Whether your child needs 30 cards for his entire class or you want to send a few love notes to friends and family, these homemade Valentines are simple and inexpensive to make. This guide is about homemade Valentine's Day cards.
I made this pretty exploding box Valentine card using a square milk carton for the basic box and some gorgeous vintage style wrapping paper. Total cost 50 cents!
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours including drying time for the glue
square milk or juice carton
craft glue, or glue gun
construction paper or thin card
Wash and dry out a milk or juice carton carefully. It may be easier to cut the top couple of inches off to do this and to make the rest of the cutting less fiddly.
About 4 inches from the bottom of the carton use you ruler to mark a line all the way around the carton. Cut this off keeping carton all in one piece, this will be your box.
Then mark and cut another piece, 3/4 of an inch wide in the same way from what is left, this will be the frame for the lid of the box.
Now cut from the top to the base of the box in each corner and flatten it out. It will be a cross shape. Use this to cut a template from an old cereal packet or construction card and then use that to cut 2 pieces of wrapping paper in the cross shape of the box.
Use thinly spread craft glue to stick one of the pieces of paper to each side of the carton cross and put it aside to dry. Return to the template and use it as a guide to cut two crosses from the construction card, one of these should be smaller than the other as in the picture. These will form the layers inside to box, but as they will be hidden by paper they do not need to be precise.
Using the photos as a guide use designs cut from the wrapping paper to decorate the first card cross then stick it to the centre of the carton cross. Once this is completely dry, repeat the process with the smaller card cross.
To finish off the centre use designs cut from the paper glued to a small piece of card and fix this to the centre of the smallest card cross.
To make the lid for the box cut a square of wrapping paper about 1/2 inch larger all around than the piece cut from the carton. Fold up and stick down the paper as if you were wrapping a parcel. This will form the lid. Cut a strip of wrapping paper about 1/2 inch wide and then stick this all the way around the lid to make it look tidy. The decoration on the box lid is made using the same method as the centre of the inside of the box.
Notes: Read instructions all the way through before beginning. Depending upon how far apart your holes turn out, you may need to ch 2 between the sc.
Prep The Card:
With a pencil lightly draw a heart, circle, or oval around the picture on the card. Cut out the shape, cutting just inside the pencil marks. On the back side draw a line about 1/8 inch from the edge. Then punch holes every quarter inch using the line as your guide.
Crocheting The Edging:
Round 1: Attach thread with a sc in one the hole just to the left of the dip. *Ch 1, sc in next hole. Repeat from * around, except work 3 sc in hole at tip of heart. Join in the first sc with a slipstitch.
Round 2: *Skip ch, 3 dc in next sc, slipstitch in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in the beginning slipstitch.
Hang a glow stick on his car mirror if you can. Have a tape ready in the player so when he starts his car, the song "You Light Up My Life" starts playing. Write "priceless" in the card. Use the for sale column in the newspaper in the card.
Write "Dad's an old smoothie, never rough on me." Use sandpaper and silk in card.
Write "Where have you bean all my life." Glue on a dried bean.
Kids will enjoy creating these quick and easy valentines for their friends. Best of all, they're inexpensive to make!
Approximate Time: About 30 minutes
2 colors of coordinating scrapbook paper
piece of plain white paper
new pencil or lollipop
To create the owl, draw a simple owl shape onto plain white paper. Also, draw 2 round circles for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and 2 hearts for the wings. (Refer to photo for a sample template.)
Cut out all pattern pieces.
Next, trace around the body onto one of the scrapbooking papers. Trace around the eyes, nose, and wings onto the other scrapbooking paper.
Use a black marker to color in half of each circle for the eyes.
Glue on eyes, nose and wings.
Turn the owl over, and use the black marker to write a valentine message on the back such as: "You're a hoot!" or "To a real WISE guy."
Turn the owl back over, with front facing up. Cut vertical slits about an inch apart near the bottom of the owl's body and slip a pencil or lollipop through the slits. Now your valentine is ready to present to your friend!
Make this card to show your sweetheart how much you love him.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes (if using the provided crossword)
8.1 inches x 11.6 inches red cardstock
7.4 inches x 4.9 inches black cardstock
left over red cardstock
utility knife (Stanley knife)
heart-shaped craft punch
3D self-adhesive foam squares
computer and color printer
3 sheets of ordinary white printer paper
matching envelope ~ I used a white envelope that I decorated with hearts
Either use the crossword puzzle that has been provided, or create your own crossword puzzle on your computer.
If using your own crossword puzzle, print the puzzle on a sheet of ordinary white printer paper.
Fold the red cardboard in half to create a card 5.7 inches x 8.1 inches ~ use a ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Using the black cardboard, leaving a space of 0.6 inches from the outer edges of this piece, cut out the inside with the utility knife so that you will have a black "frame."
Cut the crossword puzzle to the size 7.4 inches x 4.9 inches.
Glue the crossword puzzle to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
"Frame" the crossword puzzle with the frame cut from the black cardboard.
With the heart-shaped craft punch, punch out several hearts from the piece of red left-over cardboard.
Using the 3D self-adhesive squares, glue the hearts on the black frame around the card, ensuring that they are evenly spaced around the crossword puzzle.
If using your own crossword puzzle, print the clues to the crossword puzzle on a second sheet of ordinary printer paper. This must be handed to your loved one when giving him/her the card, as the idea is that your loved one must first solve the crossword puzzle before opening the card to read the message on the inside of the card.
On Microsoft Word, choose the option Insert Word Art. Choose a suitable letter type and type the solution to the scrambled letters of the crossword puzzle (in this case: FOREVER MINE), and then print it on the third sheet of ordinary white printer paper. Cut it to the correct size and paste it to the inside of the card.
Punch out a few more hearts with the heart-shaped craft punch and decorate the envelope. Remember to also add the clues for the crossword puzzle to the envelope when putting the card into the envelope!
Crossword Puzzle Clues:
This building in India is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love.
Usually, a loved one is showered with flowers and _____ on Valentine's Day.
In the film adaptations of the Twilight novels, Robert Pattinson plays a vampire falling in live with a _____.
This ship sank in 1912. It later featured as a movie with Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Nat King Cole said, "When I fall in love, it will be _____."
Valentine's Day commemorates this emotion.
Shakespeare wrote about the love between _____ and Juliet.
Use some marbled pink cardboard, double-sided glitter scrapbook cardboard, and a few odds and ends to make a Valentine's card for your loved one.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
8.2 inches x 5.7 inches pink marbled cardboard
1 sheet of double-sided glitter scrapbook cardboard
one die-cut message tag I used a tag with the message "hugs and kisses".
12 inches of 0.3 inch pink satin ribbon
3d self-adhesive foam squares
a pair of standard scissors
a pair of pattern edged scissors
Stanley knife (utility knife)
heart-shaped cookie cutter
sheet of ordinary soft pink paper
Fold the 8.2 inches x 5.7 inches marbled cardboard in half to create a card 5.7 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Cut two pieces sized 3.6 inches x 5.4 inches from the glitter scrapbook cardboard. Take one piece and glue it to the front of the card with the striped side facing up, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
Take the second 3.6 inches x 5.4 inches piece of glitter cardboard and cut it slightly smaller with the pattern edged scissors. Then, position the cookie cutter in the middle of this piece of cardboard and trace around the edges. Use the Stanley knife to cut out the heart.
Glue it to the front of the card with the flowered side facing up, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
Frame the card at the top and bottom with the satin ribbon and cut off any protruding pieces.
Create a 3D effect for the die-cut message tag. Use the self-adhesive foam squares to lift the tag off the background.
Use the cookie cutter to trace another heart from the glitter scrapbook cardboard, and cut this heart out with the pair of standard scissors.
Add self-adhesive foam squares to the back of the heart, and glue it in place on top of the first striped heart.
From the sheet of ordinary soft pink paper, cut a piece size 3.6 inches by 5.4 inches and glue it to the inside of the card to write a message.
Make your own unique Valentine's card to show that special person in your life just how much you care for them. All you need are a few scraps of paper, some wax crayons, and a touch of imagination. Add some kisses for a final flourish and you'll have the perfect greeting for February 14.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
scraps of thin cartridge paper or tissue paper
a blank card and envelope
a piece of coloured paper
a pair of scissors
a textured surface
a metallic pen
Find a textured surface such as a floor or wall panel from which to take a wax rubbing. Lay a piece of cartridge or tissue paper over the surface and rub a wax crayon over the paper until you get an impression. Rub a crayon in the opposite direction to build up the image.
Note: Use several different colours of crayons to add variety to your design.
Cut a square out of the textured paper from step 1 and glue it onto the front of a blank card. Leave to dry.
From a piece of coloured paper, cut out two heart shapes of slightly different sizes to fit within your textured background. Cut out a second heart from the centre of each shape to create a pair of heart silhouettes.
Arrange the heart silhouettes on to the textured background and glue into place. Let dry.
Use a metallic pen to draw a border around your finished design. Write a romantic greeting inside your card and then place it inside an envelope.
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This is a collection that my husband has made for me for Valentines Day for a number of years. We've been married 57 years so you can see the romance has not gone out of our marriage. A styrofoam heart reads "My heart is never heavy because you're mine". He glued hay (we are farmers) on one. It reads "Hay you! I love you!" I hope you can read some of the others.
Update: This is the 2008 addition to the collection of Valentines that I sent previously. So I'm still his Valentine! Thanks for your sweet comments.