Easy Valentine Cards with Heart Cut-Outs
What you will make:
Need to make lots of Valentines in a hurry but still want to show your
creative flair? These easy-to-make Valentines are based on paper hearts
that are cut freehand. After a little preparation by the adults or teen
leaders, it's just fold, cut, glue, and a little imagination. This
project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires
no patterns and uses simple materials.
Related crafts: For pop-up cards and more easy to
make greeting cards, see the projects listed in
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.
Here's what you need:
- White cardstock
- Red or pink paper
- Leftover hearts from other projects
- Ruler or paper trimmer (for adult prep work)
- Optional: Crayons, colored pencils, markers, rubber stamps, paper punches, glitter
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Easy Valentine Cards
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut card and paper blanks. Cut eight card blanks from a letter size ( 8½" by 11" or A4) sheet of cardstock. First, cut the
cardstock in quarters, then cut each quarter in half. This will make eight cards, each 2¾" by 4¼" (7.5 cm by 10.5 cm).
For the hearts, cut a sheet of red or pink paper the same way, then cut some of the resulting
eighths in half. You might also cut some rectangles from scraps left over from other projects. For best results, the
blanks should have straight sides and square corners. The sizes can vary a bit.
- Step 2: Cut Out Hearts
Cut a variety of hearts. For each heart, fold the heart blank in half and cut a half-heart shape from the top of the fold to the bottom.
Open the hearts and smooth flat. Did you notice? There are actually two hearts—the cutout and the cutaway. Both can be used to decorate the cards.
Tip: Show the children how to cut the heart shape. If they are struggling, draw the cut line on the paper freehand,
or use a template. Cut out hearts for very young children.
Tip: You can also use leftover hearts and heart
cutaways from other craft projects, like from the
and Valentine Flag Banner
- Step 3: Glue
Glue hearts to the cards in various designs, using both the cutout and cutaway hearts. You can arrange them horizontally or vertically, use
multiple hearts, nest hearts, or make any other pleasing arrangement!
Tip: Trim the outside edges of the cutaway hearts a little bit, and glue them on the cards so that there is a small white border.
- Step 4: Add a Greeting and Decorate
Add a greeting to the front or the back of the card and any decorative touches you like using crayons, markers or colored pencils.
You can use rubber stamps and paper punches, too, if you have them. Even a small hole punch can be used to express your creativity.
That's it! Exchange your creations with friends and family.
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