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Valentines Day crafts for kids

My kids love doing projects.  They would do them all day if I would let them!  The hard part is coming up with things that we can do together that don’t require a lot of money.  I love the holidays because finding Valentines crafts for kids to do is so much easier then just pulling something out of the blue.  These cute little love bugs were a HUGE hit with my girls!  They loved making them.  Let me show you how you can do it too!

Valentines crafts for kids

Supplies:

  • Craft Foam (I got mine at Walmart.  The glitter foam has an adhesive side which made these even easier to make.  I recommend finding a foam with the adhesive.)
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googley Eyes
  • Wire (just go to your jewelry making aisle and get a wire that is thick enough that it can hold it’s shape, but not so thick that you can’t bend it easily.)

Begin by cutting out your foam into a 1.5″ wide strip by however long your piece of foam is.  The longer the foam, the more fun it is!  Cut two strips that are exactly the same size by using the first one you cut as a guide for the second piece.  Next, cut a piece of wire to be almost the entire length of the foam.  You are going to need to roll up one end and don’t want the foam in the way.  (we will get to that in just a minute)  Once your wire is cut, take off the adhesive backing from the glittery foam and stick the wire to it making sure to spread them apart.  Now you are going to take the other piece of foam (the one without the wire on it) and cut a small section off the top.  It would be about a half of an inch is all.  Attach the foam to the adhesive foam making sure that the foam matches up leaving a section of glittery adhesive foam exposed at the top.

Love bug tutorial

I should mention that I had my girls helping me all along the way.  They removed the backing from the adhesive, helped me make sure the wires were in place, helped to seal the foam onto the other piece of foam plus they chose all of the colors along the way.

Back to the worm.  We need to attach the antennae to the head.  you do this by placing the middle of the pipe cleaner right where the exposed adhesive is and then fold the glitter foam over the top of it.  This seals everything in.  Next, your kids can bend the pipe cleaners to be any shape that they want!  The wackier, the better!

Valentines Day kids activity

You will need to do this part.  I hot glued little eyes on the worms, but let the girls tell me which side was the side they wanted me to put them on.  After that, it is all them!  Let them go crazy adding heart stickers to their heart’s content.

Valentines crafts for kids 2

Once the hearts are added, show them how fun it is to bend the love bugs into different shapes and let them have some fun!  This is the perfect rainy day activity, or snowy day, or ANY day!  They will be sure to love making them with you!

Valentines crafts

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11 Responses to Valentines Crafts for Kids | Love Bugs

  1. Sumo January 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    So darling! That was so smart to put the wire in between!

    • Jonie @ Just Between Friends January 15, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks! I was excited when I figured it out.

      Let’s get together soon! mmmkay?

  2. Leanne January 15, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Those are adorable! What a cute idea! Pinned!

    • Jonie @ Just Between Friends January 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks Leanne!

  3. Jesseca January 15, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I like that this can be used for either a girl or a boy! Way creative, and we needed some crafts to fill up our days! Thanks!

  4. Debra January 15, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Oh my gosh these are darling! What a fun craft for Valentines. I think I am more in the Valentine spirit than I was in the Christmas spirit!

  5. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings January 15, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    So cute. The nieces will love making these. Pinning

  6. Vanessa Barker January 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    These are so darling!!!

  7. Holly C. January 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Crafts with the kids are so fun. These would be perfect for a valentine class party craft too!

  8. TheBargainBabe February 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Adorable! My youngest son would have a lot of fun with the valentine love bugs! :)

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