Introduction: Recycled Ladybug Jar

About: I'm a freelance crafter, recipe developer, mother of 4, and lover of nature. I prefer to use recycled items whenever I can in my projects and I love working in the crafting and culinary realms!

Ladybugs are one of my favorite springtime critters to craft about. They are so cute and so easy, even the little ones can get involved. This little ladybug jar speaks to a variety of age groups, from little ones all the way through the teen years. Recycled materials are used, so cost is low too! 

The supplies you will need for this project are:

plastic or glass jar with lid (I used an instant coffee jar)
red, black and white acrylic craft paint
bug foam stamp
red polka dot fabric
sealer spray

Go to the next step to get started!

Step 1: Clean Up and Stamp It

Wash and dry a recycled plastic jar. I chose plastic for this project because it's specifically for kids, and glass can break when it falls. And if it's in a child's room, chances are it will fall at least once. 

I used a foam stamp, you can find these at any craft store for about a dollar. 

Step 2: Stamp It

Paint the foam stamp with black acrylic craft paint. press that onto the jar. Then use white paint to add the spots and eyes. A toothpick works great for the eyes!

Step 3: Paint the Lid

Put lid on jar. If the lid is not red, paint it red. I added a thin coat of red to mine because it was a little cloudy looking.  Paint a black semicircle at one end of the lid. Use the handle end of the paintbrush dipped in black paint to add different sized spots. Let dry.

Step 4: Tie With a Bow

Wrap a piece of red polka dot fabric around the jar and tie in a bow, trim the ends. Give everything a quick burst spray of sealer.

Step 5: Thanks!

Hope you enjoyed this craft! I have tons of projects for kids and adults on my blog, Crafts by Amanda. Hope to see you there :)