Valentine’s Day is always a great opportunity for some adorable crafting. We couldn’t wait to share these precious ladybug valentines — they are so sweet and simple to make! All you need is some colorful cardstock and some small gold beads to make these impressively cute Valentine’s Day cards.
Valentines that Make Your Heart Flutter
These ladybug Valentines are a fun craft project for all ages. Get creative with your cardstock colors and simply secure this papercraft project together with some small gold brads. For more ideas, browse all of our Valentine’s Day projects. Along with Valentine’s Day cards, we have party decor, home decor, and more!
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Tools & Materials
- Cutting Machine or Scissors
- 8.5″x11″ White Cardstock
- Various colors of cardstock (your choice!)
- Mini Antique Metal Brads
- Metallic Gold Paper (optional; for hearts on ladybugs)
Using Print then Cut to Make Ladybug Valentines
The downloads below include a PDF version if you are cutting by hand or an SVG file to use with a cutting machine. We cut our ladybug valentines using the print then cut feature on our Cricut. To use this feature, download the .png onto your computer and upload it into Design Space as usual. Select any of the three image types — you won’t need to worry about selecting and erasing any of the images (because it is a .png, the background is already transparent). Continue, then save the upload. You will need to resize the ladybug’s body to match the uploaded .svg wings because Cricut tends to shrink images down. If you want to add a name to the valentines in a specific font, you can use the pen tool.
Cutting Valentines by Hand
If you are cutting by hand, print the PDF version of the valentines onto 8.5″x11″ white cardstock. Trim each piece and write names using a gold or silver marker. Stack the wings and poke a brad through the center to secure everything together. Easy! We cut the hearts onto gold metallic paper for an extra colorful accent, but play around with any color combos you like.
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
These were great! Instead of the print and cut, my daughter and I added own text to the plain bug, using the write/pen feature and then cut. They turned out great!
That’s great, I’m happy to hear it!!
Is there a video of the print then cut option so I can see if I want to invest in something like that? I am new to all this….
I have a video on YouTube from a few years ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zGhMwz6xVQ&t=350s), and Cricut/YouTube has plenty of others 🙂
Can you please provide information for the brads used for this project? Thanks!
We found a pack of mini brads at Michaels, but these are the same size and so cute! http://www.joann.com/doodlebug-1-8in-mini-brads-25pk/xprd1023161.html. These would also work 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/American-Crafts-Elements-0-125-Inch-100-Pack/dp/B00GXF4JXK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1484841984&sr=8-7&keywords=mini+brads
Hello, I just found your website, and I subscribed and thank you so much. I am having so much fun with it. I take arts and crafts to a senior community and this will help me create more projects for them instead of buying,it took me awhile to learn how to work it cause I’m not that computer savvy, but once I figured it out I love it. I also take treats to my grandkids daycares and this is perfect.
Welcome, Mary! We’re so happy to be a resource for your crafting and gift giving 🙂
I have signed in, tried to download both halves of the ladybug print then cut project and then upload it to my Cricut, but I keep getting an error message. Who can help me? This is the same problem I had once before with your subscription and nobody ever got back to me so I cancelled my subscription. Then I decided to try again, but no change.
Is there a technical team that can help me?
Hi Kate, I’m so sorry you’re having trouble! Are you getting the error message on our site, or in Design Space? We don’t work for Cricut, so if the problem is a Design Space or connectivity issue, you’ll want to get in touch with their customer service. I had a lot of trouble with Design Space yesterday (I had to sign in and out and upload my image several times before it finally accepted it), so it could have also just been a weird bug. You can always email us at email@example.com and we’ll help you the very best we can!