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Use a Sponge Ball to Make a Ladybug Mosaic

Do you like ladybugs? I do. So when Melissa from Sincerely Saturday invited me to take part in THE GREAT LADYBUG CHALLENGE, I was really excited to see what we could come up with. And then life got busy. You know how it goes, right!? Fast forward a few months and I finally got my act together and managed to turn a sponge ball to into this ladybug mosaic 😉

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home :-) How to use a sponge ball to make a 3D ladybug mosaic. Beautifully detailed tutorial. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird

Is it a ladybug or a ladybird?

Here in South Africa, we call ladybugs “ladybirds”, coz technically they’re not actually bugs. They’re beetles. Bugs suck and beetles chew 😉 Beetles have four wings. Two hard, leathery ones on the outside that protect the two soft ones inside when they’re not flying. Bugs are normally vegans, while beetles like adding a little meat to their diet. Especially aphids and other plant damaging insects, which means they’re really good to have around.

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Have you ever wondered why they’re called ladybugs ladybirds? Legend has it that in the Middle Ages, swarms of aphids were destroying crops in Europe.  Farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary begging for help. And she obliged by sending a whole bunch of ladybirds, who promptly organized an aphid feast and saved the day. The happy farmers named the beetles “Our Lady’s bird” a name which stuck.

Did you know: ladybird larvae look like tiny black alligators Click to Tweet

Anyhows, enough of my yapping. You didn’t come for a lesson in Entomology 😀 Let’s get back to THE GREAT LADYBUG CHALLENGE. It was originally inspired by Our Little Red House and the rules are simple…..

The Great Ladybug Challenge Rules #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

What you need:

  • A sponge ball
  • Red and black tiles or tesserae
  • Wood glue and water
  • Sandpaper
  • E6000 glue
  • Black grout (my personal favorite)
  • Black jewelry wire (12 Gauge and 18 gauge)
  • Tile cutters or nippers

What you need to make a ladybug (ladybird) mosaic #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Right, before we get to the ladybug mosaic tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

How to use a sponge ball to make a ladybug mosaic

I know it sounds a little weird but a sponge ball is a great base for making a 3D ladybug mosaic. The balls are cheap, easy to work work with and they’re firm enough to support the mosaics too. For the ladybug, you’ll only need half a ball, so you can make two for the price of one 😉

Use a sharp knife to slice the rubber ball in half #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Mix up some water and wood glue and drench the spongey inside of the ball to harden it up a little. The sponge ball I used had a smooth shiny exterior, so I roughened it up with 100 grit sandpaper before using a permanent marker to indicate where to add the tiles.

No-one will ever know there's a face hiding under that ladybug mosaic :D #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Cut a whole bunch of red and black tiles in random shapes using tile cutters.

Cut random shapes #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

And glue the tiles on using E6000.

Glue the cut tiles down #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Don’t worry about the ladybug spots for now. We’ll add them later 😉

She's starting to look like a ladybird (Ladybug) already #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Wait for the glue to dry completely before mixing up some grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I always use black grout in my mosaics. It makes the colors pop so beautifully.

Apply the grout #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Give the grout a few minutes to harden a little and wipe away the excess with a damp cloth or sponge. You can find more grouting tips here.

Wipe the grout off with a damp rag or cloth #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Don’t you just love how vibrant that red looks against the black grout? Right, let’s add some spots.

Making the ladybug spots

Cutting tiles into round little shapes is almost impossible. If your sponge ball is large enough you can use glass beads to make the spots. My ball was quite small so I chose to make spots with 18 gauge jewelry wire. Make a small loop in your jewelry wire, about 1 cm (1/2″) in from the end, and then twist the wire around the loop to form a spiral.

To make the ladybird spots use some jewelry wire. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Use a sharp yarn sewing needle to make a hole in the cured grout and insert the jewelry wire spots.

Use a sewing needle to make a hole for the jewelry wire spots #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

Make two small antennae using the 12 gauge jewelry wire and insert them in the same way.

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And that’s it, your sponge ball ladybug mosaic is all done.

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home :-) How to use a rubber ball to make a 3D ladybug mosaic. Beautifully detailed tutorial. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

If you’re not keen on using a sponge ball for your ladybug mosaic, you can use this easy tutorial to make a mold and fill it with concrete instead.

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home :-) How to use a rubber ball to make a 3D ladybug mosaic. Beautifully detailed tutorial. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird #LadyBugCrafts #LadyBirdCrafts

If you like the idea of using a rubber ball as a mold for a ladybug mosaic, don’t forget to save it for later.

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home :-) How to use a sponge ball to make a 3D ladybug mosaic. Beautifully detailed tutorial. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird

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Ladybird, ladybird fly away home :-) How to use a sponge ball to make a 3D ladybug mosaic. Beautifully detailed tutorial. #LadyBugcrafts #LadyBugIdeas #LadyBugDIY #ACraftyMix #Ladybugmosaic #LadyBird

Now there’s only one thing left to do, invite a few of my fellow bloggers to take part in THE GREAT LADYBIRD CHALLENGE. So here goes. I would love to see what these creative bloggers do:

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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY

Sale Aurora - Mini Flopsie - 8' Ladybug-Ladybird
Burton and Burton SS-BNB-9720221 Lady Of The House Wine Glass Decor, 9 1/2&Quoth with 2 3/4" Opening, Multicolor
Crystaluxe Ladybug Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Crystals in Sterling Silver

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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Comments

  • Posted: March 20, 2020 06:17

    Sophia

    Cute, does the ball hold up outside?
    • Posted: March 20, 2020 06:31

      acraftymix

      It has so far, but the ladybird is in a protected spot on so I'm not 100% sure what would happen if she stood in a puddle of water for a long time
  • Posted: March 3, 2020 23:13

    Kim

    A sponge ball!! You are so creative and the outcome is outstanding. You know you had me at the red!! ;)
  • Posted: March 2, 2020 15:28

    Lynn Spencer

    Oh my heavens...we have a family love affair with ladybugs! This is amazing.
    • Posted: March 2, 2020 15:35

      acraftymix

      Aren't they just the best? My Mom always told us that when they land on you, it's fairy blessing and I've loved them ever since
  • Posted: March 2, 2020 15:11

    Maria Brittis

    You are a true artist my friend. Beautiful
    • Posted: March 2, 2020 15:34

      acraftymix

      😊 awwwwe Maria, thank you
  • Posted: March 2, 2020 12:43

    Deana Landers

    Michelle, absolutely adorable. This will be a fun project for my grandkids this Spring when they visit.
    • Posted: March 2, 2020 12:53

      acraftymix

      Oooooo yes, I'm sure your grandbabies will love making some of these. Depending on their age, you may want to help them cut the tiles 😉
  • Posted: March 2, 2020 12:27

    Pam @ House Of Hawthornes

    OK, that is just too cute! Very creative!

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