An origami ladybug may not fly or walk like a real ladybug, but it’s sure just as cute!. Below are instructions to make an easy paper ladybug. You will need red paper, a pair of scissors, and a black marker. Obviously, this not “pure” origami since we will be using scissors and markers.
It should be noted that the part of the ladybug which is red-with-black-spots is the outer, protective shell. This shiny, hard layer is often in the “closed” position when the ladybug is not flying. The real wings are hidden underneath
Instructions for Easy Origami Ladybug
Start with a square sheet of paper that is red on both sides. Cut along the diagonal so it becomes a triangle.
You can also make the ladybug with a square sheet of paper (just fold it into a triangle) but if you cut the square into two triangles, then you can make two ladybugs. That’s friendly!
Fold the paper in half and unfold.
Fold up the bottom-corners so the tips meet at the peak of the triangle.
Fold-down the two flaps but fold it at a slight angle so the tips are slightly apart from one another.
This is the outer shell so don’t put them too far apart.
Fold down the back-layer of paper. Don’t fold exactly in half; instead, leave a small gap.
Make the back-layer more narrow by folding it into quarters. Refold the crease made in step 5.
Fold back (mountain fold) a good portion of the left and right sides of the model. Adjust the paper until the shape is of that of a ladybug. Note that ladybugs tend to be more oval shaped.
Fold back (mountain fold) the left and right sides of the ladybug so it is less angular. Fold wingtips under.
Make the model 3D by bending back (mountain fold) the bottom layer of the ladybug. Leave the wings where they are but fold down the body. Use a marker to color the ladybug’s head black and add some spots on its wings. Isn’t it beautiful?