Valentine’s Day Love Bugs

Our Valentine’s Day traditions are usually pretty minimal. Don’t get me wrong. I love Valentine’s Day, but in the wake of the plethora of Christmas traditions, they certainly seem minimal. Typically, we make Valentines for their class party when they receive their class list from daycare, a heart-shaped homemade pizza Valentine’s Day evening, and usually some sort of Valentine’s craft somewhere in the month.

When Riley was two, she had her first experience with glitter glue. It was red, sparkly, and sticky. She loved it. We made a lot of crafts with that glitter glue around the Valentine’s season, but she made one very special red, glittery abstract art picture for my gran. It has been hanging on my gran’s door ever since. Somehow, I’ve been able to avoid the subject of glitter glue since. Until a month ago that is, when suddenly from the backseat of the car, she stated, “Mom, we need to go to the store and get some glitter. Also the glue that has glitter in it.” I dismissed the statement with the standard mom dismissal, “We’ll see, honey.” But, she didn’t forget and followed up with me about it every day after. So, it seemed I had no choice. A glitter project it was for this Valentine’s Day.

We decided to make these glittery love bugs, and despite the remaining glitter on the table (and pretty much everywhere else), it was a really fun project. The girls loved squirting the tubes with glitter glue and rolling them in the loose glitter, and they have made great play things since. All in all, a fun way to celebrate a glittery season of love!

What You’ll Need

Toilet paper rolls
Pink paint
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Elmer’s Washable Glitter Glue, pink
Glitter, pink
Craft Pom Poms
Hot glue gun


  1. Paint the toilet paper rolls pink. You should do this the day before you want to do the activity to allow them enough time to dry. If you aren’t a planner, you could always use a hair dryer to dry them that night.
  2. Use a nail to poke two holes in each side of the toilet paper rolls. These will be for the feet, so make sure to keep them even on each side.
  3. Use a tub or newspaper and pour glitter into/on it.
  4. Squirt the glitter glue in desired amounts on the pink toilet paper rolls. Spread around with your fingers, or you could use a Q-Tip as well.
  5. Roll the glue-covered toilet paper roll in the glitter. Shake off the remaining glitter. Allow to dry, or use hair dryer to dry it.
  6. Pick out a large pom pom for the face and glue it to the tube with the hot glue gun.
  7. Glue on the smaller pom pom nose and two googly eyes.
  8. Run the pipe cleaners through the roll, or now the body, and shape the ends into feet.

You’re done! Enjoy the Valentine’s Day love bugs. We’d love to hear about how yours turn out.

Recommended Reading

I love the message about love in this book because it talks about the love of your friends and the impact you make in your community. In the beginning of the story, Mr. Hatch was a lonely man who kept the same routine every day and did not engage with any of the people in his life. Not his coworkers, not the clerks he saw at the store every day, and not his postman. Until his postman delivered him a package on Valentine’s Day. After thinking someone did love him, he began to engage and build friendships with those around him. I won’t give away the ending, but it is a great read for kids on Valentine’s Day.

Here Comes Valentine Cat is a fun story about a cat who desperately does not want to send a valentine to his neighbor, the dog. As with most cats, he does not like dogs and finds his neighbor to be particularly annoying. The dog is always playing with toys and howling. Then, when the dog sends a valentine his way, he needs to reconsider his assessment of the dog. Will he choose to send a valentine back? This is a cute story to think more about the first impressions we make. Another fun Valentine’s Day story.