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Oh the cheesy, kid-friendly Valentine lines.

 

That's the first thought that came to my mind as I began writing this Instructable.

 

My four-year old daughter wanted to make these cute little bugs for her 15-member pre-school class, and I will admit, this was not my first choice for her valentines.

 

But, they did come out cute and she did much of the work.

 

This is another one of my do-it-yourself with your kids Instructables - patience required, a gluey-mess, and lots of "are you sure you want to do that?" questioning, where in the end, I am the one that learns something about my child that I can only get by doing projects like this with her (or them).

 

It took us about an hour each day we worked on this project, and I divided up these instructions into the parts we did them in. These fifteen bugs took us about four-hours total. They were relatively expensive as far as class valentines go, and I believe I spent about $15, but I also had the pink cardstock on hand for the printable.

 

Like I've said in previous Instructables, sometimes, it's not about the money.

Step 1: Materials and Printable

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I've included the .jpg copy of this valentine for your use.
You can make a new version using word, with various fonts, but, I figured some may want to use the printable instead of re-inventing.

Also keep in mind that we had 15 bugs to make. You would use less materials if you made fewer of the bugs.  My daughter was specific on the colors that she wanted to use. 
[All of the materials could be picked up at the craft store, but for reference, you can click on the link that will take you to Amazon to see what the items are and an idea of the costs.]

Materials/Tools Used
  •  cardstock (we used hot pink I already had)
  • various colors of pipe cleaners (we purchased a pack of 100)
  • various colors of pom-pom (at least 100 - we used two bags for 15 little guys, but I think one [of 100] would have worked)
  • googly eyes
  • Alene's tacky glue (or 'hot' glue, depending on the age of the child - the one shown is low-temp, but we ended up not using it ourselves)
  • lollipops (optional)

You may also need a plastic tablecloth (or wax paper) to protect your surface when you get to gluing. A paper plate would work, and when we glued the eyes, we used q-tips (swabs) to apply the glue to the googly eye.
 
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catlily25 days ago
Very clever. Where do get all these ideas from?
catlily25 days ago
Cute!