Kids will love these candy-free Valentine’s Day crafts

The love bugs are biting today! As much as kids love candy, I think they’ll also love these two, candy-free Valentine’s Day crafts. The colorful Love Bugs are designed by Kathleen George, and the instructions are on The materials are pretty basic, and I’m sure you have most of them on hand – felt, foamies, chenille stems, googly eyes, pompoms, etc. I’m also giving away more fun for kids – the current issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3, packed with more Valentine Day crafts for kids.

Click on through for instructions for the Love Bug. (Hint: If making the wings from fabric and fusible webbing seems intimidating, cut them from a foamie sheet or felt instead.)

Another cute "Love Bug" craft to DIY.

Love Bug by Kathleen George

The Bouncing Love Bugs are a little more interactive, and kids can dance them around on their elastic strings.

Super-cute Bouncing Love Bugs for kids. CraftsnCoffee.comr

Bouncing Love Bugs by Kathleen George.

Kathleen also designed the Love Bugs in the current issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3.

Cute Love Bugs kids can make for Valentine's Day.

These Love Bugs are in the current issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3.

I am giving away two issues of Kids Crafts 1-2-3, and adding in the winter issue of Create & Decorate, too. That’s a magazine for the kids, and one for mom, too! To win one of the magazine gift packs, leave a comment below and tell me about the Valentine’s Day crafts you’re making this year. Leave your comment by Tuesday, February 4, and I’ll announce two winners on February 6.

Magazine giveaway on

Tell me below about the Valentine’s Day crafts you’re making this year, and you might win these two magazines.

Happy crafting.


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22 Responses to Kids will love these candy-free Valentine’s Day crafts

  1. Michele says:

    Sharon, I’m looking forward to making the Marquee Heart for my grandchildren.

  2. Ashley Flores says:

    We made chain link hearts, toilet paper tube heart stamps, and yesterday we finger painted hearts with cookie cutters and muslin. Fun!!

    • Sharon says:

      What fun ideas! I bet the kids had a blast. Thanks for stopping in today. Happy crafting! Sharon

      • Ashley Flores says:

        They did! I still want to tape of the word ‘LOVE’ with masking tape and let them go to town coloring or painting, peel the tape and let them marvel at their creations! Would make cute decorations after they’re framed!

      • Sharon says:

        Yeah! Start them early so they’ll be adult crafters one day! Sharon

  3. lesley says:

    i have been working on heart shaped wreaths (feather, yarn, garland, etc.) and printing up treat bags so far…..also made up some mug/candy and vase/candy gifts. lots more planned if i can only find the time!

  4. ColleenB. - Texas says:

    these little critters are adorable.
    Be cute to have alittle mobile made using these

  5. Jane says:

    Hi Sharon, I am making some special Valentines with my granddaughter, Adeline. She is only 18 months old, but I traced her small hands and using them on the pink and red heart shaped Valentine’s cards. Her two sets of grandparents and extended family will love them. Including a little picture of her with the card,


    • Sharon says:

      Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing the idea. (And I remember when she was born! Hard to believe that was 18 months ago already). Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Adeline! Sharon

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Those are great. What a fun way to make different bugs. This year we are making class valentines and teacher match books note pads. I think I will try and make a valentine banner with a bug or two.

    • Sharon says:

      Fun! I remember making handmade valentines for everyone in the class, and I love that your kids do the same. Designer Patty Schaffer introduced me to the match book notepads, and those are a great idea. Be sure to share photos, especially of your banner! Happy crafting. Sharon

  7. kelly j says:

    This Valentine’s Day I will be taking those annoying stubby crayon bits and pieces kids hate to use but often create due to breakage and make “new” crayons. They will be melted down in various color blends, rainbow swirl, some red and pink of course in silicon heart molds. They will be packaged together by ribbon with a sheet of blank paper folded into 4s to create a new work of art. There will be a tag attached with a message that will read, “Color Your Heart Out!”

  8. Birgit says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for crafting these days, but I plan to make at least two cards and maybe also bake some cookies. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win those magazines.

    Happy crafting,

    • Sharon says:

      Sounds like fun — cookies & cards! I’m glad you’ve found a little time to squeeze in some creativity, Birgit. Glad you stopped in today! Sharon

  9. Debbie Kaste says:

    I’m planning on just making Valentine’s day cards. Wish I had more time to craft though and make some of those Adorable styrofoam projects! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your blog candy!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m sure your cards will be beautiful — there are so many pretty craft supplies available for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  10. Brenda B says:

    I am going to try and make cards. I also want to make some of these with the grandkids. Too cute!

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you stopped in today, Brenda. Handmade cards are so special — I hope you have a chance to make them, too. And have fun with the grandkids! Sharon

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