Miraculous Ladybug Costume DIY 

This DIY Miraculous Ladybug Costume takes you from screentime to IRL play!  Easy to make and so much fun to play in! This homemade costume will be their new favorite thing! Perfect for dress up at home, Halloween or fancy dress party.

(This post and Ladybug Costume DIY is sponsored by Miraculous Ladybug, a television series featuring two Parisian teenagers, Marinette and Adrien, who transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir to protect the city from supervillains.)

A child in a miraculous ladybug costume

In early November, with no warning at all, Parker woke up not feeling like herself. She normally awakens with a breakfast request on the tip of her tongue but on this particular day she quickly snuggled up on the couch instead. An hour later it was apparent that the stomach bug had found us. I grabbed her iPad from high on the office closet shelf and tucked her back in bed with the show Miraculous Ladybug cued up on Netflix and a fresh water bottle next to her bed.

A little girl wearing a miraculous ladybug costume A child playing dress up

A kids TV show I can get behind!

She eventually dozed off, but when she awoke she couldn’t wait to tell me about this new show. “And then she transforms into a ladybug, mom! And she runs so fast, and also she flies and she helps everyone who needs help,” I was told. I watched along for an episode and also became endeared to Marinette, the miraculous ladybug character who does indeed use her quick wit, resourcefulness and creativity to overcome obstacles and help those in need. (Also, I was very grateful to have a show that we can watch together that doesn’t make me roll my eyes on repeat.)

A girl in a costume sitting on a sofa

To be honest, though, we don’t watch a ton of television around here. We limit it to weekends only, usually while Ever naps and sometimes entire weekends can go by where we unintentionally just leave it off. However, I loved how much she loved this ladybug character and wanted to bring it to life for her.

A girl walking in a miraculous ladybug costume

As so many of us are trying to limit screen time in some way, I really love the idea of taking these very dimensional tv characters and allowing kids to bring them to life with their imaginations through costumes. So many of these characters have been written to encompass many traits that we want our kids to possess—team work, kindness, courage, honesty, and resourcefulness, just to name a few.

Modelling a miraculous ladybug costume

Homemade and fun ladybug costume for kids

When I showed Parker this ladybug costume DIY, she was giddy with excitement, immediately putting it on and not taking it off all day. It went to school, to the park, out to dinner and was removed only when she knew that it would be promptly washed and could be worn again soon.

Keep reading for the full costume tutorial:

Placing dots on the miraculous ladybug costume

What You’ll Need to make the Miraculous Ladybug Costume DIY:

  • red athletic shirt (this one is a rash guard, so it’s stretchy and thick)
  • red tulle skirt
  • 1yard red velvet fabric for cape
  • 1 felt sheet- red
  • 24 black pom poms
  • black fabric paint
  • round sponge paint brush
  • glue gun and glue

Glueing pom poms onto the miraculous ladybug costume

How to make the Miraculous Ladybug Costume DIY:

  1. Line inside of shirt with paper towels or grocery bag and use black paint to sponge spots onto the shirt. Let dry.
  2. While front of shirt dries, use a hot glue gun to glue pom poms onto tulle skirt.
  3. Once front of shirt dries, flip over onto garbage bag or grocery sack.
  4. Trace the shape of the shoulder and neck seams from the back of the shirt onto the velvet cape fabric. Cut outwards from armpit seams on cape fabric, then round the bottom to hang down from shirt at desired length. (Use lighter to melt edges of cape fabric if fraying is an issue.)

cutting fabric5. Use glue gun to glue the edges of the cape onto the seams of the shoulders and back. Paint black dots onto the cape and back of sleeves using sponge brush. Let dry.

Using a glue gun to fasten the cape on the miraculous ladybug costume

Cutting out the mask for the miraculous ladybug costume

6. Cut out an eye mask shape using red felt. Then cut two triangles out of cape material to glue over red string at corners of mask. Use the sponge brush to paint black spots onto the mask. Let dry, then cut out two circles for eyes in the mask.

Making the mask Putting dots on the mask for the miraculous ladybug costume

A child running in the miraculous ladybug costume

Ladybug costume for adults

Parker enjoyed this outfit so much, I’m thinking of making an adult version for me for Halloween so I can join in the fun! It will be exactly the same process, just with a top and skirt in my size!

If you haven’t already checked out the show, Miraculous Ladybug for your kiddos, I highly recommend it!

Photography by Katie Jameson

For more DIY costumes that are perfect for Halloween!

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I would love to hear if you’ve made this costume for your little one – do they have a favorite costume you can’t get them out of?! Be sure to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you!

Miraculous Ladybug Costume DIY

A fun and easy kids costume
Active Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: easy halloween costume ideas, kids halloween costume, laddybug costume for kids
Yield: 1 costume
Author: Jen Pinkston

Equipment

  • glue gun and glue
  • round sponge paint brush

Materials

  • 1 red athletic shirt (this one is a rash guard, so it’s stretchy and thick)
  • 1 red tulle skirt
  • 1 yard red velvet fabric for cape
  • 1 felt sheet- red
  • 24 black pom poms
  • black fabric paint

Instructions

  • Line inside of shirt with paper towels or grocery bag and use black paint to sponge spots onto the shirt. Let dry.
  • While front of shirt dries, use a hot glue gun to glue pom poms onto tulle skirt.
  • Once front of shirt dries, flip over onto garbage bag or grocery sack.
  • Trace the shape of the shoulder and neck seams from the back of the shirt onto the velvet cape fabric. Cut outwards from armpit seams on cape fabric, then round the bottom to hang down from shirt at desired length. (Use lighter to melt edges of cape fabric if fraying is an issue.)
  • Use glue gun to glue the edges of the cape onto the seams of the shoulders and back. Paint black dots onto the cape and back of sleeves using sponge brush. Let dry.
  • Cut out an eye mask shape using red felt. Then cut two triangles out of cape material to glue over red string at corners of mask. Use the sponge brush to paint black spots onto the mask. Let dry, then cut out two circles for eyes in the mask.

  1. This is so cute!! Not going to lie but I watched some of the French episodes when it first came out to practice my French. It was a cute show.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Oh my gosh, Jack loves Miraculous! I’m going to have to show him Parker in this costume!

  3. brittany

    01/22/2019

    This is the cutest! I just watched the show– is it weird that I even enjoyed it?!