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Say it With Love: Easy to Make Valentine Cards

As I’ve said before, growing up in my family meant Valentine’s was a big deal. And part of that big deal was homemade Valentine cards. Store bought cards were a never, and recycling was a must. We would use the store bought cards from the year prior, cut them up, and embellish our current Valentine’s with them, a tradition that we stay true to even today. I love the idea of a homemade Valentine, so I thought I’d bring 5 easy ones that you can make at home. The idea is that they’re simple and quick, so you can create a classroom’s worth in an hour, and that’s with the kiddos helping. Read on crafty one. . .

Valentine Love Bugs

Annika from Cakes Likes A Party does everything in the cutest way possible–from party planning to door banners, it’s all adorable. This Valentine “favor” is no exception.

From Annika:

Whether you’ve got a lot of time or just a quick second, it is fun and easy to whip up some Valentine’s “Favors.”

  • Get out the paintbrushes! Let your wee one go crazy on butcher paper with pink, white & red paint!

  • While it’s drying, gather up some small figurines (you can find these in tubes at Michael’s or in the pinata section of most WalMarts for peanuts!) Give them another chance at life by spray gluing them, then dumping a fine glitter (we like Martha Stewart’s) all over them. You can also get the same effect by putting the both the glitter and glued up figurine in a paper bag and shaking. Let them dry.
  • Once everything is bone dry, cut the butcher paper into 4″widex3.5″tall rectangles and fold in half. Write something Valentine-y on the front and let your kiddo sign their name on the back.

  • Put the figuring into a 4″ wide cellophane bag (also found at Michael’s and cut down to fit the figurine), then staple the butcher paper over the bag and you’ve made yourself a cute little favor-esque Valentine.

 

 

Pop-up Valentine’s Card

Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance gave us this Valentine creation.

Supplies:

  •     1 sheet of pink cardstock paper
  •     2 sheets of white printer paper
  •     1 red marker or crayon
  •     Ruler
  •     Pencil
  •     Scissors
  •     Glue

Instructions:

  •     Cut your cardstock paper so that it is 8 inches long by 5 inches wide.
  •     Cut one piece of printer-quality paper to be slightly smaller than the dimensions of the pink cardstock paper, about 7.75 inches by 4.75 inches.
  •     Fold both the cardstock and the printer paper in half to create the seam in the card.
  •     With the printer paper still folded, make two cuts on the folded edge that go about halfway down the card. Make the cuts about a half-inch apart. Fold the cut area up to separate it from the rest of the white printer paper.
  •     Open up both the cardstock and printer paper, and glue the back of the printer paper to the inside of the cardstock. The half-inch slit that you cut out should be standing up when you open the card back up.
  •     With the other white printer paper, color an area red. Using your pencil and your scissors, draw a heart in the red area that you colored and cut it out.
  •     Glue your cut out heart to the pop-up slit made in the card.
  •     Decorate the front of the card to say whatever you would like, such as “Happy Valentine’s Day” or “You stole my heart!”

 

Embelished Hearts

Jeanette from Sunday School Genius brings us these Valentine ideas. . .

  • To make homemade Valentines, you need the right shapes and tools. Cookie cutters or stencils work great. Craft scissors add interest to basic shapes.

  • You can use paper or fabric flowers, plastic jewels, sequins or even stickers to dress your Valentine. On the right we have a number of hearts linked by jewel brads. Some handmade paper will give your Valentine a luxurious look. A peacock, cupid or dove can add a unique look to your Valentine too. Just draw something on thin cardboard, cut it out and you have a guide to make more beautiful shapes.
  • Satin or velvet bows really add to your Valentine’s appeal. For adhering paper to paper, glue sticks work great and children are pros with them. For adding sequins or any plastic embellishment, Elmer’s white glue works best. If you want to go deluxe and add lace trim, a glue gun is in order but that is not for children. They will enjoy selecting ribbons and lace to collaborate, though.
  • The thicker your paper, the better. I like to use cardstock for the base medium. You can use thinner paper on top but the shape will hold better in the large shapes if you use stiffer paper.

 

 

The Game: Love Wins at Tic Tac Toe

Michelle from Chelleline likes to say that she’s putting the “hand” back into “handmade”, which is evident with this cute card:

Supplies needed:

  • 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ folded card (or any cardstock or thick paper will do – dimensions need not be precise)
  • felt tip pen or colored penred
  • blue construction paper
  • gluestick
  • scissors

1. Cut 9 hearts from the red construction paper and 9 X’s from the blue construction paper.

2. Draw a tic tac toe grid with the felt tip pen in the middle of the card.

3. Now it’s time for the game! You and your child should decide who should use the X and who should use the heart. Glue the back of each shape as you play (alternative: play first and glue them after you are finished) Now play tic tac toe as you normally would.

4. You’re done! You now have an adorable Valentine for you and your child.

 

 

Puppy Love Card

This card, which was submitted by Fave Crafts, is cute, yet so easy for little hands to assemble–it’s just a bunch of hearts for them to glue!

Materials:

  •     Aleene’s® Paper Glaze
  •     Aleene’s® Crystal Clear Tacky Spray™
  •     Cardstock: Red, White, Black
  •     Permanent Marker: Black
  •     Microbeads: Clear
  •     Scissors
  •     Pencil
  •     Paper: Silver
  •     Making Memories Letter Stickers: Silver

Instructions:

  • Using photo as a guide, trace all pattern pieces on correct color papers. Cut out.
  • Spray one side of black hearts with Aleene’s® Crystal Clear Tacky Spray™. Turn over and place on top of large silver hearts. Spray one side of large red hearts with Tacky Spray and place on top of black hearts.
  • Spray one side of small white hearts with Tacky Spray. Press onto small silver hearts.
  • Place large hearts upside down and on top of each other. See photo. Spray tip of bottom heart with Tacky Spray. Place top heart right on top of sprayed area. Refer photo for placement.
  • Spray back of one small heart and press right side up in center of top heart for nose. Repeat for heart at chest. See photo.
  • On remaining 4 small hearts spray tips on backs and press on for ears and feet. See photo.
  • Draw in eyes with permanent marker. Apply sticker letters below heart on chest.
  • Apply Aleene’s® Paper Glaze to all small hearts and sprinkle on microbeads. Let dry.

 

If you really feel like getting crazy with your Valentine making (this one’s for YOU to do), check out this beautiful Valentine by Debra at Top This Wedding. Click here to see.

 

And, if you love all these ideas but art projects aren’t your thing, Cakes Likes a Party has something especially for you.  She’s pre-made Valentine’s favor tags that you can download by clicking here. Love is in the air.

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