This beautiful ladybug can be a bright addition to your summer nature table. Sewn or glued to an accessory, she makes a lovely summer gift. And if you string a thread through her body you can also use her as a prop in one of your summer stories.
Red wool (walnut sized)
Black or dark brown wool (acorn sized)
Dry felting needle
Dry felting sponge
Optional accessory: hair elastic or scrunchie, finger knitted necklace or bracelet, broach clasp or magnet
Roll the red wool between your fingers to make a loose ball or oval.
Prick and agitate the wool with your needle until it begins to take shape.
Shape the ball into a flat oval (the shape of a ladybug’s body).
Tear a tiny piece of the dark wool off and roll it between your fingers (slightly damp fingers help) to make a very thin line.
Place the line down the center of the ladybug’s body and prick it down with your needle until it is secure.
Using another tiny ball of wool, shape the ladybug’s head to your liking then place it at the front of her body.
Prick and agitate this wool until it is firmly in place. You may need to add a few layers of dark here to completely cover the red.
Create as many spots as you want by gathering a tiny amounts of dark wool and rolling them into tiny balls.
Place the balls on the ladybug’s back so that each wing is a mirror image of the other.
Prick the dark spots into her back until secure.
If you like, sew or glue the bottom of her body to an accessory of choice.
Meagan Wilson is an earthy Mama ever-inspired by her two gorgeous children North, Indigo. She passionately shares her natural parenting journey including Waldorf inspired crafts, delicious holistic recipes, urban gardening and much more on her blog- This Whole Family. She recently launched a new online shop: Whole Family Rhythms which provides a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home.