DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug

What could be cuter than a little ladybug at Halloween?  A little ladybug costume that you made yourself!

What You’ll Need:

This DIY costume takes 1-2 hours to make, depending on how you do it. You’ll need the following:

  • Black pants
  • A red long-sleeved shirt or onesie
  • Black felt, fabric, or duct tape, plus scissors and a pencil or pen
  • Black thread and a needle (not needed if you use adhesive felt or duct tape)
  • A small glass or cup or a compass, plus a piece of cardboard to make a circle pattern, are also helpful


All you need to make this ladybug costume is a pair of black pants, a red top, some black felt/fabric, and a circle pattern. Make 18-24 circles and baste them on the shirt, and you’re done! A black pipe-cleaner (for antennae) attached to a headband (or a red or black hat) is a nice finishing touch.

How to make your Cute Little Ladybug Costume

  1. The most time-consuming part of this costume is first tracing, and then cutting out, all the circles. Depending on the size of your ladybug, you’ll probably want around 18-24 black spots altogether.
  2. Once you’ve got all your circles cut, just baste them onto the shirt loosely with large black stitches, so they’ll be easy to remove later. I made felt circles when I dressed nine-month-old Kimmie in this costume, and then reused the spots with a larger shirt a few years later for eighteen-month-old Essie.

If you want to save time and don’t care about reusing the spots, you can also buy black felt with adhesive already on the back, or pre-cut black felt circles. (For reference, the ones I made for our costumes were closer to 2 inches across).

Final notes:

  1. If you’re a stickler for details, you’ll want to sew them on in a symmetrical pattern, since this is how ladybugs look in nature, as my scientifically-minded husband pointed out to me AFTER I’d sewn them all over Kimmie’s red onesie.  (I did an internet search for images of ladybugs, and sure enough, they all had symmetrical spots; who knew? You learn something new every day.)  When I redid the costume a couple of years later, I made sure to put the spots on Essie’s shirt in a Daddy- and nature-approved pattern.
  2. A red or black hat is optional; if you use one, you can pin a black pipe-cleaner on top (or poke it through the holes, if your hat is crocheted or knitted) to serve as antennae.
  3. Or, if your kiddo will stand for it, you could put antennae on a headband(my girls always preferred hats to headbands).
  4. This costume is very easy to make for adults, too, so you can match your little one for trick-or-treating, if you like.


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33 thoughts on “DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug”

  1. I’m a fan of wearing, and I like different types of clothings. I loved all the items here presented. They looked very pretty to me. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

    1. See?!? Who would think?!? I remember the ladies at the (women’s only) gym I went to at the time thinking that DH was such a killjoy for pointing out that the spots weren’t symmetrical (but were supposed to be) LOL!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, Becca – so glad you liked it! (Maybe your sons could be grouchy ladybugs? – they might get a kick out of that!)

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    1. *Thanks*, Nicole – glad you liked it! Most of the costumes I’ve DIY’d are about as simple as this one – one of the reasons I hound my kids about costumes starting in August is so I’ve got enough time to figure out how to MAKE it simple! 🙂

    1. Thanks, April – so glad you like it! There’s something so cute about infant/toddler ladybugs, isn’t there? 🙂

    1. *Thanks* – glad you liked it! The year I wore this with Essie, I also made an adult bumblebee costume (see separate post for that one) for my mother to wear so she could match Kimmie’s bumblebee. I love it when twin costumes are so easy AND affordable! 🙂

    1. Ooh – that’s a good idea, too! One of the reasons I start pestering my kids about costume ideas in August is so that I can shop for relevant clothing items (here, red shirt and black pants – usually black pants/shirt, but sometimes also white shirt) at our children’s consignment events in Sept.-Oct. That definitely helps to keep the cost down!

    1. ME TOO! Except for my misadventures making a “simple ghost costume” (which you can read about in another post), ALL my DIY costumes have been easy-peasy. (Do check out the others, too, if you liked this one! 🙂 )

    1. Thanks! FWIW, it was all we could do with the head part by the time Essie wore this costume, because as a toddler, her head was too big for the original (red) hat I made for (infant) Kimmie to wear with this outfit. It was only last minute I found this black hat I’d crocheted for a different costume, so yeah, the hat part could well be optional 🙂

  4. This looks like such a sweet and easy diy costume! Your little lady bug is perfect. I also love that you’re thinking of Halloween already- it’s my fave!

    1. My rule around here is, I start pestering them August 1 on what they want to be, and by Sept 1, I am asking them daily. Once I get the same answer 3 days in a row, I start plotting how we can make the costume and/or otherwise acquire it on the cheap! Do check out the rest of my DIY costume series too, if you liked this one! 🙂

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