How to Make a Baby Ladybug Halloween Costume!

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For my daughter’s first halloween, I knew I wanted to make hand make her costume! Nothing against store bought costumes, but I was just itching to do something creative! I originally wanted her to be a baby bumble bee after I saw this No Sew Bee Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts, However, when I went to the craft store, there was no bright yellow tulle to be seen. I saw bright red tulle and was sold on the idea of a little ladybug! I started right away on making Little M’s ladybug halloween costume!

How to make a homemade baby ladybug halloween costume for your little girl, complete with a ladybug painted pumpkin, red antennae headband, matching handmade mommy and me infinity scarves, and little ladybug wings |

With less than a week until Halloween, you can still make this easy costume if you want to! I paced myself by doing one piece of the costume each day until it was finished. Here’s what you’ll need to create this adorable baby halloween costume:

  1. Basic Black Clothes and Red Socks – Any plain black shirt and black leggings will do (Tip: Wal-Mart carries Garanimals brand clothing for babies and toddlers with mix and match separates – you can get exactly what you need at a great price – under $4 a piece!) I also picked up fuzzy red socks from Carter’s.
  2. Ladybug Wings – I was going to get red felt and then cut out black circles and glue them on, but I got lucky and found red felt that already had black dots on it the craft store. Score! I bought two pieces of felt, used a bowl from the kitchen to cut them into half-circles and then glued them together at the top with Tacky Glue. Once it was dry I used red thread and hand stitched the wings to the top of the black shirt.
  3. Tutu – I got black elastic, black tulle, and red tulle.  I followed the general idea from Sugar Bee Crafts of just hand-tying the tulle to the elastic band.  I did NOT use glitter tulle as I thought that was not a good idea for a 9-month old. I used regular matte tulle and bought one roll in each color (I used the 3-inch wide kind).
  4. Antennae Headband – Using leftover elastic that I had from the tutu waist band, I tied it in a little knot in the back to make a headband. I then took little red pom poms and stitched them on to the top with red thread.
  5. Mommy & Me Matching Red Infinity Scarves – I used to crochet a long time ago, but haven’t done it in years. I watched this Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial on YouTube by Melanie Ham, and it came right back to me!! Her tutorial was just what I needed to get back in the swing of things and learn how to do an infinity scarf, which I had never done before. I made our scarves much smaller but the general pattern was the same with a half double crochet stitch. I wore a black shirt with my scarf to match my little one!
  6. A Pumpkin with Red & Black Acrylic Paint – We spent one night painting our pumpkin red with acrylic paint.  The next day, we painted the top black and added black polka dots with a round sponge brush.

Hand Painted Ladybug Pumpkin for Halloween with red and black acrylic paint. The perfect compliment to your little girl's costume or to your home decor. |

We were happy to get our little girl all dressed up for a party this past weekend. And we are even more excited to get two uses out of her costume this coming weekend for Halloween!


xoxo, Food Marriage


  1. You are really creative – that’s a super cute outfit!

  2. Oh wow she looks amazing, what a fantastic first Halloween idea and so cool you made it all yourself! x

  3. That is just the sweetest costume idea, I love it! You’re so smart to pace yourself, I procrastinate sometimes and it makes the whole process a nightmare!

  4. turned out super cute!!

  5. What an adorable costume. I love the pumpkin too!

  6. What a darling costume! My little one is going to be R2D2 this year!

  7. This is adorable! I also love the little ladybug pumpkin! It’s so creative.

  8. Oh my gosh! Your daughter and the pumpkin are adorable!

  9. I love that you made the costume yourself I think it looks wonderful!

  10. That’s such a cute idea. I love that the pumpkin matches :)

  11. This is so cute!!

  12. She looks so sweet! This is a gorgeous costume, so creative.

  13. I wish I had been blogging during my son’s first Halloween and then I would actually have pictures. I was so terrible about pics back then and now he won’t cooperate with pics!

    • I’m trying to take as many pictures as I can! My plan is to make a “Family Yearbook” every year as a photo album, if I can actually make the time to get that done, it would be awesome!

  14. I remember one year I did a similar costume for myself–I had red and black felt already so made the wings and tacked them to the shoulders and sleeves of a black cardigan. It was great to wear for work that Halloween because everything else was just regular clothes. But I forgot that I was dressed up and it took me a minute to remember why people were looking at me funny when I met friends for lunch that day!

  15. This costume is super cute. I love the matching pumpkin. Impressive you made it yourself, nice work!

  16. I love this ladybug costume! And the pumpkin! So sweet :)

  17. This is really cute. I’ve never tried making costumes on my own. I would love to try this for the twins.

  18. This is an adorable costume and I love your instructions! very easy to follow.

  19. Ok, this is pretty much the cutest thing!!!

  20. What an ADORABLE costume!!! I’m going to share this with my friend she wanted to dress up her baby girl as a ladybug :)

  21. She looks adorable, how creative of you
    Thanks for sharing with us:)

  22. What an adorable costume! I just love that it’s a DIY!

  23. LOVE the matching pumpkin and costume! such a creative and fun idea!! xo

  24. What an adorable costume. And, you daughter looks so precious. Very creative.

  25. That outfit is so adorable! I love that little ladybug pumpkin too. What a great idea.

  26. That lil’ ladybug costume is too cute! It really came out nicely, and the ladybug pumpkin is such a special touch too.