Save your toilet paper rolls! This cute toilet paper roll DIY turns them into cute love bugs for Valentine’s Day.
This Valentine’s Day toilet paper roll craft is tons of fun to put together with your little one! Plus, it makes for the cutest V-Day decorations – perfect for mantles and book shelves.
This Love Bug Valentine Craft is tons of fun to make with your kiddos. Plus, it encourages reusing and recycling. We took the time to “collect” our empty toilet paper rolls, which got us very excited to for our Valentine craft.
There’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes me SUPER jolly. Everything about the holiday makes me giddy: the romance, the colours, the unlimited chocolate (calories don’t count on V-Day, right?!).
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What You Need:
This is a super-cheap Valentine’s Day craft! Here’s what you’ll need before you begin. All of the exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
- Paint brush (or a foam brush)
- Hot glue gun
- Ice Cube Tray (or paint pallette
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Acrylic paint (colours of your choice – we opted for pink and red)
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
This craft is appropriate for gradeschool and older children. Younger kids can join in the fun, but you might want to take steps to keep them safe (like giving them learning scissors or pre-cutting the wings.)
Here are some more tips that will help you have fun crafting with your kiddos.
Give Them As Gifts
As a mom, I love getting my little one involved in our Valentine celebrations. We make a special day out of it, exchanging gifts with daddy and preparing a lovely dinner for everyone to enjoy. Yup, now that we’re a little family, everyone is included in our V-Day dates!
Valentine’s Day Decorations
Valentine’s Day gives me the perfect excuse to adorn my home with multiple shades of pink. Of course, I love going the DIY route for my V-Day decorations. It’s a great way to stay budget-friendly while keeping my personal décor aesthetics in-mind!
Paint Different Colors
You don’t have to stick with pink and red. Give your kid’s freedom to choose what colors they will paint their love bugs.
Contain the Mess
If you have expressive artists, then control how much paint you give them. I like to use a plastic ice cube tray to hold the paint. That way, they won’t have enough paint to make a huge mess, but they will have enough to paint the bugs.
Adults Use Other Tools
This Toilet paper roll DIY is simple and requires very few supplies. My toddler loved taking part in the painting process. If you’re going to do this project with your little ones, I recommend you do the same! The other steps require scissors and a hot glue gun, so adult supervision is a must. (Better yet, it’s safer that you do the cutting and assembly). They’ll be happy with the finished product no matter what!
Where to Display Your Love Bug Valentine Craft
This Love Bug Valentine Craft looks awesome on shelves and mantles. We put ours on our living room console table, which acts like a mantle. It’s also a great addition to bookshelves – they give them a little added Valentine touch (subtle and romantic!).
Check Out the Video Tutorial!
See below for our video tutorial – this is especially helpful if you’re a more visual person.
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How to Make a Love Bug Out of Toilet Paper Rolls
Here it is, ladies and gents: the easiest Valentine’s DIY out there! These are the simple steps to follow to make your very own Toilet Paper Roll Love Bugs.
Other Options For Eyes
Whether you don’t have a glue gun or you don’t want to mess with that around your smaller kids, you can choose to not use them.
Instead of using a glue gun, get some eye stickers. Or, let your kid’s draw the eyes on the love bugs.
Aren’t these toilet paper roll love bugs absolutely adorable?! What colours would you choose to make yours?
Toilet Paper Roll Love Bug Craft
- 1 Toilet Paper Roll
- Acrylic Paint
- Pipe Cleaners
- Grey Cardstock
- 2 Googly Eyes
- Begin by painting the toilet paper roll with the acrylic paint of your choice. Depending on the colour you choose, you may need 2 layers. Allow the paint to dry.
- As the paint dries, cut out 2 pieces of pipe cleaners, about 2 inches long each. If you have extra pipe cleaner pieces, save for another project or additional Toilet Paper Roll Love Bugs.
- Cut out 2 rectangular pieces of cardstock, 4 inches x 2.5 inches each.
- Fold each cardstock in half. Draw out half a heart on one side and cut to create a cardstock heart.
- Time to assemble! Use a hot glue gun to glue both cardstock hearts on one side of the painted toilet paper roll.
- Turn over the roll and glue the googly eyes towards the top portion of it.
- Add glue to the bottom of the pipe cleaner pieces and secure each one on the inner front of the toilet paper roll.
- Give the top of each pipe cleaner a little bend.
More Valentine’s Day Crafts
After you make the Toilet Paper Roll DIY Lovebugs, make these Valentine’s Day crafts: