Get your kids painting with these golf ball ladybirds
04 Nov 2020
With just a few golf balls and some Resene testpots, you can create these adorable ladybirds. This makes for a great kids’ project too – they can use red, black and white paint to make harlequin ladybirds or make their own ladybird characters with a medley of fun colours.
You will need:
- Old golf balls
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer
- Testpots in your choice of ladybird colours – Fleur used Resene Jalapeno, Resene Quarter Dutch White and Resene Black
- Medium, small and thin craft paintbrushes
Step 1 Use medium-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the golf balls. Golf balls are tough little things, so do your best at roughing up the surface to create a key for the sealer to adhere to. If your kids are going to do this project, we recommend an adult complete this step.
Step 2 Prime the golf balls with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer.
Step 3 Once the primer is dry, paint the balls completely with your red base – Fleur used Resene Jalapeno. Do two coats, allowing for the first coat to fully dry before applying the second coat.
Step 4 With your darkest colour (Fleur used Resene Black), paint an oval shape at the front. This will be the ladybird’s face.
Step 5 Use a thin paint brush to paint a line from the top of the face to the back – this will give the impression of ladybird wings. Then, using the end of the paintbrush, make dots on the wings.
Step 6 For the eyes, do a larger dot with white paint (Fleur used Resene Quarter Dutch White). A Q-tip can be a handy way to get a slightly larger dot. Once this is dry, do another dot on top of the white dot with your darkest colour (Fleur used Resene Black).
images and project by Fleur Thorpe