Stacie is currently a law student in Seattle. She holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Seattle University.
Create Special Memories
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.
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.
Decorate Those Hands
The Traditional Cards
I’m calling these the traditional cards because they are the most basic ones I made as a child.
- Base cards
- Cutout hearts
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Decorations (buttons, ribbon, lacy paper, etc.)
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 of 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 make it fancier, glue a piece of lacy paper between the two cards, so you will have a lacy heart.
Make Lots of Hearts
Flower Heart Cards
These adorable cards are super easy to make, and way too cute.
- 4 cutout, cardstock hearts for each card
- 1 hole puncher
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.
Flower Heart Step-by-Step
A Handful of Valentines
These sweet cards will definitely be unique no matter who makes them!
- Colorful construction paper
- Decorations (like ribbon, candies, cutout hearts, etc.)
Trace the little hands on to the construction paper, then cut them out. Simply decorate the cards by drawing and gluing on fun stuff.
More Fun Heart Ideas
Make Different Sizes
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.
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 31, 2014:
Very cute! What a great project for the kids. I love the wonderful ideas.
Judy Specht from California on January 30, 2014:
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!
Agaltom on January 30, 2014:
What a great idea. These are so adorable!
sujaya venkatesh on January 30, 2014:
holley on February 05, 2011:
hey thank you
bianca on February 06, 2010:
guys i think that this is amazing for the little kids ......................................... I hope they don't say nothing bad about this ;)
amy on February 05, 2010:
i love the lollipop one it is cute and love the step by step pictures! Thanks
me on January 14, 2010:
i love these
firstname.lastname@example.org from Northern California on August 31, 2009:
Hi, how cool. I miss making cards.
Mr Nice from North America on February 12, 2009:
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.
LondonGirl from London on February 04, 2009:
Valentine's Day cards for children seems a bit, well, odd to me.
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 29, 2008:
I just love the heart flower. My kids will love this. Thanks.
Robyninga from Georgia on February 24, 2008:
Very good hub! Kids do love projects like this!
maham on February 14, 2008:
ill try to make them thanks for sharring
creatingwealth on February 14, 2008:
good idea =]
seamus on February 14, 2008:
I came back here to give this a thumbs up.
creatingwealth on February 14, 2008:
Cute! Happy Valentines day!
Samashyle on February 14, 2008:
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.
Stacie Naczelnik (author) from Seattle on February 10, 2008:
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.
AnnaEstelle from Boston on February 09, 2008:
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!
rkat on February 08, 2008:
Valentine cards made by your kids are always more meaningful than a store bought valentine card. Great idea for Valentines
alfreem on February 07, 2008:
What a great hub, fantasic ideas.
Garden Furniture from Harrogate on February 07, 2008:
Great hub and very interesting hubpage.
Evelyn Lim from Singapore on February 06, 2008:
Very good hub with lots of pictures for illustration. My kids will love trying these ideas out, I'm sure!
seamus on February 05, 2008:
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!
SirDent on February 04, 2008:
I'm not much into these crafts, but this is a great hub. Details are awesome and instructions are easy to follow.
Stacie Naczelnik (author) from Seattle on January 31, 2008:
Thanks everyone, hope you have fun making some cards this year!
caspar from UK on January 30, 2008:
These are really pretty - great hub!
mothersguide from Malaysia on January 29, 2008:
Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Especially liked the lollipop one.
Gift Scout from Claremore, Oklahoma, USA on January 23, 2008:
Great ideas, wonderfully presented. Thanks!
C.M. Vanderlinden from Metro Detroit on January 22, 2008:
Great hub, Stacie. I am going to do this with my kids---we'll let you know how they turn out :)
Tiddledeewinks on January 21, 2008:
Great idea for doing with the kids!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 19, 2008:
It's great how creativity can turn the ordinary into something really cute...cool...
djtphn1 from Riverside County, California on January 18, 2008:
Very original idea....I never thought to take my own pictures at times when appropriate.....dahhhhh...
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on January 16, 2008:
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
cgull8m from North Carolina on January 08, 2008:
My niece would love this, I will pass this to her. :)
Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on January 05, 2008:
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)
Wehzo on January 05, 2008:
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.
Isabella Snow on January 05, 2008:
Too cute! I love the lollipop one!