I’m Kate and I blog over at The Craft Train, where we share crafty ideas for kids and parents. We are thrilled to be taking part in Red Ted Art’s ‘31 Days of Love‘ series once again.
Do browse the rest of the series for Valentine’s Day Cards, Valentine’s Day Decorations, Valentine’s Day Treats or Valentine’s Day Gifts… LOTS of ideas to inspire you.. and now to these adorable TP Roll Love bugs! Too cute!
Kids love hearts, glitter, flowers and being creative so it is understandable that they are attracted to making Valentines Day crafts. They don’t really get the concept of ‘true love’ at this age, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t join in the fun and make some cool stuff. These Love Bugs are very simple to put together and the sky is the limit to how they can be designed and decorated. My five and six year old girls had a blast making these.
You will need a few basic supplies to form the base of these bugs, but when you get to the decorating part you can use whatever you fancy (or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard).
For your TP Roll Love Bugs, you will need:
– Toilet rolls or paper towel rolls cut to size.
– Googly eyes
– Pipe cleaners
– Construction paper
– Tacky craft glue
– Marker pens
– Pom poms
– Glitter or glitter glue pens
– Washi tape
How to make TP Roll Love Bugs for Valentine’s Day:
Paint some toilet rolls and allow them to dry. You can cut them down to a shorter length to get some smaller bugs if you like. We happened to have some ready-painted rolls stashed away in the craft box so we could get straight to the decorating.
First, an adult needs to poke six holes with a kitchen skewer for the pipe cleaner legs to go through – that’s three down each side. Simply poke the skewer in one side and out the other three times.
Cut two pipe cleaners in half to get four pieces. Use three of the pieces to thread through the holes to make six legs, then attach a small bead to each end of the pipe cleaners to create hands and feet. You are now ready to add the details. You can also add some washi-tape stripes or decorate the body with stickers, markers, glitter glue etc.
To create the wings and antennae fold your piece of construction paper in half and draw a medium-sized heart for the wing shape and a small heart with a stem coming from the bottom for the antennae. Cut these out while the paper is folded in half so that you get two of each shape. Use tacky craft glue to attach the googly eyes and heart shapes last of all and leave to dry.
Aren’t these little love bugs cute? Such a fun little TP Roll craft for Valentine’s Day!
We made lots of them. As TP Rolls are so ready available, how could we resist to make more and more of these for Valentine’s Day!
For loads more adorable Valentine-themed ideas why not visit our Be My Valentine board on Pinterest?
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or browse the 31 Days of Love posts here! Be warned, there are A LOT!!