Toilet Roll Love Bugs for Valentine’s Day

Easy Love Bug Crafts for Preschoolers

The best Love bug craft for kids! I’m Kate and I blog over at The Craft Train, where we share crafty ideas for kids and parents. We are thrilled to be taking part in Red Ted Art’s ‘31 Days of Love‘ series once again. 

LOTS of ideas to inspire you.. and now to these adorable Toilet Paper Roll Love bugs! Too cute!

tp roll love bugs

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Kids love hearts, glitter, flowers and being creative so it is understandable that they are attracted to making Valentines Day crafts. They don’t really get the concept of ‘true love’ at this age, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t join in the fun and make some cool stuff. These Love Bugs are very simple to put together and the sky is the limit to how they can be designed and decorated. My five and six year old girls had a blast making these.

You will need a few basic supplies to form the base of these bugs, but when you get to the decorating part you can use whatever you fancy (or whatever you happen to have in the cupboard).

For your TP Roll Love Bugs, you will need:

You basically need toilet paper rolls and ANYTHING ELSE you can find in your craft statsh.. but we used:

– Toilet rolls or paper towel rolls cut to size.
– Paint
– Googly eyes
– Pipe cleaners
– Beads
– Construction paper
– Tacky craft glue
– Marker pens
– Scissors
– Skewer

How to make TP Roll Love Bugs for Valentine’s Day:

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Paint some toilet rolls and allow them to dry. You can cut them down to a shorter length to get some smaller bugs if you like. We happened to have some ready-painted rolls stashed away in the craft box so we could get straight to the decorating.

First, 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.

tp roll crafts for valentines day

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.

Valentines day love bug craft

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.

love bug crafts

Aren’t these little love bugs cute? Such a fun little TP Roll craft for Valentine’s Day!

tp roll love bugs for valentines day

Pray for joy and peace.

No amount of money or success will ever bring your child happiness unless they learn to be content in a variety of circumstances. Real joy is found in our perspective, rather than our situations.

(Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” 1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”)

Handprint Craft

Are you and your little genius ready for some fund crafting??? Well, check out this fun Cookie Monster and Elmo handprint craft. Special thanks to simple everyday mom for the amazing idea!

Supplies

How To Make Handprint Elmo & Cookie Monster:

Trace your child’s hand onto the red and blue paper. Cut them both out.

Trace Elmo’s nose onto the orange card stock and cut out. Trace Elmo’s mouth onto the black card stock and cut out. Use the .5″ circle punch or scissors to cut out 2 eyes from the black card stock.

Arrange the red handprint with the fingers pointing down. Assemble Elmo by gluing the white eyes from the template onto the top of the handprint.

Glue the 2 black circles onto the middle of the white eyes from the template.

Glue the orange nose onto the bottom of the eyes, with about 1/3 of the nose overlapping the eyes.

Trace Cookie Monster’s mouth onto the black card stock and cut out. Use the .5″ circle punch or scissors to cut out 2 eyes from the black card stock.

Assemble Cookie Monster’s eyes by gluing one black circle to the top left part of the white eye. Glue the other black circle to the bottom right part of the white eye. This will give Cookie his signature silly look.

Arrange the blue handprint with the fingers pointing down. Glue the completed eyes to the top of the handprint. Attach the smile with glue just beneath Cookie’s eyes.

You’re done!

Elf & Santa cupcakes

Get the kids involved in making these cute elf and Santa cupcakes with our template for the chimney-style paper cases 

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

For the icing

For the legs

  • fondant icing sugar
  • candy canes
  • strawberry pencil sweets
  • black, green and white fondant icing
  • gold and silver balls

Method

  • STEP 1Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line bun tins with paper cake cases. Put all the ingredients for the cupcakes in a large bowl using 4 tbsp of the orange juice, then beat together for 1-2 mins until smooth. 
  • STEP 2Spoon the cake mix into the cases, so they are three-quarters full. Bake for 15-18 mins or until golden and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack
  • STEP 3For the icing, beat the butter, vanilla and icing sugar until pale and creamy, adding 1-2 tbsp warm water to loosen, if needed. Ice the cakes with a palette knife or use a piping bag to create swirls deep enough to hold the Santa and elf legs.
  • STEP 4For the legs, make a batch of fondant icing following the pack instructions. Cut the candy canes and pencil sweets into 4cm lengths. Use green fondant icing to mould elf boots around the candy cane legs and black fondant icing to mould Santa boots around the strawberry pencil legs. Add some white fondant around the top of Santa boots. Use the made-up fondant icing to stick a silver or gold ball onto each toe of the elf boots. Let the boots dry completely. Use our chimney template, to make paper sleeves to wrap around the cupcake cases. Push the legs into the cupcakes just before serving.

Prayer for Children

I would like to shout out IMOM for the 10 prayer topics we should pray over our children. I believe that prayer has power, and it is our responsibility to cover our homes and our children with the word of God. Join me every week as we share a powerful prayer topic for your little genius!

3. Pray for friendships.

Good friends are an important part of your child’s social and emotional development, and can play a major role in shaping their views. (Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”)

Wisdom Wednesday

A little wisdom goes a long way. I have made it a habit to have a healthy mind, body, and spirit, so every Wednesday I would like to share with you some wisdom that has helped me. Enjoy

Todays Quote :

“Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design”

The world would like us to believe that happiness is something that should rain down like dew from the sky when in all actuality is something you create. The way you create happiness is through perspective, gratefulness, and peace, all of which require work. So today choose to create a world where you and the little ones around you are happy.

Selah