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Popsicle Stick Heart Butterflies - An Easy Valentine's Day Craft for Kids



It's the first day of February and in just 13 days it's Valentine's Day. We have been having not so great weather the past few days and with nothing much to do, Madison and I decided to do a few crafts. They were so easy that I decided to share them here on Growing Up Madison with you. If you have little ones and you have no idea to do with them on a cold, wet or even snowy day, I highly suggest taking a trip to your local dollar store, Hobby Lobby, Michaels or even Walmart. Stock up on craft supplies and just let them have a go. We decided on making some Popsicle Stick Heart Butterflies that we can share. We had everything on hand to do our craft but I'm super horrible when it comes to cutting so I decided to make a trip to Michaels to pick up some heart punches. For some reason the ones I had last year did a magical disappearance. I'm sure I'll find them but I wasn't in the mood to turn the house upside down looking for them. I'll link to the ones that we used in our post.

Popsicle Stick Heart Butterflies

Supplies used:


Popsicle Craft Sticks
Printed card-stock paper
Pipe cleaners
Googly Eyes
Scissors
Aleene's Tacky Glue (or you can use a glue gun)

(If you decided to use heart punches you're going to need 2 sizes)
2 3/8" Lever Heart Punch
1 1/2" Scalloped Heart Punch


Directions:

The directions are so simple that I almost decided to forgo them but here they are for those who still need them.

Step 1. Cut out hearts in 2 different shapes. With your heart punchers it is super easy to do. If you have a younger child you can help cut or punch them out.


Step 2: With your glue add your small hearts onto your bigger hearts. So you'll have hearts on hearts.

Step 3: Add some glue on to your popsicle stick on the back and then attach your hearts overlapping one onto the other.


Step 4: Cut your pipe cleaners into small pieces. Shape into a V and attach to the back of your popsicle stick with some glue.


Final Step:  This is possibly the most fun step. Attach your googly eyes. We used the smallest googly eyes we could find since we used small popsicle sticks. If you use larger popsicle sticks then you can use slightly larger googly eyes than we did.

You're all done!

Madison had a blast doing this and I allowed her to do it whichever way she felt like, letting her be independent. Crafting together is a great way to spend quality time with your little one and it also enhances their gross motor skills.


*Notes:

If you're not comfortable using a glue gun or having your little one use the glue, pour a little bit of the glue into a container and let them use it with a popsicle stick.

You can also buy regular popsicle sticks and have them color the sticks into different colors.

If you decide to use plain paper, coloring the paper is also another way for them to be uniquely theirs.

Annmarie John
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  1. What A cute and creative craft idea. I will have to make these with my niece and nephew when they come over. Catherine S

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    1. I'm sure you'll both have fun doing it.

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  2. Super cute. What a great project for little ladies.

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    1. Well it's great for little ladies and little guys too. Your boys can even make them for you. *hint*

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  3. Aww, how fun! Those butterflies turned out really well. The heart-shaped wings are awesome.

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    1. Thank you Liz. Madison had a blast doing them and I actually had fun myself. :)

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  4. What a cute project. This will keep the twins busy. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. You're very welcome and when you have twins I'm sure you want to keep them as busy as you can.

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  5. Popsicle sticks are so versatile for creating arts and crafts. I love butterflies too so it's a win-win project to do with the kids.

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    1. There are so much stuff you can do with popsicle sticks and I love butterflies too. :)

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  6. How adorable! Those turned out really nice. My daughter loves doing crafts so we are going to try this!

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    1. I'm so happy that you like them Amber and I hope you and your little munchkin can do them together.

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  7. I love these so much Amanda! They are simply gorgeous!

    Such a great activity too!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. Madison had a blast making them and even though she didn't glue hers on the correct way, she was so proud of the way she did them and I was proud that she was proud. :)

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  8. These butterflies are totally beautiful. I love how easy it is finish. The kids would be happy to try this.

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    1. I hate doing complicated crafts. Anything that would take me less than 30 minutes to do is right up my alley is this is super easy.

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  9. What an adorable craft! All the little ones would have fun making their own heart butterflies. I will share this post with my cousin who has three little daughters.

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    1. Thank you for sharing Annemarie. I'm sure they'll enjoy making it.

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  10. These did turn out fun, and I agree, the googly eyes are the most fun. These are the kinds of crafts I like to do with my granddaughter.

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    1. Oh then you most definitely have to try this with her then Rosey. You two should have a lot of fun.

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  11. This is going to be a fun craft to do this weekend. I wil have to grab the supplies i will need.

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    1. The supplies are pretty cheap if you forgo the punchers. That's where it becomes expensive but you'll have them for future use if you do get them.

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  12. I love this craft idea. It is so cute and easy to make. My friend is bringing her little ones over this weekend. I wil have to make these with the.

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    1. Oh I'm sure you'll all enjoy making them together.

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  13. Great, now I need a heart punch! Not Michaels close to me though! The popsicle stick heart butterflies are so cute. I wonder if my 7 years old will want to do this with me!

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    1. You should be able to find heart punches on Amazon or even at your local craft store. You can even possibly try Walmart and I'm sure Tristan would love doing it with you.

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  14. Oh man I HAVE to make this. I was here wondering what to do with my little one for Valentines Day and this is so easy and so cute too. My Michaels isn't too far away so I'll be heading there tomorrow for the punches or I'll just cut them out myself. They won't look as great so I'm hoping the punches are available. Pinning this!

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    1. It is very simple to make and you'll both have fun making it.

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