Have you been bitten by the love bug? February is nearly here, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up 20+ totally adorable love bug crafts for Valentine’s Day. In the list below, you’ll find so many cute ways to capture your child’s handprints, footprints, photos, and creative energy. From keepsakes you’ll treasure for years to fun projects to decorate the house or classroom, there’s something for everyone!
February is the perfect time of year to schedule in several crafts. Many of us are still spending more time indoors, and arts and crafts are a great outlet for spending time together as a family while engaging in creative thinking and problem-solving.
Pick a few of these love bug crafts to try this year. You’ll be glad you did!
Cute Love Bug Crafts for Kids
Let’s kick things off with some love bugs made with egg cartons, clay pots, cardboard tubes, tin cans and more! You’ll be surprised at the things around your home that you can turn into a bug.
Egg Carton Love Bugs: Recycle your egg cartons and turn them into adorable love bugs of all shapes and sizes. We made some with wings, some with lots of body segments and legs, and some in between. The kids will have a blast playing with their bugs after they’re assembled.
Cardboard Tube Love Bugs from The Craft Train: Save your empty toilet paper tubes to make a whole family of love bugs for Valentine’s Day! Embellish your bugs with stickers, washi tape, glitter glue, and any other shiny, pretty bits and bobs you can find in your craft drawer. Aren’t they cute?
Love Bug Clay Pots from The Keeper of the Cheerios: Turn terra cotta pots into adorable love bugs to decorate your table, mantle, or windowsill. We love the handprint wings, which give the craft an extra personal touch.
Tin Can Love Bug Craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect: Make a charming candy holder using a tin can and a little creativity. This craft is a great way to teach kids about upcycling to make old things beautiful again. The tin can love bug would make a great teacher’s gift with some candy and a gift card inside.
Love Bug Applesauce from The Keeper of the Cheerios: If you’re looking for the perfect classroom treat this Valentine’s Day, make these applesauce love bugs. The kids can take part in making a pretty, healthy snack for their classmates. Parents will be thankful for one less piece of candy in their boxes!
Ladybugs with Heart Shapes
Cupcake Liner Ladybugs: Made with a heart shape body and heart shape spots, this adorable craft also uses a torn paper art technique.
Heart-shaped Ladybug Card: This simple paper card is shaped like a ladybug with wings that open to reveal the message.
Lovable Paper Plate Ladybug: The spots are heart shaped making this an adorable idea for Valentine’s Day!
Butterfly Crafts with Hearts
Clothespin Candy Butterfly Valentines: These treat bag make great party handouts or classroom Valentines. Fill the bags with any small candy or you could even use other small items such as mini erasers or foam stickers.
Valentine’s Inspired Paper Plate Butterfly: I Heart Crafty Things made this cute craft using paper doilies in heart shapes for the wings.
Conversation Heart Caterpillar Card: This easy card is made using stickers, but you could also use real candy too. You could also turn this into a butterfly by adding paper heart wings and have the stickers in the middle.
Valentine’s Day Bee Crafts
Paper Heart Bumble Bee: Includes a template to make a heart bee for Valentine’s Day or as a cute Spring craft.
Paper Plate Love Bug from Red Ted Art: This paper plate love bug looks like a pink and red bee, and it’s bee-autifl! The paper plate is paired with heart-shaped doilies and big, friendly googly eyes. The kids will have such fun stamping the stripes on the body with their do-a-dot markers.
Paper Heart Bee Craft from Mombrite: Could this smiling bee with its heart-shaped wings BEE any cuter? We don’t think so! They’re adorable as is or would make a cute card for someone special this Valentine’s Day.
Love Bug Paper Craft Ideas
From paper crafts to printables, make your Valentine’s Day a little brighter with the following sweet bug-themed projects for kids!
Footprint Love Bug Craft from Fun Handprint Art: Make a sweet keepsake using your baby or toddler’s foot! This love bug footprint would make a cute card to send to the grandparents this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Paper Chain from Big Family Blessings: This sweet little chain of love bugs will be a cute addition to your Valentine’s Day projects. Add as many bugs as you’d like to the chain. It’s a fun project to work on as a small group or classroom.
Printable Dragonfly Candy Valentine: Kids can easily make these using Sixlets chocolate candies or something similar.
Printable Love Bug Craft from Somewhat Simple Living: If you’re crafting in the classroom or with a group of kids and need a simple idea, this printable love bug craft is where it’s at. All you need is the printable, scissors, glue, and things to embellish the bug with, like crayons, stickers, sequins, etc.
Paper Bag Love Bug from I Heart Crafty Things for Red Ted Art: Put on a puppet show this Valentine’s Day with some love bug puppets made with paper lunch sacks. They’re bright, colorful, easy to put together, and loads of fun to play with.
Love Bugs made with Craft Sticks
Craft Stick Love Bugs from Our Kid Things: These tall, colorful popsicle stick love bugs will be such fun to make. You can use a heart punch to make quick work of all the hearts or let the kids cut out as many hearts as needed for some added scissor practice.
Popsicle Stick Love Bugs from Projects with Kids: Make fuzzy, colorful, wacky love bugs with yarn, paper, and popsicle sticks. Your older kids will enjoy making them just as much as your toddler and preschooler. Wrapping the yarn around the stick is great for fine motor practice.
Simple Love Bug Craft from Sarah in the Suburbs: You can’t get much simpler than these love bugs made with paper hearts, googly eyes, and popsicle sticks. You probably have everything on hand for this craft already. Plus, it will easily hold the kids’ attention since it can be completed in just a few minutes (aside from paint dry time).
Sweet Love Bug Crafts for Valentine’s Day
Adorable Fuzzy Love Bugs from A Little Pinch of Perfect: Put pom-poms and pipe cleaners together, and what do you get? Adorable, fuzzy little love bugs that make the perfect Valentine’s DIY toys for kids. They can decorate their desks with them, add a pipe cleaner on the bottom and twirl them around their pencil tops, turn them into magnets, and so much more.
Love Bug Pinecones from The Keeper of the Cheerios: Use those pinecones you gathered through fall and early winter to make cute little pinecone love bugs using a bit of paint, some pipe cleaners, and foam heart stickers. If you don’t have any pinecones on hand, you can find them inexpensively in craft stores, too.
Pebble Love Bugs from The Craft Train: Painting rocks is a fun activity for the whole family. Make a bunch of these little love bugs using rocks from your yard or garden to hide in your community (with permission). One of these friendly love bugs is sure to put a smile on the finder’s face. Kids can also play with them as pet rocks.
How to Draw a Love Bug from Rock Painting 101: Here’s a different take on the love bug rocks with a tutorial to teach kids how to draw some wacky, colorful love bugs. You’ll need some nice flat rocks and paint pens to make them.
Love Bug Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning: Engage in some open-ended sensory play by setting up this playdough activity/craft. Kids can make love bugs using dough, pipe cleaners, straw segments, googly eyes, pebbles, and other accessories to build-a-bug.
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