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.
Prep the insole: The package I bought is from Kmart and included a template for different sizes. If your insole is like mine you will need to trim it to the smallest size.
On the wrong side, with a pencil, lightly draw a line about 1/4 inch from the edge. Then punch holes every quarter inch just on the line.
Crocheting the edging:
Round 1: Attach thread with a sc in one of the holes. *Ch 1, sc in next hole. Repeat from * around. Join in the first sc with a slipstitch.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch. *Skip one sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. On the curves of the toe and heel use your own judgment, I didn't skip a sc on those curves. Join with a slipstitch in the top of the beginning ch 3.
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Write your message on the insole with a permanent marker. U R MY SOUL MATE YOU ARE MY SOUL MATE YOU ARE MY SOLE MATE I LOVE U HEART AND SOUL I LOVE YOU HEART AND SOUL I LOVE YOU HEART AND SOLE
A funky handmade Valentine's card for the young-at-heart, an easy craft for children.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
a printed copy of the provided pattern sheet
8.2 inches x 5.5 inches lightly textured cream-colored cardboard
4 inches x 4 inches piece of red riffled cardboard
4 inches x 4 inches piece of black felt
one small red fabric bow
one pair of small wiggle eyes
the following two rhinestones: 1 red flat-back round rhinestone and 1 red flat-back heart rhinestone See http://www.dreamtimecreations.com/ for a possible supplier.
one red glitter pipe cleaner
pair of standard scissors
one heart-shaped cookie cutter
Pilot drawing pen, size 03
sheet of ordinary red paper
one matching envelope
Fold the 8.2 inches x 5.5 inches cream-colored cardboard crosswise in half to create a card 5.5 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter to trace a heart onto the red riffled cardboard and then cut it out.
From the pipe cleaner, cut two 1.5 inch arms and two 2 inch legs.
From the black felt, cut two hands and two feet, as well as a small mouth.
Bend each arm 0.3 inches from the one side to make an "elbow" for each arm.
Glue the arms and legs to the back of the heart. Remember to use only a small drop of glue for each arm and leg.
Now, glue the heart (with the arms and legs already in place) onto the front of the card.
Glue the felt hands and feet in place, again using only a small drop of glue to affix each hand and foot. Remember that the thumbs of the hands must be at the top.
Now glue the eyes and mouth onto the heart to make a face. Then, using the red flat-back round rhinestone for a nose, glue it in place too.
Glue the fabric bow in place at the top of the heart.
Glue the red flat-back heart rhinestone in place where the two hands overlap.
From the sheet of ordinary red paper, cut a piece sized 3.6 inches by 5.2 inches and glue it to the inside of the card. Using the Pilot drawing pen, write "My Valentine, I have your heart in my hands!" in ornamental writing on the piece of red paper that you have pasted on the inside of the card.
Photos included: Photo 1: The pattern sheet for the hands and feet. Photo 2: Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter to trace a heart onto the red riffled cardboard and then cut it out. Photo 3: Bend each arm 0.3 inches from the one side to make an "elbow" for each arm. Photo 4: Glue the felt hands and feet in place. Remember that the thumbs of the hands must be at the top. Photo 5: Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and bow onto the heart. Photo 6: Glue the red flat-back heart rhinestone in place where the two hands overlap. Photo 7: The completed card.
These are sure to brighten up any fridge and make a perfect little gift for grandparents.
Approximate Time: approximately 1 hour
clear contact paper
double back tape (DBT)
small photo of child
trims of your choice
Begin by making the photo figure. You can color your figure and design your card any way you choose. The ones shown here are only an example.
Print out the figure you want. Cut around it, leaving a slight edge.
Carefully cut out face where photo will go. Print photo and while it is still on your screen, test fit the figure to see if you need to adjust the size of the photo. When okay, print out photo.
Put a small piece of DBT on backside of figure, one at top and one at bottom. DO NOT peel backing off yet. This is just to hold it in place on cardstock backing.
Put small piece on back near face. Peel backing off this piece and adhere to photo. Trim away any photo paper sticking out from figure.
Peel off those other 2 pieces of tape and lay figure on cardstock. Trim around figure leaving a nice colored edge of cardstock.
Cover figure, front and back with clear contact paper. Tip: When covering with Con-Tact paper, always leave a slight edge of contact. This enables the front and back to stay stuck to one another and they won't peel apart.
Cover back side of figure with craft glue. Don't use too much. The magnet sheet has a sticky peel off backing, but some glue will ensure the figure will not peel off. I rubbed the glue flat all over the back side with my finger.
Now stick figure onto magnet sheet (sticky side). Cut around figure, even with edge of contact paper. You probably have a grin on your face about now. I know I sure did seeing my grandchildren's faces in these figures!
I folded a sheet of cardstock in half and then cut an inner folded piece, slightly smaller. I used the inner sheet to write my saying on with magic markers.
The hearts on my cards were drawn by my grandchildren so I decided to incorporate them as part of their cards.
On the left inner side, I signed the card at the bottom.
I used a bit of sticky tack (also known as poster putty) on the back of the magnets to stick them to the cards. This way they can just pull them off to put on the fridge.
My staff gets very little recognition. The least little bit of recognition makes them happy. We have a fabulous nursing team and every so often I like to tell them how much they are appreciated for the work they do. So this year on Valentine's Day I am making each one a Valentine greeting. It is simple and easy to make, yet spreads a bit of love around.
Confidence comes from within and is brought out by recognition. So "shower" someone you love and appreciate with this darling little Valentine greeting.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes for 10
1- 8 inch doily for each one
1 Dum Dum pop (each)
1 3D valentine sticker (each)
Cut the doily half way down from one edge to the middle.
Loop it over to make an umbrella shape. Tape the edge on both sides with a small piece of tape.
Next apply a Valentine 3D sticker to the area you taped. It will hide any area that is exposed.
Next take the Dum Dum sucker and glue it with a low temperature glue gun to the inside top of the umbrella where it peaks.
Display it with a sign announcing that you are a blessing and much appreciated.
For a special Valentine's Day cards make snowflake hearts, just as you would make paper snowflakes but in the shape of hearts. Cut out a large heart, fold it a few times, then take a pair of scissors and cut different shaped wedges around the edges. Unfold it and you have a snowflake heart! Paste it to to some colored card stock and write a message for your loved one.
Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a heart-shaped paper punch to create two stickmen hugging each other for this fun Valentine's card.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
8.2 x 8.2 in pink cardstock
dark pink sugar paper
light pink sugar paper
white sugar paper
pink and blue square grid Washi tape
dark pink and light pink paper craft string
4 pearl heart pony beads
leftover piece of grey felt
8 3D self-adhesive foam squares
Artline 210 Fineliner Pen
craft glue, pencil, ruler, and scissors
red watercolour pencil
heart-shaped paper punch
2 in heart-shaped cookie cutter
Score the 8.2 x 8.2 inch pink card stock length-wise to create a card sized 8.2 x 4.1inches.
Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter. Trace one heart onto the dark pink sugar paper and one onto the white sugar paper, cut them out and with the fold at the top, glue them to the front of the card.
Use the Artline Fineline Pen to draw arms and legs for the stick men.
Use the paper punch and punch three hearts from the dark pink sugar paper and three from the white sugar paper. Glue two of each in place as the stick men's feet, and the third of each as the hands.
Glue the pony beads in place as eyes, and use the pen to add facial details. Also, use the pen to draw detail on the shoes.
Use the paper craft strings to tie a little bow, and glue this on top of the one heart.
Trace the template of the hat onto the felt, cut it out, and glue it on top of the other heart.
Glue two strips of Washi tape in place on both sides of the card.
Punch eight hearts from the light pink sugar paper and use the 3D self-adhesive foam squares to affix them to the card.
Use the red watercolor pencil to add some color to the stick mens cheeks
Photo 1: Pattern card for the felt hat. Photo 2: Use the Artline Fineline Pen to draw arms and legs for the stick men. Photo 3: The stick mens' facial features. Photo 4: Glue two strips of Washi tape and punched hearts in place. Photo 5: The complete
Use a cookie cutter to trace hearts onto different shades of sugar and tissue paper. Glue the hearts onto card stock to create a 3D flower effect for your sweet Valentine.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
8.2 x 5.6 in light pink marbled cardstock
dark pink sugar paper
light pink sugar paper
light pink tissue paper
pink and blue square grid Washi tape
purple scrapbook letter stickers
14 small light purple-colored flat-sided rhinestone beads
five small clear flat-sided rhinestone beads
craft glue, pencil, ruler, and scissors
2 in heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Score the 8.2 x 5.6 inch pink marbled card stock length-wise to create a card sized 5.6 x 4.1inches.
Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter. Trace four hearts onto the dark pink sugar paper, cut them out and with the fold at the left, glue them to the front of the card.
Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter again to trace four hearts onto the light pink sugar paper and cut them out.
Use a pencil to roll the rounded points of each heart petal inwards to create a curved flower petal. Add a small drop of glue to each petal and glue it to the front of the card, so that the light pink petals will overlap with the darker petals.
Repeat steps 3-4 with the tissue paper.
Use eleven of the purple rhinestone beads and the five clear rhinestone beads to add "pollen" to the flower.
Glue the Washi tape in place at the top and bottom of the card.
Use the scrapbook stickers to spell out "Be Mine" on the bottom piece of Washi tape, and add the finishing touches with the final three purple rhinestone beads.
If you enjoy making cards instead of buying them, here are 3 fun Valentine cards for kids. Children can help make them for their classmates!
Approximate Time: time will vary
fun foam (your choice of colors)
double back tape (DBT)
thin cardboard (the back of a notebook works great)
string and 2 pom poms per card
photo of child
boxed candy such as Conversation Hearts
Purchase the boxed candy you want to use first so you know the size that you will need to cut foam.
Cut a piece of foam so it covers one side of box.
Print out small pictures of child. I covered mine in clear contact with a backing paper behind it and wrote message on that.
Cut a circle from foam for front.
Adhere using DBT or glue.
Glue rhinestone in middle and draw 4 little arrows around it with black marker.
Use double back tape and adhere iPod to piece of cardboard, the same size.
Punch hole at top through foam and cardboard back.
Loop string through hole and glue or sew pom poms on for ear plugs.
Adhere iPod to candy box using double back tape.
thin cardboard or poster board
double back tape
thin candy to slide into phone
Cut both phone pieces from cardstock.
Lay strips of DBT on edges of phone base where indicated on pattern. If DBT is wide, cut in half length wise. Peel backing off tape and lay on to poster board. Cut around backing. You should now have a phone base with a top opening.
Try sliding headpiece in to ensure fit. See photo for fit.
Punch hole in receiver and one in base. See photo.
Tie yarn into knot through both holes for cord.
Lay both pieces on table and outline with marker. Use metallic colors on dark cardstock so it shows.
Make dots on ear pieces. See photo.
Write part of the saying on headpiece where it shows when inserted into base and write the other on the square connected to headpiece.
Any flat candy that will slide in between the 2 paper phone bases will work.
Saying Suggestions: I'm just calling . . . to say I love you Ring-Ring went the phone . . . Beat-Beat went my heart Calling on you . . . 2 B My Valentine
double back tape
photo of child
Using pattern, cut rocket from your color choice of paper.
Place pattern on fold where indicated on pattern. Cut out hole for photo. Don't worry if not trimmed perfectly. If you use glitter glue to trim, all imperfections will be hidden.
Make a slit with a craft knife right in the crease, long enough to slide wings through.
Cut out wings and slide through slit. Tape on back to secure.
Print photo and place behind window opening. Tape in place.
Use double backed tape and secure front and back piece together.
Punch holes along bottom for ribbon.
Cut lengths and slide each through a hole. Tie into knot.
Let child decorate cards. Tubes of glitter glue work well, but allow to dry overnight before continuing.
Once dried well, write saying on card. If using dark color for card, write in silver marker or gel pens so writing shows up well.
Need a last minute valentine craft? My year old granddaughter and I made 25 of these for her class in about 90 minutes. We call them Heart Posies.
Approximate Time: 5 minutes or less, depending on age
Red Construction paper (1 full page makes 12-16 hearts)
Suckers (dumdums, tootsie pops, etc)
masking tape or white floral tape
optional small white doilies
Step 1: Take 1 full sheet red construction paper and fold it in half and half again. You have 4 folded strips, cut them. Now fold in 3 or 4, depending on the size of the sucker.
Step 2: Take 4 of the pieces, stack fold together in half. Do a quick heart cutout of 4 at the same time. Do a little blunt cut at the bottom (instead of pointed heart).
While folded, do a little snip triangle at the fold so when open you have a hole for the sucker stick at the bottom.
Step 3: Put sucker through the little hole of all 4 pieces, and spread them around, 4 leaf clover style.
Optional: Next is to poke sucker through doily.
Step 4: Have a piece of masking tape or floral white tape handy. Pull all petals up in hand and hold like a real flower with the sucker in the center. Quickly, wrap the tape under petals to hold it. Then apply scotch tape at an angle on the stick to go up and down. This will keep the tape tight. You may find shortcuts in doing this that work as good.
Optional Holiday: Do it for St Patrick's Day with cut out 4 leaf clover, Easter with eggs, etc
I have done this candy card for my husband a few times in 11 years. It is cheap and easy. All you need is a piece of poster board, a marker, and candy bars. Write a letter on the poster board to go with the candy. I use tape to put the candy on the poster board. My husband loves it! Here is the latest one I gave him:
To my HOT TAMALE,
I hope you SNICKER when you read this. I love you to PIECES (REESES). Your love is as exciting as getting 100 GRAND on PAYDAY to spend on 5th AVENUE. My HEART skips a beat each time you KISS (KISSABLES) me. You are a-MAZING and MOUNDS of fun. So sit back and TAKE 5 BABY (RUTH). Love your NUTRAGEOUS SWEETHEART!.
PS: I used a marker to darken the words on the candy I didn't use such as ABLE on KISSABLES.
Source: I came up with the idea for a letter after seeing all the "one-liners" (You're such a "SMARTIE") out there.
This is a cute card kids can make themselves to let the special people in their lives know that they are their "biggest fans".
Approximate Time: 30 minutes.
2 paper doilies, round or heart shaped
red construction paper
length of ribbon, red or pink
Draw and cut two hearts from the red construction paper. Glue each heart to a paper doily.
Glue the top of a craft stick to the back of one of the doilies, at the bottom of the heart. Glue the back of the other doily-heart to the back of this one, covering the top of the craft stick. Allow the glue to dry.
Write "I am You're Biggest Fan" on one of the hearts, and "Happy Valentine's Day" on the other, and don't forget to sign your name.
Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow around the craft stick, just below the hearts.
To create this card, cut a horizontal sheet of paper from left to right (ending up with two long strips of paper). Fold one in half. Cut a 3 x 3 sheet of tissue paper and fold into the wrapper shape then secure to the card with a piece of double stick tape. Using tacky glue, attach the stems of the flowers into the wrapper first and then glue on the chocolate pieces. Attach rectangles of complementary colored paper to the cover and inside with more double stick tape. Finally, embellish the card with your own Valentine's Day sentiment!
I recently took a trip to the Dollar Store and noticed that they sell Valentine's Cards with Lollipops included. 10 of them for $1. I thought it would be a much better idea to make my own with a few craft supplies and it would be less expensive! Good craft for kids.
card stock (various colours)
rubber stamps for stamping, or pens/crayons for drawing or stickers
a bag of lollipops or other candy.
To be frugal, you can use a 8x11 inch sheet to make 8 cards. Fold sheet in half, then in half again, and once again in half! Then open up again and cut where you folded which will give you 8 small cards.
Decorate card with crayons, stamps, stickers. Punch holes at the top of the card and into the wrapper of the lollipop or candy. With a ribbon, tie the candy to the card. That's it! If you can manage to use recycled paper and ribbons you can make 50 of these for about a dollar!
Other items to attach besides candy (baggie with a homemade cookie or treat, friendship bracelets, fruity lip balm...)
Foamies have become very popular during the past couple of years. You can find them in all shapes and sizes and for almost every holiday. They are great for children's craft projects, but anyone can use them to make easy, creative greeting cards. I found a big tub of Valentine's Day foamies at Walmart for just a couple of dollars, so I decided to try my hand at making homemade Valentine's Day cards with them.
This Valentine's Day project is a great activity to do with your kids. Children as young as toddlers can stick the foamies on the cards after you have done the initial cutting and gluing. Preschoolers can even help with that part. While I was getting the cards ready to put together, I gave my toddlers some blank paper and a handful of heart-shaped foamies, and they had a great time sticking them all over their pieces of paper.
I came up with four different designs for my Valentine's Day cards. The materials listed below will make one of each of the four cards.
Four pieces of red card stock
One piece of white card stock
Valentine's Day foamies
Paper cutter, scissors
First use the paper cutter to cut the red card stock into the desired sizes for your cards. I usually determine the sizes of my cards by the envelopes I have to put them in. I have a stack of envelopes of all different sizes, so each card can end up being a different size.
Turn the first card to open horizontally. I cut out four small squares of white card stock to glue in the center of the card to form one large square, with just a little space in between squares. I then placed a large red foamie heart in the center of each white square.
This card will also open horizontally. For this one I cut out eight small white squares and glued them in two rows of four squares across the face of the card. In the center of each square I placed a small heart foamie, alternating pink and red hearts. I trimmed the bottom edge of the front of the card with decorative scissors.
Turn this card to open vertically. I cut a large square out of white card stock and trimmed around all the edges of the square with decorative scissors. I glued the white square in the center of the card and placed a large red foamie heart in the center of the square.
This card will also open vertically. First I cut a piece of white card stock into the shape of a rectangle, to be slightly smaller than the face of the card. I next trimmed around the edges of the rectangle with decorative scissors. I then cut two red pieces of cardstock into the shapes of squares and glued them one above the other inside the white rectangle. Next I cut out two white squares to fit inside the red squares. Lastly, I placed a medium-sized red foamie in the center of each white square.
That's it! These Valentine's Day cards are fun for anyone to make. You can make them in less than half an hour and people will think you slaved over them for hours! More photos of finished Valentine's Day cards: http://www.crafty-moms.com/valentines-day-card-foamies.shtml By Rachel Paxton from Washington State
When buying cards for Valentine's Day or other special occasions, the really pretty ones with the glitter usually cost more than the ones without glitter. I decided to start purchasing the plain, but pretty cards, that don't have glitter and add the glitter myself using glitter paint. It can be purchased at any craft store for under $2.00. Simply squeeze some of the paint onto various areas of the card and set aside to dry. When dry, they sparkle and the glitter doesn't come off like it does on the cards you buy that already have the glitter on them. One bottle of glitter paint will decorate many, many cards.
These cute Valentine cards are easy to make and fun to give! Even small children can put them together.
For each puppy, cut the following from construction paper:
one large heart
one medium heart
five small hearts
one very small heart
Glue the medium heart onto the point of the large heart to attach puppy's head to the body. Glue the small hearts in place for feet, ears and tail. Glue the very small heart in place for the nose. Use a pen to add eyes and a special message.
After the holidays we often have copies of photos of our kids that lack the quality fit for using in a scrapbook. Some of these photos have a good picture of your child but there is a problem with someone or something else in the photo. So, instead of "chucking" these photos, make use of them for Valentines Day. Cut out your child's photo from the print, and use it to make a one-of-a-kind Valentine. I worked on this project one year with my son, and we had a blast writing captions to fit the photos. For example, one photo had him messily licking icing from a bowl. The caption read, "You and I can lick anything together, Valentine." With a photo of a funny face we added, "Be my Valentine, and we'll have lots of fun together." Now, with the use of digital cameras, the applications of creating personalized Valentines is limitless.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have some darling, easy cards to make from just construction paper, craft glue, markers and googly eyes (optional).
Using brown construction paper, take one corner diagonally down to the opposite side of the paper (like making a triangle.)
Cut the strip of paper below that. Now it IS a triangle.
Turn the triangle paper so that the flat side is up, and the point is toward you. Hold a ruler to the flat side of the triangle and pinpoint the middle. Now, take each side of the top and fold (from the middle point) diagonally down so that now all three points of the triangle are toward you. There's your dog with it's floppy ears.
Either draw eyes or glue googly eyes on, draw a nose and a mouth, then write your message on the outside of one ear, then lift it and put another message under the flap. Very fun and easy.
Fold a piece of construction paper the short way.
Draw an outline of a cat, making sure the ears, top of the head, and tip of the tail connect with the fold.
Cut it out and glue on googly eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.
Then open your cat card and put a message inside. This one is also very cute, and extremely easy. Finally, fold a piece of cardstock in half the short way and cut in half. (You can make two cards out of this one.)
Take a piece of aluminum foil and fold in half.
Cut out a half-heart shape, so that when you open the foil, you have a heart.
Using a glue-stick, carefully spread glue on the dull side of the foil and press onto the front of your card.
Decorate with stickers or whatever. Then put a message inside. Very nice look with the foil heart. This Valentine's Day, make your cards rather than buy them!
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.