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Homemade Valentines

Updated on July 18, 2012

Buying Valentine's Day cards can be expensive if you want something really nice.

If you're five years old and trying to buy Valentine's cards for your whole pre-school class of 25 kids, perhaps the boxed set will suffice. If you're a bit older and trying to impress the recipient of your Valentine, then you'll need to try a bit harder.

Hallmark and the other big names create some beautiful cards, but they have gotten expensive. A recent trip to Target made me realize that greeting cards have really gotten expensive. A single card with a few embellishments on it was $6.97!

Money is too tight for most to spend that kind of money on a single card. That money could be better spent on the actual gift. I'm going to share with you a few ways you can make a relatively inexpensive Valentine's Day card that is sure to impress.

Valentine (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Valentine (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Several years ago a co-worker showed me an origami heart that an old boyfriend had given her for Valentine's Day one year. I was so impressed with the intricacy and detail. I thought it would make a great gift for my new husband for our first Valentine's Day.

The friend found how to make them on YouTube and shared the information with me. I'm going to share it with you too. There are several videos on how to do it. If this one is confusing then you may want to try going to YouTube to look for others. Some seem to gloss over the most intricate part.

Practice a couple of times for a polished look.

Make a One-of-a-Kind Valentine Out of Scrapbooking Supplies

You can make some really unique Valentine's Day cards using pre-folded card stock with matching envelopes, scrapbook card stock, ribbon, scrapbook papers, craft scissors, punches and stickers. You can also cut out heart-shapes from just about anything. You can use old photos, magazines, scraps of material, ribbon, lace, etc. Look around, you'll be surprised how much stuff you actually have on hand that you can use.

I'm especially fond of self-adhesive card stock, self-adhesive ribbon, and 3d stickers. I'm not fond of gluing. They also make double-sided tape in a nice dispenser that makes this easier too. They also have glue dots. Play around with whatever works best for you. You made find it easier to keep a variety of kinds on hand if you really start to enjoy making your own cards and gift tags.

For the lettering you use on your Valentine's cards, you can try your hand at printing, calligraphy, cut out letters from magazines, or even buy stick-on letters. Make sure you have enough vowels to spell everything you want to say. You can also use a mixture of these for a very unique look.

Use your imagination. Think about the things you think of when you think about the person you're making the card for. What are their likes or dislikes? What are their hobbies or favorite past-times? Do they collect anything? Is there something or some place special to you both? If you can incorporate this element into your work of art, you're sure to elicit an emotional response when they open it.

I invite you to watch the video for some simple 3 inch Valentines you can easily make.

Make Some Ribbon Roses

Beautiful ribbon roses are easier to make than they seem. I learned to make ribbon roses just from watching the video you see below. I find her fingernails distracting, but if you can get past that you'll learn how to make beautiful ribbon roses.

The photo you see is of my first four attempts at making ribbon roses. I used a deep red ribbon that looks almost black. It's 1 1/2 inches wide and has a wire trim on both sides. I think the wire allows you to shape them better. I used about 18 inches of ribbon for each rose. You can attach your roses to wire floral stems using floral tape, you can whip-stitch them at the end (the part you hold) and sew them on to almost anything for decoration, or you can pin them to a package as an added embellishment to your gifts.

My First Attempt at Ribbon Roses

(c) KCC Big Country-These are the ribbon roses I made from watching the video
(c) KCC Big Country-These are the ribbon roses I made from watching the video

Easy Demonstration of How to Make Ribbon Roses (I Find Her Fingernails Distracting)

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      Jordon Taylor 

      6 years ago

      I love this idea!!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      7 years ago from Central Texas

      Awww....thank you JC.....I hope you have a fantastic Valentine's Day and everything goes exactly like you hope!

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      JC  

      7 years ago

      I thought these ideas were phenomenal !!!! thanks u really set my gears going and I think this years valentines will go extaticly because of you ...

      Thank-you so much , happy valentines day

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Emievil. I'm following Nelle's lead. :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey KCC. I see you're really starting early for Valentine's :). Hope I can also get some ideas cranking. Very interesting ideas you have here. Thanks.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for stopping by Tammy!

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      great ideas my kids will love these projects!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Journey. They're really easy to make and you can use them in so many ways. Have fun with it.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi KCC, I like these ideas! I'll be trying the ribbon rose.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      It'll be here before you know it, Ethel. :)

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I was going to say planning ahead eh but then relaised it is not that far away :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, Viryabo! Thanks for finding my hub on Snipsly and coming back over. That's cool. Yeah, Nelle is the reason I'm writing Valentine's now. :)

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      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      I've always wanted to know how to make ribbon roses. This video just put me through. (Ok my talons need to be cut off to work easier, but i need them for Xmas LOL!) Bookmarked.

      Thanks for this KCC. On a visit here from Snipsly.

      Smart of you getting ready for Valentine. Maybe i need to look far ahead too.

      Great article. Cheers.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad you enjoyed it alekhouse!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I loved this hub, KCC. You reallyincluded a lot of good ideas and images. Good videos too, especially the dollar oragami heart.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I'm actually 'behind' compared to Nelle. She's writing Mother's Day hubs already. LOL I have over 25 Christmas Hubs, and three or four January Hubs for New Years and Mardi Gras. I thought it might be time to move to Valentines Day.

      I know what you mean about buying so much stuff that you might as well bought the expensive card, but man, it's so much fun and you can use the stuff again on other holidays.

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      Dink96 

      8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I guess it's not too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day! I've made cards for several years now, but have found that you can easily spend more than what you would had you just bought a Hallmark card! But it's a lot of fun pulling all of the paper, embellishments, etc. out and going through the process of creating a card, rather than BUYING a card. Now you've got me dreaming about Valentine's Day cards---plus my wedding anniversary is the day before, so I guess I'd better put my thinking cap on!! Great hub, KCC!!!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Dohn! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What awesome ideas! Yes, greeting cards in general cost as much as paperback books nowadays! Thanks so much for sharing this, KCC Big Country. I'm bookmarking this one for later use ;)

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