Good old ‘love’ day is just around the corner so I thought I’d share a quick post about the love bugs we created. My boys and I created these fluffy little critters this weekend and they loved it. I’ve being trying to capture my 2-year-old saying ‘love bug’ because it might be the CUTEST thing I’ve ever heard.
Late last week I heard my son’s preschool was discouraging store bought love day cards and encouraging hand-made things instead! Usually not a problem as this is totally my jam but this year, funny enough, we were given store bought cards and already had them ready to go for Tuesday. So, after a tail spin and a Pinterest search I was inspired me to make these cuties. They were quick and easy and the kids can’t wait to give them to their friends. If you need a last minute valentine’s activity with your kids…this is it!
What You’ll Need:
A quick trip to the dollar store or online to amazon and you’ll have all you need for this project.
- sparkly foam or card stock
- pom-poms of various love day colours
- pipe cleaners
- plastic jiggly eyes
- craft glue
- container for the glue and small popsicle sticks (I love using silicone muffin cups for easy clean up!)
How-To Make Love Bugs!
Cut out the heart shaped “feet” for the base of your love bugs. I made a quick 2″ heart-shaped stencil and traced the shape on the foam before cutting. They don’t need to be perfect as the pom-poms cover most of them.
Cut the pipe cleaner into 2-3″ pieces. These will be the antennas.
Prep all the pieces for you and your kids. Silicone muffin cups and muffin tins work great! Set-up a small bowl with glue as your kids will dip the pom-poms in it.**
Create the cuties! Start by dipping the larger pom-poms into the glue and to stick to the hearts. You may want to do this in stages; letting each layer dry a bit before building on it. The glue we used dried fairly quickly so we didn’t have to wait that long.
Eyes & Antennas: Your kids may need a bit of help with this part.
The eyes are small and a bit hard to handle but stick easily with a small amount of glue.
The pipe cleaners will stick into the pom-poms with a little twisting and turning. I did put a small amount of glue on the ends before poking them in.
Happy Crafting 💞
**I recently discovered the magic of using silicone muffin cups for glue and paint. The clean up is a cinch. Let the glue or paint dry in the cup and then it just pops out. No messy clean up!