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This blog post was originally published on February 7th, 2018.
Marlowe and I have done a lot of crafts together, but I have to be totally honest and say…that I think this one is by far the CUTEST!!! Who doesn’t love a little fuzzy Lovebug?! Swoon City! I wanted to come up with a craft that Lowie and I could enjoy together, but that used a bunch of craft supplies I already had around…and paper towel rolls…who doesn’t end up with fifty thousand paper towel rolls? The result were these little cute Lovebugs. There are some bigger Lovebugs, and some tiny fuzzball Lovebugs. Lovebugs come in all shapes and sizes! LOL. Today I thought I would share some images and inspo to create your own Lovebug craft for Valentine’s Day!
- Paper towel rolls (cut into thirds), or toilet paper rolls
- Kid-safe acrylic paint
- Different-sized Pom Poms
- Heart stickers/decals
- Googly Eyes
- Glittery craft paper
- Pipe Cleaners
- Hot Glue Gun, plus extra cartridges
To assemble your Lovebugs, begin by painting the paper towel rolls or the toilet paper rolls you’ll be using. I used different shades of pink, and applied two coats. Allow to dry for a couple of hours, or overnight! Next, you can begin to assemble your Lovebugs! I like to do this with a hot glue gun, but you could also use regular glue. Never let a child handle a hot glue gun if they are participating in the craft! For the bigger Lovebugs, I added wings cut from glittery contact paper, antennae cut from glittery contact paper, pompoms, and googly eyes. Pipe cleaners completed the bug legs! For the tiny Lovebugs, I made the body out of a medium pompom, added a heart sticker for the face, another heart sticker for the feet, and then finished them with googly eyes, and pipe cleaner antennae. Use to decorate, or gift them for a sweet Vday gift. I currently have several living on my mantle, in my office, and (weirdly) in my bathroom!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed by now, but even our Lovebugs are getting in on the Motherhood vibes…Marlowe remarked as we were making them that the bigger Lovebugs looked like the Mommies, and the pompom Lovebugs looked like babies. Well, my birth-obsessed three year old didn’t take long before she realized that the baby Lovebugs actually fit INSIDE the Mommy Lovebugs…and then it became a pregnant/birthing Lovebug! LOL. So cute. If there are any Moms (or Moms-to-be) in your life who need a sweet Valentine’s Day gift, this may be just the one!
I happen to be very PINK obsessed for Valentine’s Day every year (it’s my favorite color!) and these little Lovebugs just fit the bill so perfectly. You can adjust the color scheme to anything you want, though! I hope you enjoy making these as much as we did!
The beauty of toilet paper rolls! I loved making crafts with them for the kids I nannied.