hese super fun Paper Towel Roll Love Bugs are easy and can be made from items found around your house! We admit we aren’t always ahead of the game when it comes to holidays and gift giving. Something I am working on and hope to get better at, but for the time being…. finding crafts like this one is extremely helpful and also a special way to get the kids involved!! This year we are giving these Love Bugs to grandparents and daddy’s desk may be a good home for one as well!
For your Paper Towel Roll Love Bugs, you will need:
Paper Towel rolls or you can use toilet paper rolls and ANYTHING ELSE you can find in your craft drawer… but we used:
– Toilet rolls or paper towel rolls cut to size.
– Googly eyes
– Pipe cleaners
– Construction paper
– Tacky craft glue
– Marker pens
Some fun extras that you could use:
– Pom poms
– Glitter or glitter glue pens
– Washi tape
How to make the Paper Towel Roll Love Bugs for Valentine’s Day:
Paint some Paper Towel or Toilet Paper rolls and allow them to dry. You can cut them down to a shorter length to get some smaller bugs if you like.
Then, 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 the cutest bugs you ever did see? The kids and I had a blast getting creative and crafting something special for our loved ones this Valentine’s Day.