Crazy Hat Day: Paper Ladybird Bug Hat

Little E’s nursery school occasionally has dress-up days where kids come to class wearing something that they have created themselves at home. This year, the school has decided to have a Crazy Hat Day, so we decided to make a Ladybird Bug Hat from paper!

Here’s how we made it:


  1. Red construction paper (we used an A3 and an A4 sheet of paper)
  2. Black construction paper (we didn’t have any at home so Little E painted an A3 sheet of art block instead)
  3. White paper
  4. Ruler
  5. Pencil
  6. Scissors
  7. Sticky tape and/or glue (we used a combination of red washi tape and PVC glue)
  8. (Optional) Clothes pegs
  9. (Optional) Black pipe cleaners



1. Using a ruler and pencil mark draw a line lengthwise across the bottom of the red construction paper(s) about 1.5-2 inches wide. This will form the hatband that goes around the head, so if it is not long enough, you can add more sheets of paper as necessary and just sticky tape them together.

2. Using the ruler and pencil, mark out strips breadthwise about 1.5-2 inches wide across the whole sheet of paper.

3. Using scissors, cut along the strips, stopping at the lengthwise lines at the bottom. I let Little E cut these herself as it doesn’t really matter if the strips are a little bit crooked or jagged.

4. Tape the red construction paper together at the ends to form the hatband and adjust it to fit your child’s head.

ladybird-paper-hat-how5. Pull the strips of red construction paper across to the other side of the hatband and fix the ends to the hatband with tape or glue (we used red washi tape for this). The strips should overlap each other and it doesn’t really matter if the strips are fixed to the inside or outside edge of the hatband. Once you are done, you should end up with a dome-shaped hat.

6. From the black construction paper, cut out a large semi-circle, some small round circles (as the spots on the ladybird – we decided to make six round circles but you can have as many or as few as you want) and six thick rectangular strips about 1-1.5 inches in width and at least 5 inches long.

7. From white paper, cut out 2 small shapes – these will form the eyes of the ladybird bug so you can make them any shape you fancy. We decided to go with semi-circles.


8. If you have black pipe cleaners you can use them as the feelers (and legs, if you wish) of the ladybird bug. We didn’t have any on hand, so we cut out two extra-thin strips of black paper, and I curled them using the scissors.

9. Assemble the head and legs of the ladybird bug using tape or glue. For the legs, we looped the six thick strips rectangular paper in half and fixed them with a dab of glue, but double sided sticky tape would do just as well.

10. Fix the head of the ladybird bug to the front of the hat using tape or glue. We used PVC glue for this and held it together with clothes pegs until the glue dried.

11. Glue or tape the black spots onto the top of the ladybird bug in any pattern you wish.

ladybird-bug-paper-hat-crazy12. Finally, make the legs of the ladybird bug by folding a crease about half an inch thick at the flat end of the loops.

13. Using a glue or tape, fix the legs of the ladybird bug to the inside of the hatband, three on each side. We used glue and clothes pegs to hold the legs in place until the glue dried.

Little E is ready for Crazy Hat Day

Little E is ready for Crazy Hat Day

It turned out a lot better than I expected, considering that the actual construction of the hat was done entirely by 4 year old Little E!

You can probably modify this hat to form different little bugs – for example, yellow and black paper to make a bumblebee!


3 thoughts on “Crazy Hat Day: Paper Ladybird Bug Hat

  1. Oh this is really cute!! I will try this out one day. Hmm… Maybe we can have a Crazy Hat Day for the family and each member wears our hand-made hat for the whole day. That’ll be fun for the kids!

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