Coleoptera ( beetles!)

I only just found out that Ladybirds are Beetles!!!! I never realised! Beetles come in the most amazing colours and to make your own is pretty simple and quite a relaxing art to do.

First up find a scrappy piece of paper or thin card and fold in half. You are going to cut out your beetle shape. This one is a very simple teardrop shape. You could make it far more intricate if you wanted.

Now you open up your paper and you have your template for the beetle’s body.

I used a small ink pad but you could use any medium.Ink pads are quick!

So here is my beetle’s body. Why not try different shapes or cut out a shape. Experiment and have fun.

These two shapes of coloured card are cut out and then glued down.

So I have 6 bodies 3 using stamps with template, 2 coloured card cut out and 1 watercolour using template.

Now that we have our bodies we need to add our legs etc.You need 6 legs and some antennae or feelers. I think it works best using pencils coloured or not.

Then add a ‘ T’ on the body. I have also bulked up his legs!

Some had what looked like little love hearts on their legs!!

If you want to add wings, cut out your shape and cut in the middle leaving some space at the top.

Bend over where you have left the space at the top as this is where you are going to glue it down.

Now the fun part – decorating your beetle. You can use any medium, use biodegradable glitter, add sequins, use collage, mix your mediums.Most importantly have fun. This again is something you can do quite quickly for younger children or make something intricate etc if you have the time.You could name your beetles with some scientific sounding name or ‘Cynthia’!! You could even write a poem or story about them.

Published by readysteadyglue

Hello ! I am a single mum to a whirlwind of a boy!I love crafting with and for him .My degree was Fashion Design BA at Trent Poly and I love all things design from illustrating to taps!!! I hope you join me on my journey into blogging with hopefully lots of fun craft ideas and book reviews.

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