Love Bugs #Valentine’s Day #Craft

After making our Valentine’s Day Sun-Catchers I was hoping to come up with something else cute that the kids might give as a little Valentine’s gift.

Then I caught sight of their little pet rocks on the kitchen counter (where they live)…  I started picturing little “love bugs” with craft foam wings added to the put rock design.  When I started gathering google eyes and craft foam squares, I came across a few big pom-poms, and then my vision of love bugs became a lot cuddlier…

Before gathering the kids in for craft time, I cut out hearts from craft foam to use for “feet” for our love bugs.  Since I only had 4 large pom-poms, I not only cut out heart feet sized for the big pom-poms, but I also cut several more sized for smaller pom-poms.  I figured we could make “love bug babies,” too!  I also cut out tear-drop shaped wings and heart-shaped wings.  Several pipe cleaners were cut in lengths for antennae and possible arms.  Finally, I gathered google eyes and tiny pom-poms for noses and spread out all our craft materials on a cookie tray for easy access. making love bugs

When I announced the craft, the preschooler was all set to make love bugs.  The toddler opted to play a while longer.  This turned out to be a good thing – as we had to use the hot glue gun to hold our love bugs together and there’s just one mommy to handle the hot glue gun!  I had Peanut pick out all the pieces for her first bug, and then we headed to the counter where the glue gun was heating up. Valentine's Day craft  She verified each piece’s location before I glued it in place.  I have to say it turned out pretty cute for the first one. preschooler Valentine's Day craft

After 30 minutes or so my little guy got curious enough to wander over and chose a few pieces to make his own love bug.  (Black, of course, very Valentine’s Day-ish…)

We made 5 total that day – with the promise we’d make more later this week.  And don’t you just love the little caterpillar one our preschooler made for her daddy – I never would have thought of it myself! heart craft

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  1. They turned out soooo cute!!! Great job..

    ~MiaB

    1. Thanks – they’re on our “to do” list for today,too!

  2. Adorable! I don’t own a glue gun and now I think my kids are deprived. Sigh.
    Jen {at} take2mommy recently posted..When your kid takes over the camera

    1. I’m thinking pom-poms can be glued with craft glue,too, but I don’t have any on hand right now.

  3. Your love bugs are gorgeous. I love your sub-heading. I am out-numbered too and don’t I feel it some days!! Lovely to find your blog.
    Ali @ At home with Ali recently posted..Photography for kids

    1. As mothers we are all out-numbered at some point – so many “jobs” we filll for so many people each day. Thanks for stopping by; headed your way now!

  4. I used to love these when I was little and my girls love them too. So much fun to make and even cuter as a special Valentine!
    Kristen recently posted..A Game of Pass It On…

    1. Yes, I do remember little pom-pom looking things with sticky feet when I was younger. They kind of inspired me on this. :)

  5. “LOVE”…. Pun intended!!!!
    Karen Dawkins recently posted..I believe in miracles!

  6. Thanks for linking this post up in Mommy Solutions! I love it and featuring you on my Facebook page! Great job. ttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-Co/188484568601

    1. Thank you so much for featuring me!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up to Mommy Solutions last week! Your post was the #5 most clicked item linked up! Congrats and thank you so much for sharing with me and my blog readers.

    Stop over and share something else. This was a great project! I gave you a pin on pinterest, too!

    Crystal http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/02/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-31/

    1. Wow! Thank you for letting me know – my kids had fun doing it, and I just thought it was an easy little craft to do with little ones.

      Thanks, also, for posting it on Pinterest!

  8. Oh my word! How adorable are these!?!?!!? Thanks for linking these up to our Sweets For My Sweetie link-up! Just too cute!!
    Julie Moore recently posted..Sweets For My Sweetie: Easy Mint Patties (Soy, Fish, Wheat, Nut and Egg-Free, Can Be Milk-Free)

    1. Thank you! We still have the ones we made last year…They were definitely favorites!

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  10. How did you get the pipe cleaners to stay? I couldn’t figure out how to get mine into the pom.

    1. Hot glue. I put a generous dab of hot glue onto the pom and then pushed the pipe cleaner into it.

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