These hand painted ladybugs and bumblebees are the perfect craft to make with little kids. Acrylic craft paint, brushes and halved walnut shells are all you need to make them. You can make several in just one afternoon! A group of children between 5 and 8 years old made the ones shown in my photographs.
You will need to break the walnut shells in half. Clean all the pulp from the inside of the walnut with a slotted spoon. When you tear them, try to tear them lengthwise with even edges to half-even so they lie flat. An adult should do all the cracking and cleaning of the nuts.
Each shell must be base coated with 1-2 layers of paint. In this case… we used orange, yellow and red as the base layer. Once dry, you’ll want to start adding the details with black acrylic craft paint. Start with the black head first. Then paint stripes for the bumblebee and polka dots for the ladybugs. Allow to dry until the paint is no longer tacky.
Dip the end of the brush in white paint and dot the eyes. Allow to dry. Dip the end of a toothpick or the smaller diameter end of a brush into black and add the inner eye. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours or until the paint is no longer tacky.
Optional: We removed our painted walnut shells on the outside and sprayed them with a light coat of clear acrylic spray sealer with a gloss finish. This will help protect the painted surface and help preserve the walnut shell for years to come.
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