Monday, October 10, 2011

Ladybug Invitations & Banner

I lied yesterday when I said the royal icing ladybugs were the first thing I had done for The Girl's party.  I made a banner and the invitations as well.  I got the invite idea on Pinterest.  Click here to see the original.  There was no tutorial, so I just went off the picture. 

Here's a list of the things I used:

Black, Red and White Paper - I got a 50-pack of each color at Joann's on sale for $1.88 each
Compass - had it
Scissors - had 'em
Glue - had it
Mini Black Brads- $2.99 at Joann's
Printer - had it
Cricut Cutter - had it

For the black body, I used a compass to draw a circle that would fit inside of the envelopes I wanted to use.  Then I hand drew the head onto the circle and cut it out.

For the wings, I used the compass again to draw circles the same size as the body.  I cut them out with scissors and then cut the circles in half.

I used the Cricut Cutter to make the black circles for the wings and glued them on.

I attached the wings to the body with the brads.

I printed the wording, drew around it with the compass again, cut the circle out, and glued it to the body. 


Here's the invitations:

I knew I wanted to make some sort of banner, but I hadn't committed to anything yet.  I was at the Dollar Store and found a package of die-cut paper red balloons.  I figured if I cut the tied part of the balloon off, they would look close enough to a ladybug shape. 

Here's what they look like straight outta the package:

Here's a list of everything I used:

Die-cut Paper Balloons - $1
Black Paper - see above
Glue - had it
Sharpie - had it
Exacto-Knife - had it
White Ribbon - had it
Glue - had it
Cricut Cutter - had it
Flower Punch - had it
Hole Punch - had it

After cutting the tips of the paper balloons off, I drew on a head and a line down the back with a Sharpie.  I used my Cricut cut circles for the spots and glued them on.  I cut a slit on either side of the wings for threading the ribbon through.

I cut black flowers with my flower punch and red dots with a regular hole punch out of the leftover balloon shapes.  I glued the red dot to the center of the flowers and glued the flowers to the ribbon in between the ladybugs.


Here's the banner:


  1. Those are so adorable, I love ladybugs!

  2. As I have stated before, you are the crafting goddess!So super cute and cleaver. And if Ms. Emma's B-day is really on the 23rd, I share it with her :) Hope she has a wonderful 4th birthday!

  3. Ahhh...those are too cute! I just looked at your "Em's birthday" board on Pinterest and saw those Barbie doll cakes. You'd better hide those pics from her, lol.

    P.S. Have you seen these chrysanthemum cupcakes?

  4. Those are fantastic! Too bad no one wanted anything to do with ladybugs in my house!

  5. I love the banner& the invitations! They are so cute and crafty!

  6. Wonderful, Mindy! What ingenuity you have. I'm always so impressed with your ideas. You've got another winner here!

  7. So stinkin cute! I love love love the invites!

  8. These are adorable. Found them on Pinterest. I will be featuring them in a ladybug party idea post today. Come check it out on The Mandatory Mooch. Thanks, Nichi

  9. thank you thank you thank you! just what i was looking for!

    1. Haha, thank you!!! Glad you stumbled on over. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.


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