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Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

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.

A Valentine's Day window card with candy hearts.
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February 9, 2011 Flag

Exploding Box Valentine CardI 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



  1. 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.
  2. Clean and cut box.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

By Ayesha from Slovenis EU


February 10, 2011 Flag
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Crochet edged card.A special Valentine for someone special.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes max



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. Supplies.

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.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

By Suzetta from Bellingham, WA


January 14, 2015 Flag
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Valentine's Day is a fun day for young and old. Children love making cards for those they secretly admire. What can be more fun than a card with a cute little dog and a "I Woof You" message? Your child will love making this card and spreading some fun and cheer at school.

finished card

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February 9, 2010 Flag

With some fabric scraps, cardstock, and a few other supplies, kids can create these cute kitty Valentine cards in no time at all.

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January 25, 2011 Flag

Kids will enjoy creating these quick and easy valentines for their friends. Best of all, they're inexpensive to make!

Polka dot owl Valentine card.

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February 7, 2016 Flag
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This Valentine's Day, make your sweetheart a card with Cupid as the focus point of the card. As the symbol widely associated with love and affection, this Cupid will make sure that your message of love won't be lost!

finished Cupid card

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February 1, 2013 Flag
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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.

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February 12, 2011 Flag

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.

Blue and white heart card.

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February 1, 2012 Flag

Use different sizes of hearts to create a cute puppy dog card for someone special. Kids will love creating these.

Compleded puppy Valentine card.

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February 3, 2016 Flag
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Here is a cute, simple, and easy card that you can simply make with things in the house. Simple materials and steps make it easy to create this in a limited time.

Valentine's Day Card

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February 11, 2011 Flag
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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.

Valentine umbrella

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February 7, 2013 Flag

These butterfly cards are so cute and fun to make! You can customize their wings however you want.

tootsie pop butterfly

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February 18, 2008 Flag
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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.

By Frances from Tarzan, TX



2008 Valentine

February 11, 2010 Flag
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Make a Valentine card from recycled packaging. This is so simple and so cute. Whenever you purchase an item with the plastic bump out type packaging, save it for a treat card.

A Valentine's Day window card with candy hearts.

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February 10, 2009 Flag

Make a pretty love note and display it using memo or note holder this Valentine.

Valentine note

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