Every gardener knows the superstition that seeing a ladybug will bring good luck. It is hardly surprising that these beautiful creatures are so welcome in the landscape: one ladybug will eat thousands of bugs that harm vegetables and flowers. Their stylish coats- bright red wings with distinctive black dots- charm both young and old alike. You don’t have to rely on Mother Nature to supply you with a ladybug encounter. Why not make a whimsical ladybug planter to bring good luck into your garden? Try your hand at this Pinterest inspired Ladybug Planter and show off your playful spirit!
Two old tires, one smaller than the other*
Plastic salad bowl for the head
Fire engine red spray paint
Black spray paint
Two yellow fly swatters or other color painted yellow or gold
Two 3-inch screws
Five small screws
Piece of wood, about 12” long
Paint for the face, brushes
*You can get old tires for free from a tire store.
Let’s get started.
First, make the body:
Wash each tire well and let dry. Spray paint both tires fire engine red. You do not have to spray the bottoms of the tires. When the red paint has dried, use black paint to paint dots or hearts in a ladybug pattern on both tires. Be creative! Let it dry.
Now, the head:
Cut off ¼ of the salad bowl so that ¾ of it remains. Spray paint the larger piece black and let it dry. That was easy!
She’ll need to hear, won’t she? Make the antennae:
Find the placement of the antennae on the large tire. Test the location by holding the antennae and salad bowl head in place. When you are satisfied with the location, mark the place where the antennae will be attached on the larger tire.
Drill holes through the tire where you marked.
Place the wood piece on the inside of the tire behind the holes. Mark the spots where the holes on the tire line up. Then, place the wood flat on the work space again and drill holes for the screws into the wood piece where marked. Sandwich the handle of each fly swatter between two washers. Place the wood on the inside of the tire again and align the holes.
Using a 3-inch screw, mount each fly-swatter antennae through the holes in the bottom tire and into the piece of wood.
You’re getting there!
Attach the head with the cut side down to the tire using five smaller screws even placed along the edge of the bowl. Spray paint the smaller screws along the head black so they don’t show.
Give your creation some personality:
Paint sparkly eyes and a welcoming smile on the face of your ladybug. Isn’t she pretty?
Barbara’s daughter, Michelle, putting on the finishing touches.
Brighten your garden:
Place your ladybug in the garden where she’ll bring cheer and scare away pests. Stack the smaller tire on top. Fill with planting mix and your favorite flowers. You can also insert a planter, or fill the inside of the tires with other material to reduce the amount planting mix needed.
Now, relax and enjoy your ladybug and all of the delight and good luck she brings.
Barbara Lee has worked part time at LA’s famous bowling alley, PINZ, for many years. She enjoys adventure and travel and loves helping people, especially our precious senior citizens and kids. She loves to create things that are easy to do and likes adding her own special touches to make them her own. Barbara has two adult children and a husband of 37 years!