Friday, January 29, 2016

How to Make Love Bugs with Recycled Paper Cups

While unpacking at The Farmhouse, I found a sleeve of red paper cups. I can't remember why I had them or what I bought them for. To make things worse, they were a little squished and most of them wouldn't do a great job holding liquids without leaking. When my son asked if we could have a crafts day (yes! The answer is always yes.), I pulled the cups out and had fun making love bugs with him. 

These are a great "free choice" craft to do with kids - just set out the supplies and let them come up with their own version. I made the "Queen" love bug on the right but my son made a small army of "ladybugs" with big black pom poms on their backs.  This is also a great way to use up party supply leftovers!

Here are the instructions for how to make the queen:


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Step 1: Antennae
Cut the pink chenille stem into 4 pieces. Set 2 pieces aside for later. Make antennae by glueing the pink hearts to the ends of 2 of the pink chenille stem pieces. Poke 2 small holes in the top of the cup and insert the antennae. Here is a view from the back of what this should look like:

Step 2: Wings
Give your love bug wings by cutting two white chenille stems in half to make 4 pieces total. Bend the 4 stem pieces into long loops, twisting the two ends of each piece together to secure. Glue the four wing pieces to the back of the cup as pictured. Add a heart rhinestone over the area where they meet.
(pro tip: it may be best for an adult with a hot glue gun to help with this part. Alternatively, use the fast grab tacky glue and hold the wings and heart in place with a pieces of masking tape while the glue sets.)

Step 3: Features
Give your love bug a face by adding googley eyes, a nose (the small, round rhinestone) and a mouth (a heart rhinestones) with the glue. Make arms by bending the 2 remaining pink chenille stem pieces in half at a 90 degree angle. Glue them to the sides of the cup and add a heart rhinestone over the area where they meet the cup.

I hope you enjoyed this craft! I'd love to hear how it turned out for you in the comments or by posting a picture in the Creative Green Living Community Group on Facebook!

About the Author: 

Carissa is a lifelong crafter and DIY enthusiast. A green lifestyle expert, she often incorporates recycled elements into her designs and chooses non-toxic supplies whenever possible. She believes that living a greener lifestyle doesn't have to be drab and boring but can beautiful, tasty and fun!
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