How To Make Valentine's Cards

Nothing is more touching, then when you receive a homemade Valentine's card. Grandparents, parents, as well as a girlfriend, will light up with joy, even years later when they take a stroll down memory lane. It is not hard to make a Valentine's Day card!  All you need is the following supplies:

  • Paper
  • Colored ink pens
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • A little imagination.  (The supplies you need will depend on how elaborate and creative you wish to be!)

First you need to decide if you want a heart-shaped, or a simple square card. After you choose the color of paper you want (This can be construction paper although I prefer to use colored ink jet paper, as it is smoother.), fold the paper in half. If you have decided on the heart-shaped card, draw out a heart in pencil.  Then fold in half, leaving one edge on the fold (about an inch) and now, carefully cut out your heart.

Next, you will need to think of what it is you want to say on the inside. Taking a ruler, lightly draw out as many lines, evenly spaced, on the inside and outside. Take the color ink you wish to use, starting on the inside, carefully write out your words on the lines, repeat for the outside of the card as well. If the ink appears to not dry quickly, let the inside dry, before completing the outside writing. Once completely dry, use an eraser and gently erase your pencil marks below your writing.

If you want the writing on the front to be in glitter, using a glue pen, outline your writing, quickly shake the glitter bottle over the glue, covering all of your writing. Now shake the card over a garbage can, for the excess glitter to fall into. Allow to dry completely before proceeding to finish decorating the outer card.

Now is the time to attach the fancy ribbon on the border. Take ribbon that coordinates with your ink and paper color, measure the card's dimensions, and cut a strip of ribbon in the exact length.  Next, run a bead of glue around the edge of your card, about an 1/8 inch in, then gently place the ribbon onto the glue, pressing firmly, and allow to dry. Once the ribbon is dry, you can add any other decorations such as small fabric roses.

There is no limit to designing your Valentine's Day card. It can very romantic with a poem, or a simple few words of "Will you be my Valentine?" Just the thought of your time and words will bring a smile to whoever is receiving your homemade Valentine's card.


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