Hi all! I am working on some fun new patterns for you that will be coming up in the next few weeks, but for today I’m going to share the valentine that I’m putting together for my kids to distribute in class this year. I like to attempt to do something original, though some years I run out of time. I am fabulous at procrastinating, so this year my goal is to start early…and then to actually finish is key.
I was stuck on the idea of a love bug and when I saw the little plastic ball (I’ve since learned they are called vending capsules) from some slimy gak my son was playing with, I got this idea. They go together pretty fast.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own little candy filled love bugs:
- 2″ vending capsule
- 1.5″ pompom for face
- .25″ pompom for nose
- Googly eyes
- Velum for wings
- Mini heart stickers
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
I purchased all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby except for the vending capsules, which I purchased on eBay. I made a few of mine using hot glue and some using Super Glue. Both worked great.
We’ll start by making the face. Glue on two googly eyes close to the top of your 1.5″ pompom. I like to do two eyes of different sizes. Gives them some personality.
Next glue on the nose. Have it overlap the eyes just a smidge so that they help hold the nose up. If not, it will get lost in the abyss of fur on the face.
Grab your vending capsule and fill it with candy. Take your heart stickers and use them to make dots on the capsule like the spots on a bug.
We’ll now glue on the head. Place it on the top half of the capsule on one side and glue down.
Next we’ll be adding the wings. Cut out two teardrop-shaped wings from your velum. Trim off the pointy tips. Mine were just shy of two inches long before trimming the tips.
To place the wings, put a small line of glue on the backside of the wing right along the top where you trimmed off the point. Wedge it into the pompom fur of your head on both sides and press in place.
The last step is to add your little love bug’s antennas. Using your wire cutters, cut two 2″ long pieces from your wire.
Using your needle nose pliers, bend one side of your cut wire into a curly Q. Repeat with the second wire.
To place the antennae, dip the straight sides into glue and arrange them behind the eyes. If your wire is on the thin side, you can stab it into the center of your pompom like you would a pin. Push it firmly onto the center of the pompom and hold for a few seconds for the glue to dry.
And that’s it. Add a little bow for a girly bug. Five down, seventy to go. Ha! I got them for my son’s class, my daughter’s class, and the neighborhood kids. Hope they dig them as much as I do!