Handmade Valentine cards are a fun and easy way for kids to show their loved ones how much they appreciate them on Valentine’s Day. Making Valentine’s Day cards can turn into an exciting afternoon project to brighten a cold winter day. With a few simple supplies, kids can create elaborate and beautiful valentines straight from the heart.
Lacy, Victorian Style Valentine’s Day Cards
Paper doilies, with their delicate designs and textured surface, are the perfect foundation for homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Available in several sizes and shapes, paper doilies also come in colors around the holiday. Metallic gold and silver doilies, red doilies, and pink doilies combine well with the traditional white. Small red hearts with fancy cut-out designs are made around Valentine’s Day as well.
Children can create very elaborate cards by gluing various doilies together using a glue stick. For the center, a construction paper heart provides the perfect spot to write a personal message. A red heart doilie of the same size can be creased by folding the top of the heart down about half an inch. Unfold it, and glue the top to the construction paper heart to make a flap which can be raised and lowered.
Decorating your valentine card is fun and easy. Cut out images of cherubim, flowers, and hearts from magazines and catalogs, and glue them to the card. Heart stickers and other Valentine’s Day themed stickers are readily available, but can add a bit to the cost. These beautiful Victorian Valentine’s Day cards make lovely decorations for the season, and kids really enjoy creating them.
Personalized Photo Frame Valentine’s Day Cards
Kids can create custom photo frame cards with cardboard, a bit of ribbon, wrapping paper and Mod Podge. A special, laminated picture of your child enjoying a day with the card’s recipient makes a very personal Valentine’s Day card. Using a craft knife, adults will need to cut heart shaped “frames” out of cardboard for the children.
Kids can use the Mod Podge to paint the surface of the frame and then adhere bits of Valentine’s Day wrapping paper to completely cover it. Adding stickers and images cut out from catalogs gives the frame a bit more interest. Write a personalized message on a heart shaped piece of construction paper, and position this in the point of the heart either above or below the opening to give this card an extra special touch.
Painting Mod Podge over the finished design will add a protective coating and ensure that this gift lasts. Glue the photo to the back of the card. Adhere a small length of ribbon folded into a loop, and cover the entire heart with a layer of wrapping paper on the back. Mod Podge this as well. Your finished photo frame valentine can be hung up and enjoyed for years to come.
Magnetic Valentine’s Day Cards
Any small, handmade Valentine’s Day card can be transformed into a keepsake with the addition of magnetic backing. Peel and stick magnetic sheets allow kids to turn their creations into refrigerator magnets. Simply trace the edges of your card on the magnet, and cut out the shape along the inside edge of the traced line. Peel it and press it firmly onto the back of your valentine. Use your scissors to remove any areas of the magnetic backing that show. Painting the surface of the card with Mod Podge will make the magnet easy to clean.
A Valentine’s Day card made with love celebrates the season perfectly. Kids will enjoy crafting their own cards as much as adults will love receiving them. Have fun creating your own unique, handmade Valentine’s Day cards!