Love Bugs 3 versions trials and tribulations

You may have seen these cute critters on Pinterest. We made 3 different versions since we kept having glue issues. I’ll show you what we all did. With pro’s and cons as they appeared.

Toddler approved
Toddler approved

1. First we tried to make them with Elmers glue as a post on Pinterest had suggested. I found it very flimsy and not toddler friendly as I had to hold the pieces on for a long time and the pom poms sucked in all the glue I put on. However this is a great version for older kids with patience and enough skills to do this on their own.

Things for the Elmers glue version
Things for the Elmers glue version

What you will need:

Put glue on the clothes pin
Put glue on the clothes pin
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
Placing pom poms
Placing pom poms
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn't fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn’t fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely

2. The second Love Bug we tried Removable Clear Mounting Squares instead of the Elmers glue. This version is great for toddlers as a sensory and exploratory experience, as there is no messy glue to work with. However, the end product is not stable to hang up and the mounting squares don’t grip very strongly. So we ended taking it apart and using the pieces in the final version.

What you will need:

  • Elmers Glue
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Sticking on the legs
Sticking on the legs
Great art material  exploring experience
Great art material exploring experience
Toddler approved
Toddler approved
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares

3. The final and most successful version, we used hot glue. As I mentioned we used the pieces from the second version so the googlie eyes are already attached. This method will give you the most durable end result. Not as toddler friendly unless they know how to use a glue gun. Sophia is good about listening to instructions so I don’t have problems with her putting pieces on to the hot glue dabs I place. Plus I’m like a hawk with 100% attention on what she does when we are working together. I think in a few months (if I can find a suitable glue gun) I’ll let her practice holding it.

What you will need:

  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting feet from)

Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up before starting.

Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
Love Bug hot glued
Love Bug hot glued

Since we were working with a hot glue gun I didn’t get any action shots. But I would put a dab of glue and Sophia would stick either a leg or pom pom into it, as she wanted.

Love Owls!

Valentines Day fun project to make for whoo you love 😉

The Love Owls would be great on Valentines Day cards, as well, but we decided to make a bigger picture to hang up instead.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

We went to Hobby Lobby for a few items and we also found some inspiration.

I had seen really cute cupcake paper owls for a skip counting activity on Kids Activities blog, link here. When I saw the heart papers at Hobby Lobby I knew we were making some Love Owls 🙂


Ps all of Hobby Lobby’s Christmas things are 80% off currently. (The deco tubing ribbon was only $1.20!)

What you will need:

  • Stick on Googlie Eyes (aka Wiggle eyes)
  • Elmers White Glue
  • A large sheet of scrapbooking paper (Sophia chose one with hearts)
  • Heart cupcake papers
  • Deco Tubing ribbon (for the tree branches)
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting a beak and feet from)
  • Scissors

TIP: You can use regular googlie eyes but I would suggest using gorilla glue to glue them on, they don’t stick well with Elmers white glue.

Love Owl materials
Love Owl materials
Excited to craft!
Excited to craft!

We hadn’t done any crafts over the holidays, so Sophia was really pumped up to make some Love Owls.

Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on
Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on

From the glitter foam sheet cut out two triangles for the beaks and 4 feet to your liking. We chose to make the feet look like puffy “M’s”

Cupcake paper
Cupcake paper

For the owl bodies flatten out the cupcake paper.

Flatten the cupcake paper
Flatten the cupcake paper

Fold down first wing. Sophia helped with pushing down the creases.

Fold down first wing
Fold down first wing

Fold down second wing.

Fold down second wing
Fold down second wing

Fold down the head.

Fold down the head
Fold down the head

Repeat for the second owl. Put small dabs of glue under both of the wings and head folds.

Owl bodies ready to place on the paper
Owl bodies ready to place on the paper

Pick the spots on the paper where you want your owls to be. Glue the owls on to your paper as desired.

Glue on owls where you would like them to be
Glue on owls where you would like them to be

Put a small dab of glue where you want the beak to go and place beak. Peel off the sticker backing off of the googlie eyes and place as desired. Lastly, put dabs of glue for the feet.

First branch glued on
First branch glued on

Cut a desired length of the Deco Tubing ribbon. Test to see how you want it to lay. Then run a bead of glue where you want the branch to be and then place the ribbon on it.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

Repeat for second branch. I love that this project has fun texture and depth from the ribbon and cupcake papers.