If you're looking for fun and cute Valentines Ideas, check out this Love Bug Craft you can make with items from the dollar store or Craft store!
Valentines Ideas – Love Bug Craft
I always end up at Dollar Tree or one of the other dollar stores and notice all the fun — and cheap– craft supplies. And I wish I had somthing in mind to make with it!
This Love Bug Craft for Valentines or Spring is a fun, quick, and frugal project you can keep as a craft idea for kids. Whether you need an idea for a church group, something to fill in time for pre-k or kindergarteners in school, or just something fun for the kids to do on a cold day, this would totally work!
The Love Bug Craft is made with Valentine's Day in mind, but it's definitely not limited to that. You can opt to use any color of paint, so these can be blue, green, yellow, you name it! Just change your paint colors. I know the kids would like to make this one during the spring and set it out in the garden. See the easy directions below!
How to Make:
To make these fun Love Bugs, you will first need to gather supplies. Most of these can be found at the Dollar Stores, Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or even Walmart/Target.
- Popsicle Craft Sticks
- Red Paint
- Pink Paint
- White Paint
- Small paintbrush (any type)
- Pink, Red, and Black Construction Paper
- Chenille Stems (also called Pipe Cleaners)
- Paint Markers- don't skip this one! 🙂
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Regular Elmer's School Glue (optional, but this allows kids to assemble some of the craft themselves)
After you gather supplies, an adult will need to hot glue the popsicle sticks together. Follow instructions below. After glue is cooled, the kids can take over and paint their bug!
Allow paint to dry 15-30 minutes or until no longer tacky.
Then attach eyes, antennae (with Chenille Stem), and add any decorations to the front of the bug.
As you can see our bug has hearts drawn with the paint markers! This is one of the fun parts of this craft, so if your kids are able to use paint markers with supervision, be sure to let them decorate their Valentine's Love Bugs with some fun designs.
The last step is attaching the construction paper wings. The wings might be more difficult for kids to cut out, so you can prepare this for them as well. Cut out two identical heart shapes using your choice of the construction paper colors.
Then, meet them up in the middle of the bug and glue to the back of the popsicle sticks. This step does not need to be done with the hot glue, but if you have many of them, it might be something that speeds up the process. Remember to keep all hot glue and glue gun away from children if this is a class or group project.
Then, your bug should be almost complete! Allow the kids to add any other embellishments they want, and glue with regular Elmer's glue. Be sure to label with each child's name on the back, if this is a group project.
Print Your Valentines Love Bug DIY and Supply List Here!
- Regular size popsicle sticks
- Small popsicle sticks
- Light pink paint
- Dark pink paint pen or marker
- Craft eyes
- Craft pom poms
- Construction paper
- Pipe cleaner
- Hot glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Small Paintbrushes
Evenly line up 7 regular size popsicle sticks
Using hot glue gun, run a line of hot glue the entire length of a small popsicle stick & press it horizontally onto one end of the 7 sticks - repeat this step on the other end as well
Flip the newly made board over and coat with an even layer of light pink paint, let dry
Glue the eyes in place
Use paint pen or marker to draw on hairline, heart shaped nose and mouth
Use paint pen or marker to add hearts to body
For the antennae, cut the pipe cleaner in half and attach from the back of the board - if desired, add craft poms to the end of each
Using the construction paper, cut out 2 heart shaped pieces for the wings and decorate as desired
Attach the wings with glue from the back of the board
Your Love Bug is now complete!
After the popsicle sticks are hot glued together, regular glue sticks or non-toxic school glue may be used for the rest of the assembly. Be sure an adult is present using hot glue gun and any sharp scissors.
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