If you’re searching for a fun Valentine’s Day craft to do with your toddler or preschooler, these super simple pom-pom love bugs are both adorable and easy to make! Even younger kids should be able to do most of the steps themselves—and you may already have all the necessary materials at home!
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Since my kids are still young, I’m often the one who thinks of craft ideas for us to do. But as our eldest approaches preschool age, she’s becoming increasingly creative and has started to come up with projects of her own!
She’s the reason we made Button Pipe Cleaner Bracelets a few months back—so cute, and great for practicing fine motor skills! And as I was taking out some supplies for another craft project a few days ago, she decided to make adorable love bugs for Valentine’s Day!
This cute little pom-pom craft is super simple to make, and it requires very few supplies. It’s also easy enough for young kids to do themselves, though you’re free to help them add embellishments like heart-shaped wings!
She’s been so excited about this project that she’s created a whole collection of them in various sizes and colours!
How to Make Pom-Pom Love Bugs
Here’s what you’ll need to make these super simple pom-pom love bugs for Valentine’s Day:
- Glitter pom-poms (our local Walmart tends to carry smaller packs)
- Liquid school glue
- Googly eyes (regular or colourful)
- Construction paper
- Pencil (if needed)
1. Glue Eyes to Pom-Pom
Use school glue to glue two googly eyes onto a pom-pom. You’ll want to press down on them sufficiently to ensure that they stick. My four-year-old had fun choosing various eye sizes and colours for her love bugs!
For a very basic version of this project, you could actually just stop after this step and you’d end up with a super simple pom-pom craft that younger kids can do completely on their own.
But for fun, we decided to add a few extra steps and give our love bugs heart-shaped wings for Valentine’s Day!
2. Cut Hearts
Fold your sheet of construction paper and use a pencil to trace half a heart right along the folded side, then cut along the line you traced—or simply cut it freehand if you’re confident that you can get the shape right!
Note: Keep the hearts small—if you make them too big, you’ll have a hard time glueing them to the pom-pom during the next step!
Once you’ve cut one of the hearts, use it as a guide to create a second heart with the same dimensions!
3. Glue Hearts to Pom-Pom
Place some school glue along the folds of your construction paper hearts and press them into the pom-pom. You may have to press down for a little while to make sure they stick.
Note: If you notice that you’re unable to press the whole fold into the pom-pom at once, you’ve cut your hearts too big—simply fold them up again and cut smaller hearts inside the existing ones, then try pressing them into the pom-pom again.
4. Let Dry
Let your love bugs sit undisturbed for a little while to allow the glue to dry—this shouldn’t take very long.
Once the school glue is done drying, your love bug is ready! Isn’t it adorable?
I’ll be posting some more easy Valentine’s Day crafts in the coming days, so be sure to check back soon or subscribe to my newsletter!
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