Love Bugs: Toilet Paper Roll Portrait Valentines


Remember the anticipation of Valentine’s Day? The silly notes, innocent puns, first crushes and sugary treats? The sweet holiday is upon us and it’s time to break out the glue sticks and unleash the Sweethearts. Stores are bursting with cute cards, but let’s be honest, it’s all about the candy and a good Valentine’s card comes from the heart. Read on to learn how to craft your very own love bug candy-hiding greeting featuring the cutest little bug on the whole entire planet: your sweet, precious child!

If you set your mind to it, the lowly toilet paper roll can be an endless source of crafting joy for you and your little one. And Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to salvage those rolls from the recycle bin and put them to a noble, time-honored use: your child’s Valentine’s Day card. If your store of toiling paper rolls is limited, band-aid and butter boxes work just as well.

This lovely craft is more than a card; it’s a clever candy container, disguised as a love bug.


  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Red and pink tissue paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Assorted construction paper (heavy on the reds and pinks)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue (preferably hot glue, but not necessary)
  • Heart-meltingly adorable portraits or photographs
  • Twine

How to Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Candy Holder

  1. Lay a sheet of tissue paper on a flat surface and cut it in half on the vertical. (One sheet of tissue should cover two toilet paper rolls.)
  2. Tape the edge of the tissue to your toilet paper roll.
  3. Roll the tissue around the toilet paper roll, taping the final edge to secure the tissue in place.
  4. Using the twine, tie off the bottom edge.
  5. Fill the roll with your candy of choice.
  6. Then, tie off the top edge and tuck it into the top of the roll.
  7. Glue your child’s picture to a popsicle stick and tuck it into the “head” of the roll.
  8. Hot glue two one-inch pipe cleaner pieces, or  “antennae,”  to the back of the portrait. (NOTE: If you don’t have a hot glue gun, glue small, antennae-shaped pieces of paper to the back of your child’s portrait.)
  9. Affix construction paper hearts to the body of the roll.
  10. If you have one, use your hot glue gun to attach six, two-inch pipe cleaner pieces “legs” to the back of the roll. (NOTE: If you don’t have a hot glue gun, poke three paired holes in the back of your bug and thread an entire pipe cleaner through each set of holes.)
  11. Have your child sign each masterpiece, with love!

Show friends and family just how much they mean to you by sending them something made from the heart. Photo frame cards are sure to generate smiles and become much-loved keepsakes.