Ladybug Lanterns Tutorial

I recently helped my friend with ladybug themed party for her daughter.  In trying to find some fun decor for the party, I came up with the idea to turn paper lanterns into lady bugs (though I’m sure this idea is not an original one; I just don’t remember seeing it anywhere).  It was so quick and easy, and I love how they turned out!



  • 6 Paper Lanterns
  • 12 “Fuzzy Sticks” (Pipe Cleaners)
  • 1-2 Sheets Black Paper
  • Circle Punch/Circle Cutter (optional)
  • Double-sided tape


Step 1: Expand the lanterns per packaging instructions


Step 2: Cut 12-15 circles (1-2 inches in diameter) for each lantern; adhere to lantern with double-sided tape in a random patern

Step 3: Curl one end of each pipe cleaner into a loose swirl. I placed a pen under the pipe cleaner, holding the pipe cleaner between the pen and my thumb and pulled toward me in a curling motion–think of the same motion you use when blow drying your hair with a round brush.  (No, those are not my man hands for those of you wondering; they belong to my wonderful hubby who curled the pipe cleaner for me while I photographed…thanks, babe!)

Twist the straight ends of two pipe cleaners together (3 or 4 twists).

Finally, affix to the hook/loop, and adjust the pipe cleaners to make amazing-looking antenna.

And there is your super-cute  ladybug lantern!  I hung mine using command hooks.




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22 comments on “Ladybug Lanterns Tutorial

  1. oh, they’re sooo nice!
    thanx for the brilliant idea! :)

  2. I love these! Super simple and super cute! You’ve been featured on the sidebar for the week! Stop on by!

    Melanie :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog they are just so, so sweet!

    They’ve brought sunshine to this dull day here in the UK!

    Michelle xoxo

  4. These are adorable! They would’ve been perfect for my daughter’s 1st birthday party, which was ladybug themed. I’d love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It’s open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you’ll stop by!


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  6. these are so cool. I’m pinning them right now for my daughter bday party this winter!!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

    • Marigold Mom on said:

      I’m glad you like them! Thanks for pinning me! Did you see the rest of the ladybug party? I would love to see how your daughter’s party turns out. =) I linked up with you and added you to my Parties page. How fun!

  7. Darling!!! These ladybug lanterns are the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time! I would want them up every day :)

  8. My comment submitted before I was done with it… Silly computer! Anywho, I was saying how much I love these! I too am pinning this & plan on using it for my daughters 1st birthday this year! I can’t wait to go check out the rest of the ladybug party!

    • Marigold Mom on said:

      Thanks, Marissa! I’d love to see how your daughter’s party turns out. =) Also, I’ve briefly glances at your blog and think I might love it. Can’t wait to look at it in more detail! I’m loving your letter/food combinations. Your blog might be just what I need for my son right now (I’m totally at loss for what to do with him).

  9. These are insanely adorable!

  10. Hey Angie! Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects. Also, you were featured! Stop on by and grab a button to show it off – you earned it!

  11. These are absolutely adorable! What a fantastic idea. :) Megan

  12. So adorable and perfect for a sweet soiree! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This post brought some sunshine to my life when you shared it at my link party! I’ve featured this beautiful project at The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

    Thank you so much for sharing :)

    Michelle xx

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  16. Could you tell me the size lanterns you used, the colors, and where you purchased them? I love this idea and would like to use it for my daughter’s June birthday. Thanks!

    • Marigold Mom on said:

      Hi Jill, I used 9 1/2 in lanterns from Party City. I would imagine that your local party store will carry them. Hope your daughter’s party goes well! =)

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