Make this Easy DIY Ladybug Costume

If you're in need of a quick and easy Halloween costume, look no further! For a last-minute Halloween costume that doesn't look last-minute, try this DIY ladybug costume. We'll show you how to make an easy ladybug body from plain cardboard (just add paint and glitter!) and pair it with a DIY headband for a costume that will be ready in plenty of time for trick-or-treating. 

This DIY Halloween costume uses just the right amount of glitter (a lot!) to make the antennae and spotted cardboard wings shine. Elastic shoulder straps make slipping this costume over any black outfit easy, which means your trick-or-treater can be comfortable, warm, and cute as a bug—with minimal prep-work from you!

  • Working Time 1 Hour
  • Start to Finish 3 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Easy

What you need


  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Foam paintbrush


  • Cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter
  • 2/3 yard of 5/8-inch-wide elastic
  • 2-inch-diameter foam balls (x2)
  • Plastic headband

How to do it

Part 1 Make the Wings

The body of the ladybug comes together quickly—just cut, paint and add glitter!

Step 1 Cut the Cardboard

Cut two 19-inch-diameter circles from cardboard; these circles will become the body of the ladybug. Adjust the diameter of the circles to fit the size of the child, if necessary. Cut one circle in half down the center and leave the other complete. To create the spots for the ladybug, cut sixteen 3-inch-diameter circles from cardboard. To connect the two wing halves, hot-glue a scrap of cardboard to the top back of the wing halves to connect them, positioning the wings so the tops touch and the bottoms are spread apart to appear as if they are opening. Reinforce the glued cardboard with duct tape.

Step 2 Decorate the Body

Paint the front of the cardboard wings with red acrylic paint; let dry. When the paint is dry, add glitter. Working in small sections, brush on crafts glue, and while wet, sprinkle with red glitter. Shake off excess and let dry. If you don't want to work with loose glitter, look for a spray glitter. While the glitter dries, gather the 3-inch cardboard circles and paint them black. When the paint is dry, brush on crafts glue and apply black glitter; let dry. When the body and the small circles are both dry, use hot glue to attach the dried spots to the dry wings.

When the body pieces are complete, add elastic straps to make the costume wearable. Cut two 12-inch lengths of black elastic, and hot-glue the ends of the elastic to the inside top of both front and back wings; reinforce the glue with duct tap to make sure the costume lasts through a long night of trick-or-treating!

Part 2 Make the Antennae

Add a cute headband to give this bug its antennae!

Step 1 Prepare Foam Balls

Paint two 2-inch foam balls black and let dry. Then, brush the foam with crafts glue and sprinkle with black glitter (or use a spray glitter, turning the foam balls in order to coat the entire surface). Shake off the excess glitter and let the foam balls dry. 

Step 2 Attach to Headband

Wrap the center of a black pipe cleaner around a plastic headband and twist the two halves around each other. Insert the ends of the pipe cleaner into the foam ball. We suggest adding a dab of crafts glue or hot glue to secure. Repeat with another set of pipe cleaners and the second foam ball to complete the antennae.

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