DIY Valentine’s Day Card & Craft Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is a special occasion where people show their love and appreciation for those around them. It is a day of exchanging gifts that further show this admiration. What could be a better way of showing someone how much you care about them than by creating a handcrafted Valentine’s Day card?

Valentine’s Day cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some are decorated with flowers and hearts and inscribed with inspirations of love. Others accompany chocolates and cookies. Some cards do double duty as a flower arrangement or special toy. The various types of Valentine’s Day cards are endless. Make someone feel special by creating a unique card that comes from the heart.

Hand-sewn Valentine

Traditional Valentine’s Day cards can be fashioned from a variety of fabrics, materials and crafting supplies found around the home. To make a handmade card, start with a piece of paper folded in half. The card can be of any size or color. Paper that works well includes lightweight cardboard, cardstock or craft paper. The card can be embellished with a number of elements to add interest:

  • Cut heart and flower shapes from red and pink fabrics.
  • Use pipe cleaners or 3-dimensional glitter paint to create words.
  • Buttons and ribbons can be glued to the card in heart shapes.
  • Make decorative edges with pinking shears.
  • Create patterns with a hole punch. String ribbon through the holes to create a unique look.
  • For the look of paper with a thick, sturdy body, create your card by gluing paper to the front and back of two greeting card sized pieces of cardboard. Attach the two pieces to form a card by leaving half an inch of paper overhanging the cardboard on one side of each piece. Staple the two pieces together here.
DIY Valentine’s Day Card Craft Ideas DIY Valentine’s Day Card Craft Ideas

 

Hand-stamped Card

Ink stamping is an easy way to make a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day card. All that’s needed is a potato, a knife and an assortment of different color stamp pads or craft paints. Here’s how to make a stamp pad out of a potato:

  • Wash the potato and pat dry.
  • Cut the potato into 2 inch thick slices.
  • On the potato, outline the shape to be used as the stamp.
  • Carve around the outline so that the shape is raised (no more than 1/2 inch) against the rest of the potato piece.

When the stamp is finished, dip the potato stamp in the paint or the stamp pad ink. Press the potato onto the card and let dry.

Recycled Valentine’s Cards

Go green this Valentine’s Day and recycle old cards to make a new and original card. Pictures and verses can be cut out of old cards and glued to a piece of paper folded into a card. To add personality to the card, add ribbons, lace, glitter and sequins to fashion a card especially tailored for that specific person.

Valentine Coupon Book

Give that special Valentine a book of coupons which they can redeem for a variety of treats or favors. Coupons can be drawn by hand or designed in a favorite word processing or graphics program. Make a cover for the coupon book using heavyweight paper. Use a hole punch to make a hole in the same corner of each of the coupons and the cover. String a ribbon through the holes to keep the coupon book together.

Heart Cornucopia

Go straight to a loved one’s heart with some tempting cookies or desserts. Gifts of candies can be wrapped in a Valentine cornucopia. Make the cornucopia by forming a piece of paper into a cone. The open end of the cone can be cut into a scalloped edge to resemble a heart. Add a lace or doily handle and decorations to finish up the pretty package. All that’s needed is some culinary craftiness to complete the gift.

Sweet treats can also be put in small sealable plastic bags topped with a decorative label. To make the label, use a piece of paper the same width as the plastic bag, and fold it in half. Decorate the paper and staple to the top of the bag.

Valentine Spinners

Kids will love this Valentine toy. Make a spinning top out of a piece of paper and a lollipop.

  • Cut a 4” circle out of a piece of paper.
  • Decorate the circle with painted designs, glitter or heart stickers.
  • Make a small hole in the center of the circle. It should be smaller than the lollipop stick.
  • Push the lollipop stick through the hole.

There are many different variations of toys that can be fashioned in similar ways:

  • Instead of a lollipop, use a pencil, candle, magnifying glass or a rose
  • Replace the circle with a heart, a flower or a butterfly.
  • Craft a paper spinner to hang earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, a keychain or cuff links.
  • Let your imagination run wild!

Valentine’s Day is about letting people know that they are special. Nothing is more special that a token of your personal design. Create a Valentine’s Day card or craft that is uniquely made with each family member and friend in mind.

Last Updated: January 17, 2012
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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