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Paper Heart Pockets for Valentine's Day

Updated on January 2, 2013

Handmade Valentine

These heart-shaped checkerboard-patterned paper pockets are not only a great Valentine, they open up to hold candy. a gift card, jewelry or whatever. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make these fun Valentines.

Homemade Valentines
Homemade Valentines
Valentine Paper Pocket Craft Supplies
Valentine Paper Pocket Craft Supplies

What You'll Need

To make these paper pocket valentines, you will need:

> Construction paper in red, pink and white

> Scissors

> Pencil

Optional items are gifts and tissue paper to put inside the pocket, glitter or stickers for decorating, pens or markers for personalizing the valentine.

Valentine Craft - fold paper in half
Valentine Craft - fold paper in half

Getting Started

Grab your supplies and select two colors of construction paper. You can use pink and white, red and white (as shown in our photos) or pink and red.

Place the two sheets of construction paper together and fold them in half widthwise as shown.

Handmade Valentine - rounding the edges
Handmade Valentine - rounding the edges

Step Two

First Cut

Now cut this in half. You will be able to make two Valentines.

Round each corner with the scissors, on the opposite edge from where the fold is. This will form the rounded heart shape.

Homemade Valentine - cut the rows
Homemade Valentine - cut the rows

Forming the Rows

Second Cut

Now make three cuts of equal widths, beginning at the folded portion and going up to where the rounded edges are. Do not cut all the way to the edge. Make sure all the cuts are equal length.

Handmade Valentine - weaving
Handmade Valentine - weaving

Weave It!

Separate the two pieces and begin weaving them together to form the checkerboard pattern as well as the inside pocket. Begin weaving along the top near the rounded edges and work your way down to the "point" of the heart. Be careful not to tear the paper as you are weaving.

Woven Homemade Valentine
Woven Homemade Valentine

Keep Weaving

Catch the weave

Continue weaving, and don't worry if it looks a little funky, it's easy to straighten it out. Just be careful not to rip the paper.

Handmade Valentine
Handmade Valentine

Final Adjustments

Almost done!

Now, just make your final adjustments if any of the weaving is crooked, and you're all done! If you like, you can add stickers, glitter, or color on the handmade checkerboard paper pocket valentine. Don't forget to put something in the pocket. Wasn't that fun? So easy, crafty and inexpensive too! Happy Valentine's Day!

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