going?


    Maxine Falls


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