For our recent lady beetle party I made a special little lady beetle for each child to take home in their lolly box. She came with her own leaf so she would have enough food for her trip back in the car to her new home.
I found this cute Martha Stewart paper punch on ebay and used it to cut out some lady beetles with red card stock.
Using some red icing I had for the cake I rolled small pieces into balls and then modelled them into a lady beetle shape using my hands and fingers. I used a small amount of black icing for the head and moulded it into shape and attached them together with a bit of water on a small brush. White sugar pearls were used for the eyes and then I coloured a black spot on them with an edible marker.
The same black edible marker was used to draw the spots and line on the lady beetle for the wings.
I bought some spearmint leaves and made a little cutout on each leaf with a flower cookie cutter so that it looked like the lady beetle had started to eat the leaf. My daughters kindly helped me by eating the excess pieces of the leaves!
After removing all the matches I made new black covers for the matchboxes out of cardboard and then stuck the red paper punch lady beetles on top with a bit of double sided sticky tape.
They looked very cute and it was so sweet to see the kids faces when I explained to some that they had their very own lady beetle to take home and that they must look after her. ………Or eat her as she was totally edible.