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Send a little love to someone special. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just another Wednesday afternoon, you can always show your loved one that you care with Aunt Annie’s Valentine-themed craft projects. Below, kids and adults can browse Valentines, gifts, and papercraft projects suitable for all skill levels from preschool to post-retirement. Make a heart-shaped card or a cute plaster "love bug," and craft a festive banner or garland for matching decorations.

If you’re still searching for a way to express your affection, pop over to the Valentine's Day Cards page to find the perfect handmade card project.

Take a look at Aunt Annie’s ideas, and pick a craft that makes your heart go pitter-patter!

The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.


Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun!

  • Woven Heart Valentines - Add the look of basket weaving to your Valentine's Day card creations by weaving together paper strips or by using one of Aunt Annie's Woven Strips digital downloads to achieve the woven-look. The card ideas presented here can easily be adapted for other holidays or occasions by changing the colors or using different cutout shapes.

    EASY

  • Simple Valentines - This project features quick and easy Valentine designs that are simple to make and perfect for classroom giving! Select from printable Valentine's Day card patterns with either 6 or 9 Valentines to a sheet. You likely have everything on hand needed to make these Valentines!

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine's Day Candy Jar - It is easy to recycle an empty jar into a wonderful container for Valentine’s Day candies. Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated jar nice enough to give as a gift.

    EASY

  • Clay Charms and Pendants - Make charms and pendants for necklaces and bracelets using Homemade Bread Clay or commercial air-dry clay. Make the heart and flower pendants and heart charms for yourself or to give as gifts. When strung on cord or a chain, they make perfect gifts for Valentine's Day.

    EASY

  • Appliqué Heart Valentines - These Valentine's Day cards feature heart appliqués made with patterned papers that you can download and print. The paper appliqués on these greeting cards are made to resemble fabric appliqué seen on clothing and quilts. The project includes details for making four Valentine's Day cards.

    EASY

  • Valentine Garland of Hearts Friday Fun - Get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this easy heart-shaped tissue paper garland. Decorate your doorways, banisters, or furniture with a whimsical nod to the sweetest day of the year.

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine Heart Shaped Box - Make a novelty box for Valentine's Day in the shape of a heart. Choose from a variety of printable patterns for two sizes of heart boxes. This is a cute gift box for small presents that will bring smiles and warm hearts wherever it is displayed.

    DIFFICULT

  • Easy Valentine Cards Friday Fun - Simple, easy, and effective. Draw hearts freehand for this Valentine card, and just fold, cut and glue! Cutout cards are a great Valentine’s Day craft for children and classroom groups.

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine with Pop-Up - Make a special Valentine's Day card with a pop-up inside. Have you ever made paper doll chains? Using that idea, you'll cut a chain of hearts and glue it inside the Valentine's Day card to make a pop-up that springs outs when the card is opened. What fun!

    EASY

  • Valentine Flag Banner Friday Fun - Much like shouting your love from the rooftops, show off your Valentine’s Day enthusiasm with this fun and easy paper flag banner craft. Hang it in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use it to decorate a Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern required—just cut, glue and string.

    VERY EASY

  • Valentine Tri-tetraflexagon - In this project, you'll make a special Valentine's Day version of the tri-tetraflexagon. This is one of the simplest and easiest to make flexagons. It looks like a simple paper square with a front and a back, but hidden inside is another side (or face) that is revealed by folding the square in half and flexing it.

    EASY

  • Valentine Crown Friday Fun - A bit of regal romance is easy to dream up with this simple Valentine crown. Make one for your Prince or Princess Charming, or host a royal gala by crafting with a group of children. Create a crown for any holiday just by changing the paint color and decorations!

    EASY

  • Love Bugs Friday Fun - Not all bugs are creepy and crawly! Kids will love making and decorating Aunt Annie’s love bugs. Molded from plaster of Paris in plastic spoons, these little painted bugs can be made into magnets and pins—great for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.

    VERY EASY

  • Pop-Up Card - If wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t your style, make this special Valentine’s Day card instead. A simple pop-up heart can be included in your handmade card or incorporated into a store-bought card for a romantic craft that shouts, "Be mine!".

    EASY

  • Valentine's Day Pins Friday Fun - Jewelry is a Valentine’s Day tradition, and what could be better than jewelry you design and create? Use heart-shaped candy molds to make custom plaster of Paris pins for your loved one—there’s nothing sweeter.

    EASY

  • 3-D Valentines - Give your whole heart this Valentine’s Day with a three-dimensional heart-shaped Valentine! Little fingers may have trouble with this project, so Aunt Annie provides a kid-friendly craft option.

    AVERAGE

  • Valentine Basket - Treat your Valentine to a handmade heart basket easily made by weaving paper strips. Serve up a portable picnic by filling the basket with candy hearts or other sweets! This classic craft is a hit with groups of children.

    AVERAGE

  • Valentine Suncatchers - "You light up my life" takes on a little more meaning when you give a Valentine suncatcher craft as a gift! Tissue paper hearts look beautiful in the window, strung on a mobile, or tucked into a special handmade card.

    EASY

  • Heart Shaped Cards - Use Aunt Annie’s printable patterns to make sweet and simple heart-shaped Valentines. Most cards are circus-themed, featuring smiling seals and circus strongmen, while one is crafted just for your special someone.

    VERY EASY

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Heart-shaped Valentine's Day cards

Make your choice of these Heart Shaped Cards.

Valentine suncatchers for your window

Make several Valentine Suncatchers for your windows.

Valentine cuckoo clock

Turn an empty milk or juice carton into a Valentines Day mailbox—see Milk Carton Fun for instructions and patterns.

Valentine Baskets are great for gifts of treats.

The Valentine Basket can be filled with a treat of cookies or candy.

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