Love Bugs

There is something extra special about receiving a handmade Valentine. These Valentine ladybugs are a cute way to let someone know how much you care. It's a fun and easy project that even the kids can help out with. You can make one or a whole class set of these adorable love bugs. It's okay to be creative with the colors. This is a great way to use up some of the bits of scrapbooking paper you may already have.

Materials

  • 1 piece of white cardstock to print the heart template
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock
  • 1 piece of coordinating patterned paper
  • 2 small brads - I used heart shaped ones, but plain brass ones work fine
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black pen or marker
  • 1/8 inch hole punch
  • 2 small googly eyes and glue (optional)

Directions


Start by printing a heart template onto a piece of white cardstock. Once you have printed your heart, carefully cut it out. Using a pencil, trace the heart once onto the colored cardstock and once onto the coordinating paper


Carefully cut out the two hearts. The solid heart will be your ladybug's body and the coordinating heart will be the wings.

Now, let's make the wings.


First, cut off the tip of the coordinating heart (about an inch) so that the ladybug's head will show.

Then, cut the remaining piece of the heart in half.

Next, you will punch the holes where the wings attach to the body.


Carefully position one wing on the body and make a hole about 1/4 of an inch in from the head and the center of the heart with your hole punch.

Do the same for the second wing.


Attach each wing with a small brad.


It's time to give your ladybug it's happy face. You can either use a pen or marker to draw on eyes and a smile, or glue on some googly eyes for a little more pizazz.


On the back of the ladybug write your recipient's name and don't forget to let them know who it's from.

Finally, spread apart your ladybug's wings to write a special message!

  

Your Valentine is sure to be impressed with your thoughtful creation!

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