Make adorable love bugs out of salt dough. Attach them to cards for a great DIY Valentine’s Day card! Give one to a special teacher or make some for a bunch of friends!


  • 3 c of flour
  • 1 c of water
  • 1 c of salt
  • paint and paintbrushes
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • marker
  • large blank gift tags or blank cards
  • rolling pin (optional)
  • parchment paper (optional)
  • cookie sheet
  • large bowl
  • spoon


    1. Steps for Love Bug CardsBegin by making the salt dough. Mix together 3 cups of flour with 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of water.
    2. Stir the ingredients together in a bowl until a dough is formed.
    3. Once a dough is formed, begin kneading the dough with your hands.
    4. Lay the dough on a work surface and knead until smooth.
    5. Flatten with a rolling pin or with your hands
    6. Break small pieces of dough and roll in your hands to form small oval shapes.
    7. Once you have created a bunch of small oval shapes, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or directly on the sheet) and bake for 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
    8. Remove the salt dough ovals from the oven and lay on a surface to cool completely.
    9. Paint the salt dough ovals to look like little bugs! Your imagination is the limit here! Let dry completely.
    10. Using large blank gift tags or blank cards, write the words "Love Bug" on each card.
    11. Glue a love bug to each card and you are finished!

Caroline Gravino, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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