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Homemade Valentine Cards - Fun Project for Kids

Updated on March 29, 2013

Homemade Valentines

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Valentine's Day holds special memories for me because my mom always spent time helping me make my own Valentines when I was a child. She taught me all of the techniques her own mother taught her. I never handed out store bought cards.

Not only did I get to spend special time with my mother, but I also had a lot of fun creating the beautiful cards. When I took the cards to school to share with my friends and classmates, my colorful cards always stood out from the flimsy, store bought valentines.

To make this time consuming project go smoothly, be sure to gather your supplies ahead of time. If you have leftover hearts, cards, or other supplies, simply store everything away for next year's cards.

Make Lots of Hearts

Hearts: Step-by-Step

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Make Different Sizes

The folds to make smaller cards.
The folds to make smaller cards.

More Fun Heart Ideas

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Save the papers you cut the hearts out of.  You can paste them on the outsides and insides of your cards.Glue them inside your cards.Match the creases together.Then, when the card is opened, there will more hearts.
Save the papers you cut the hearts out of.  You can paste them on the outsides and insides of your cards.
Save the papers you cut the hearts out of. You can paste them on the outsides and insides of your cards.
Glue them inside your cards.
Glue them inside your cards.
Match the creases together.
Match the creases together.
Then, when the card is opened, there will more hearts.
Then, when the card is opened, there will more hearts.

Flower Heart Step-by-Step

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Match the holes together.Glue the heart petals together.Stick the lollipop through the holes.
Match the holes together.
Match the holes together.
Glue the heart petals together.
Glue the heart petals together.
Stick the lollipop through the holes.
Stick the lollipop through the holes.

Decorate Those Hands

How to Make Cutout Hearts

You will want to make a lot of these before you start making the cards. Make them in different sizes - small, large, long, short, fat, skinny - and different colors. Your children can help you cut the hearts out as long as you have child-friendly scissors for them (and they will have fun doing it).

First, fold your paper because you will want to work along a crease. Unless you want a huge heart, don't fold an entire piece of paper in half. Fold it so it will be a good width for half of a heart.

Next, starting at the crease, draw half of a heart. Then, keeping the paper folded, cut along the line you just drew. Unfold your heart.

To make your hearts a little more fun, you can even fold them in half and cut smaller hearts out of them.

As you practice this, you will find you don't even need to draw the heart before cutting.

How to Make Base Cards

Making the base cards is really easy. Basically, choose the size you want to make, and cut them out.

For a bigger card, fold your paper in half lengthwise (so the shorter ends meet each other). Unfold and cut along the crease. Then, fold each half lengthwise to create your card.

If you want a smaller card, fold the paper in half lengthwise. Instead of cutting, though, you will want to fold it again, so the paper is creased into four rectangles.

Now, cut along the creases. You will have four rectangles. Fold these into cards.

Here are some tips on creasing paper.

The Traditional Cards

I’m calling these the traditional cards because they are the most basic ones I made as a child.

Supplies:

  • Base cards
  • Cutout hearts
  • Glue
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Decorations (buttons, ribbon, lacy paper, etc.)

Assembly:

Decorate each card with cutout hearts and other decorations. Write a little note and/or draw a picture inside each card.

You can also cut a heart out of the fold in one if the base cards. Set the heart aside, but glue the cut card inside of a card of another color. When you open the card, you will see a heart. To fancy it up, glue a piece of lacy paper between the two cards, so you will have a lacy heart.

Flower Heart Cards

These adorable cards are super easy to make, and way too cute.

Supplies:

  • 4 cutout, cardstock hearts for each card
  • 1 hole puncher
  • Glue
  • Lollipop

Assembly:

Stack the hearts together, then punch a hole about ¼” from the bottom. Now, position the hearts so they look like flower petals, lining the holes up. Glue the petals together around the holes. After the glue is dry, insert the lollipop through the hole. Write your Valentine message on the heart petals.

A Handful of Valentines

These sweet cards will definitely be unique no matter who makes them!

Supplies:

  • Colorful construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Decorations (like ribbon, candies, cutout hearts)

Assembly:

Trace the little hands onto the construction paper, and then cut them out. Simply decorate the cards by drawing and gluing on fun stuff.

The Best Valentines

It might seem like quite a project, but making these cards is worth it. You will be creating unique cards, and making wonderful family memories. Plus, you will encourage your children to be more creative and imaginative.

When you help your kids make these cards, I bet you will start feeling more like a kid too! Let this project help you get into the Valentine frame of mind.

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      Too cute! I love the lollipop one!

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Very good hub Stacey, I like the lollipop one too. I can definitely refer to this hub soon, I have a ten year old daughter. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Good one sweetie I need a digital camera...you can also use stickers on the cards  children love that....You could even print thumbprint photo's and add behind the open hearts...for those special people like G-Ma's and mom's and aunts and uncles and so on.....

      you do a great job my love...I am back to work on Monday  G-Ma :O)

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      My niece would love this, I will pass this to her. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Stacie, Great hub. I love how you put everything out there, step, by step and also the links to the other hubs. I have 4 young kids, so I will definitely bookmark this one and we'll get crafty this long holiday weekend. Cheers! Steph

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      djtphn1 9 years ago from Riverside County, California

      Very original idea....I never thought to take my own pictures at times when appropriate.....dahhhhh...

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      It's great how creativity can turn the ordinary into something really cute...cool...

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      Tiddledeewinks 9 years ago

      Great idea for doing with the kids!

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      C.M. Vanderlinden 9 years ago from Metro Detroit

      Great hub, Stacie. I am going to do this with my kids---we'll let you know how they turn out :)

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      Gift Scout 9 years ago from Claremore, Oklahoma, USA

      Great ideas, wonderfully presented. Thanks!

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      mothersguide 9 years ago from Malaysia

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Especially liked the lollipop one.

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      These are really pretty - great hub!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks everyone, hope you have fun making some cards this year!

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      I'm not much into these crafts, but this is a great hub. Details are awesome and instructions are easy to follow.

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      seamus 9 years ago

      These are super cute! I wrote a hub about toddler activities. I'm going to use your beautiful hub for inspiration -- not the content -- but the layout and style.Very inspiring!

      And then I'm going to do some of these craft projects with my little one. Thank you!

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      Evelyn Lim 9 years ago from Singapore

      Very good hub with lots of pictures for illustration. My kids will love trying these ideas out, I'm sure!

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      Garden Furniture 9 years ago from Harrogate

      Great hub and very interesting hubpage.

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      alfreem 9 years ago

      What a great hub, fantasic ideas.

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      rkat 9 years ago

      Valentine cards made by your kids are always more meaningful than a store bought valentine card. Great idea for Valentines

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      AnnaEstelle 9 years ago from Boston

      This is a truly thoughtful idea-I never handed out store bought cards either and the art of crafts has been declining rapidly as technology looms larger on the horizon. Kids need to play with glue and glitter and a giant stack of construction paper! I'm sending this link to an art teacher friend of mine who'll flip over these projects. Thanks!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I hope you all have fun making them. The best part is that they are more meaningful, but also create memories while you make them.

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      Samashyle 9 years ago

      I am new and checking out the hubs yours is very neat. I also get my kids to make homemade valentines as they are more special.

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      creatingwealth 9 years ago

      Cute! Happy Valentines day!

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      seamus 9 years ago

      I came back here to give this a thumbs up.

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      creatingwealth  9 years ago

      good idea =]

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      maham 9 years ago

      ill try to make them thanks for sharring

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      Robyninga 9 years ago from Georgia

      Very good hub! Kids do love projects like this!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I just love the heart flower. My kids will love this. Thanks.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Valentine's Day cards for children seems a bit, well, odd to me.

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      Mr Nice 8 years ago from North America

      Hi Stacy.

      Beautiful valentine's day cards for little girls & boys. I believe they are the innocent true lover's.  For them it's just fun. Come visit my Valentine's day hub it's about big boys & big girls.

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      cindizzj@yahoo.co 7 years ago from Northern California

      Hi, how cool. I miss making cards.

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      me 7 years ago

      i love these

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      amy 7 years ago

      i love the lollipop one it is cute and love the step by step pictures! Thanks

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      bianca  7 years ago

      guys i think that this is amazing for the little kids ......................................... I hope they don't say nothing bad about this ;)

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      holley  6 years ago

      hey thank you

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      stunning stac

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      Aga 3 years ago

      What a great idea. These are so adorable!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Love making Valentines. The lollipop was a new idea. The timing is perfect. Noticed a craft store going out of business yesterday headed there today for lace doilies. Thumbs up, interesting and awesome!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Very cute! What a great project for the kids. I love the wonderful ideas.

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