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Simple Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Jan21

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Help your children make handmade cards this year with these easy assembly-line heart crafts. Even as someone who loves to make crafts with my children, I find Valentine’s Day cards to be a chore. We always start with grand plans, but after my kids have made about 10 cards they lose interest, even when we start well before Valentine’s Day. So I was looking for ideas that truly are easy but will make you feel good about creating handmade cards.
If you’re little one is too young to sign her name, try using letter stamps or print her name on stickers and let her put them on the cards. If she can sign her name, but it’s just too tedious for her to sign 20 cards, try making a custom styrofoam stamp like I did here. I know, you’re re-thinking that long name now, aren’t you?
All of these heart crafts can be made with recycled materials, so open up the recycling bin and start crafting!
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Pencil with Felt Heart: Like to sew? Cut out two hearts from felt and sew them together with an opening for the pencil top. Let your kids place the hearts on the pencils and glue on a printed banner.
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Accordion Paper Hearts: Simply fold your paper accordion-style five times and cut a half heart shape to reveal three hearts inside. Or try the opposite and make hearts like you would make paper dolls.
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Cereal Box Bookmarks: Upcycle your cereal boxes to make these easy bookmarks. Here we used a rounded corner punch and a heart punch, then added some twine. You could use recycled materials for the hearts as well, making it a fully upcycled project.
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Heart Potato Stamps: Cut a potato in the shape of a heart and stamp away. We used washable tempera paint on white card stock.
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Heart Stick Puppet: With some paper, glue and a popsicle stick, you can make this sweet little heart puppet. We used the heart punch and added a face with pen. You could also add pipe cleaners for arms.
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Pop-up Heart Card: My six-year-old enjoyed making these last year. We watched this video to learn how to make them, but we used regular paper as it is easier for children to fold than card stock. Here we added an extra red heart made with a paper punch to give some color to the plain white background.
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Woven Heart Envelope: This one is a little more difficult, so I’d recommend it for third grade and up, but it has great results. The woven heart opens, so you can slip a note inside or add a hanger and make it into a basket for a small treat. You can find a nice tutorial with photos here. Just remember that you aren’t really weaving, but rather making a woven pattern by slipping the strips into the strips of the other color.


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About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker

http://thelongthread.com/
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!


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10 Responses to “Simple Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids”

  1. Thanks for the useful and informative post. I look forward to more in the future.

  2. Katie Jan 21 at 1:44 pm Reply Reply

    These are adorable and look so easy to do! Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Annette W Jan 21 at 2:26 pm Reply Reply

    Very clever! THank you.

  4. liz Jan 21 at 9:31 pm Reply Reply

    love this, esp the potato stamp!

  5. Megan Jan 21 at 10:46 pm Reply Reply

    These are great ideas! I wish I had them when I was teaching. I love the heart potato stamp.

  6. Ashley, with CWDkids Jan 22 at 7:48 am Reply Reply

    Thank you for the great ideas! I can’t wait to show them to my kids.
    Have a great weekend!
    Ashley, with CWDkids
    http://www.kidbits.cwdkids.com

  7. Amy L. Jan 24 at 3:34 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you SO MUCH for this post! I just whipped up a dozen of the stick puppets with my almost 5 year-old, (yes, that was me at the craft store when they opened this morning!) and we had a blast. He was very excited about using the paper punch himself, and once he had a stack of hearts, he drew all the smiley faces, as we talked about who each one was for. This seemed to help keep him focused, and I noticed that he was smiling too as we worked together. He can get frustrated easily, and tends to be hard on himself when he doesn’t get it “just right” the first time, but he quickly saw that it was just a piece of paper, and that we could easily make many more to replace the ones he “messed up.” It really took the pressure off. Still, each one is unique, and clearly made by him. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this idea! Highly recommended for a rainy day.

  8. sunnymama Feb 09 at 6:52 am Reply Reply

    I love how these cards are so simple but pretty too! I’ve linked to this post here:
    http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2010/02/50-inspiring-links-love-creativity-and_08.html

  9. Jen Feb 09 at 4:02 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you! It’s so nice to find crafts that are cute, simple and different!

  10. Jen Feb 11 at 2:58 am Reply Reply

    I love how simple and beautiful these are! My son and I also made a Valentine that was easy to do and fun for him too.
    http://jenparkerphotography.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/i-heart-valentines-day/

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