STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Love Bug

Chubby little love bug won't bite but he will nibble at your heart. Zany critter is made from foam balls and an egg fabric wings and chenille legs.
   Completion Time - 
1-2 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Egg, 3-7/8"
  • Balls: 2-1/2"; 1-1/2"; three 1"
  • Scrap, 1" x 3" or similar size
Other Materials
  • Acrylic craft paint, bright rose
  • Fabric, 7" x 18", heart pattern
  • Fusible web, 7" x 9"
  • Dimensional glitter paint OR glitter glue
  • Chenille stems, 4, violet
  • Ribbon, 3/4" x 8", violet
  • Pompom, 1/2", pink
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/4", oval
  • Felt or craft foam, pink, scrap

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpicks
  • Wooden skewer, chopstick, or other pointed tool
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

  • 1. Wax knife blade with old candle. Cut small slice from wide endof egg so it will stand. Twist 2-1/2" ball against narrow end ofegg until they fit together tightly; glue together with low temperature glue.
  • 2. Cut 1-1/2" ball in half. Place flat side on face and twistuntil it fits snuggly; repeat with other half ball. Glue cheeks in place.
  • 3. Insert skewer in flat end of egg to use as handle. Paint bug;let dry. (Hint: rest skewer in heavy drinking glass until bug dries.)
  • 4. Cut 1" balls in half. Insert toothpicks to use as handles;paint. Insert toothpicks in foam scrap; let dry.
  • 5. Using pattern, cut two sets of wings from fabric and one setfrom fusible web. Following directions on package, fuse fabric wings together.
  • 6. Squeeze thin line of glitter paint around edge of wings (or,use glitter glue). Let dry.
  • 7. Cut chenille stem in half. Cut two small hearts from fabric;glue to one end of each chenille stem. Outline hearts with glitterpaint. Let dry. These will be the antennae.
  • 8. Glue on wiggle eyes and pompom nose. Glue on mouth cut fromscrap of foam or felt. Insert antennae into top of head; securewith drop of glue.
  • 9. Glue wings to back.
  • 10. Cut three chenille stems in half; insert one end of each stemin curved side of 1/2 ball. Insert legs in body; secure with dropof glue. Bend legs.
  • 11. Tie ribbon in bow; glue to neck.
  • 12. Cut out and glue small hearts to bottoms of feet, cheeks andover heart (optional).