Super easy homemade Valentine’s Day cards

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The origin of Valentine’s Day is still somewhat a mystery. One legend is that our Valentine’s Day is based on the Roman’s festival called Lupercalia that warded off wolves. Another belief is that St. Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome who married forbidden couples secretly. Yet another legend is that Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. One thing is certain; today Valentine’s Day is a day to show love. Nothing says “I Love You” quite like a homemade card. They are fun to make and great to receive. Here are some simple ideas for making cards with the kids. Teachers, friends and family will feel the LOVE with these keepsakes.

Valentine's Day: Hidden Heart cards. photo by Jolene Ewert
Valentine’s Day: Hidden Heart cards. photo by Jolene Ewert

Hidden Heart Cards

You Will Need:

  • hole punch
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • string, yarn or twine
  • markers or crayons
  • small glitter hearts (purchased or you can make your own)

Instructions:

  1. Fold one piece of cardstock in half. Cut along the line. Fold each half in half again to make 2 cards.
  2. Using your hole punch, punch a hole through both sides of one card toward the end you will open (about ½ inch from edge).
  3. Open card up. Run your string or yarn through holes (the card will tie shut when you are done).
  4. On the yarn inside the card, an adult can now use a drop of hot glue to glue the heart on. Then, use another drop of glue to glue an edge of the heart down to the inside of the card.
  5. Close the card and write your message on the front and open again to write your message on the inside. Examples- Outside: Psst…, Inside: My heart belongs to you! Outside: Guess What?, Inside: I love you!! Feel free to write any message you like. Younger kids could just use xoxo or draw a picture.
  6. Tie the string/yarn/twine to close the card and you are ready to give your Valentine!
Valentine's Day: All Laced Up Cards. photo by Jolene Ewert
Valentine’s Day: All Laced Up Cards. photo by Jolene Ewert

All Laced Up Cards

You Will Need:

  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • markers/crayons
  • magnet
  • photo of child

Instructions:

  1. Cut a large heart out of a piece of cardstock.
  2. Punch out an even amount of holes all around the outside of the heart about ½ inch from edge.
  3. Lace a piece of ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top of the heart.
  4. Cut a small heart out of construction paper small enough to fit inside your lace heart. Glue the smaller heart onto the center of your lace heart.
  5. Cut the photo to fit on top of the small heart and glue on. (If you don’t have a photo, you could just draw a picture or write a message).
  6. Glue a magnet onto the back of your valentine. It is now ready for the fridge or gifting!
Valentine's Day: Stamped with Love cards. photo by Jolene Ewert
Valentine’s Day: Stamped with Love cards. photo by Jolene Ewert

Stamped With Love

You Will Need:

  • cardstock
  • finger paints (red or pink)
  • markers or crayons
  • paper plates

Instructions:

  1. Fold a piece of cardstock in half, cut along the line. Fold each half in half again and cut along lines (You will have enough for 4 cards with one sheet of cardstock).
  2. Pour a small amount of the paint onto a paper plate.
  3. Dip thumb into paint and then onto the card. Repeat again to make a heart out of your thumbprints. Make as many hearts as you desire. Allow paint to dry.
  4. Using markers or crayons, write a message on the card.
  5. Pass out to family and friends, mail to Grandma and Grandpa or make a special one for your Teacher!

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