Spruce Up Your Spring Garden With Upcycled Ladybug Golf Balls
By Danica Dodson, Arlington Parks & Recreation
Posted on March 23, 2020, March 23, 2020

Talk to any avid gardener and they’ll tell you that ladybugs in your garden are a sign of good luck! If you have some old golf balls sitting around as well as some acrylic paint, this cute and easy craft is a perfect way to add some life to your garden or flowerpot this spring. Here are the materials you’ll need for this project:

  • Golf balls
  • Red, black, and white acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

First, find some golf balls that you don’t mind painting. They don’t have to be perfect, but they should be washed and free of any dirt so the paint will stick to them. If you don’t have any golf balls, you can create the same effect by using rocks instead. 

Grab your red acrylic paint and cover the entire golf ball. You will likely need two or three layers of paint to cover any markings on the ball. (Tip: try painting half of the ball and letting that dry before painting the other half). 

Once the red paint has dried, use your black paint to apply the area for the face and wings. This example uses an oval-shaped face, but you can get creative to make your ladybug truly unique however you please!

Next, flip your brush around and dip the rounded end into your black paint. Use this technique to apply the ladybug’s dots all over the back.

Finally, take your white acrylic paint and add the eyes. These ladybugs have simple faces, but yours can have any features or expression you desire! 

As a final step, if you want to put your ladybugs outside, it is recommended you apply a layer of clear varnish or glaze to protect your critter from water and other elements.

After everything has dried, your ladybug is ready to live in your garden or flowerbed! Accent your flowers and plants with this cute pop of color that is sure to bring some life to your yard or indoor greenery this spring. We hope you enjoy this craft and let your imagination run wild! Happy Spring from all of us at APRD.

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