Love Pops is an upcycled craft that is both creative and meaningful. Not only do these little cuties bring joy to the recipient, but it is also a great way to show your love and appreciation for someone special.
The craft is also eco-friendly, as it repurposes materials that may otherwise be discarded. Making Love Pops is a quick, fun, budget-friendly activity that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages.
It is also a great way to teach children about the importance of creativity and sustainability. Love Pops could be personalized to make the gift even more special.
This is a great way to show someone you care and make a lasting impression. Below I will show you how to make them and share many ideas on how to use them!
- Old clothing, scraps of fabric, shower curtains, pillowcases, blankets, table cloth, really any textile that you would like to upcycle
- A box of tissues
- Ribbons or string
- Wooden chopsticks (I had a ton of these that had piled up over the years of takeout in my drawer) If you do not have any you can buy them here (link to Amazon).
- Hot glue gun
Take your fabrics and cut out hearts.
I would layer your fabric in such a way that you are cutting out the front and back of your heart at the same time. Stack the fabric as you cut so the hearts match up later.
I took my first heart set and used it as a template for future hearts.
Make all your heart cutouts at one time or as you go with each pop. I chose to cut them all out in one sitting.
Gather and prepare your chopsticks.
Break them apart.
Fold and cut your tissue in half.
Fold your tissue paper in half, then fold it again. Then cut it in half. Each half will be for one heart. Cut as many as you will need.
Now we will move into the steps for assembling the individual Love Pops.
Stuff the heart.
Open your matching heart pair and fold the half of the tissue one more time and place in the middle of the heart.
Also, place some hot glue on the square end of your chopstick and stick that in the middle of your folded tissue in between the folds.
Hot glue the hearts together.
Here is a tip for you. To avoid getting burned with hot glue when you press the hearts together after gluing, use the handles of your scissors to press the heart edges in place.
Add ribbon or string.
Place a tiny dot of glue at the base of the heart and tie a ribbon or string then slide it over the glue to help tack the ribbon and prevent it from sliding off.
I love how these cute little Love Pops turned out. They are so quick, cheap, and easy to make.
You could also for extra decoration glue flowers or buttons if you desire
Now I want to share some ideas about how you can use them!
Examples of how to use Love Pops
1. Give someone sick a box of tissues with some Love Pops stuck inside with a note card.
2. Use it as a bookmark. Or give the gift of a book with a Love Pop inside.
3. Place some in a Free Little Library in your area.
More ideas for Love Pops
- Use as Valentine’s gifts instead of cards to give students
- Give to teachers any time of year for appreciation
- Leave with a note of appreciation for the delivery drivers or mailman
- Make a goodie gift basket for a neighbor and add one or more
- Give to your cashier or waitress to brighten their day
- Have some on hand to give someone in public who looks like they are having a tuff day
- Leave some at random in your city
- Visit a rest home and pass some Love Pops out and have some conversations with the residents
- Visit a Children’s Hospital and pass out Love Pops
The possibilities to spread the love with your handmade Love Pops are endless.
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