DIY Paper Plate Love Bug | Valentine’s Day

Paper Plate Love Bug Craft. Click on the picture to view the tutorial.

I found a stash of paper plates that were not being used, so we decided to do a fun Valentine’s Day craft! When I was little, I remember doing a lot of love bug crafts, so this was the perfect time to make a Paper Plate Love Bug with my son!

What You Need

  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Staples (optional)
  • Black construction paper
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes
  • Pink and purple paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors


1. Cut out shapes from the construction paper–a head for the love bug from the black and hearts to decorate from the pink.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 1

2. Fold and glue/staple the paper plate in half. Leave a small opening so you can attach the head and antennae.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 2b

3. Slide the head and antennae into the open part of the paper plate then glue/staple down.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 3

4. Carefully curl the antennae to make spirals at the ends.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 4

5. Paint fun designs on the bug using the pink and purple paint.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 5

6. Glue the googly eyes onto the love bug’s face.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 6

7. Glue the cutout hearts all over the bug’s body to make spots.

Paper Plate Love Bug Step 7

Bonus tip: You can decorate your bug even more by adding glitter, sequins, or big kissy lips!

Paper Plate Love Bug Project. Click on the picture to view the tutorial.

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  1. Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks a lot for the post, I’d like to try it with my nearly 3 year old.

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