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Homemade Hearts for Valentine's Day

Frugal Crafts and Homemade Gifts (featured column)
by Michelle Jones

Homemade gifts are gifts from the heart. Everyone loves to get a beautiful card on Valentine’s Day, but one that’s homemade can be even more appreciated by the receiver, and certainly more fun for the giver. These extra special hearts for Valentine's Day are some of our favorites!

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One year I made a huge list of all the things I love about my husband, and made it into a simple card. He loved it. Children can make cards for their siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, and of course, their school friends.

Here are a few suggestions to get your started:

Candy Cane Heart

Fold a piece of heavy red construction paper in half. Glue a smaller piece of pink paper to the front of the card, leaving enough red showing around the edges to make a border. Take 2 red candy canes leftover from Christmas (or still on sale at your local stores for a great bargain!) and glue or tape them to the front of the card to form a heart.

The round part of the candy canes will face each other and the ends will meet at the bottom. Now with a glitter pen or gel pen write Happy Valentines Day all around the candy canes, forming a line of repeated verse. Write your sentiments on the inside of the card, and know that your valentine is going to love this beautiful gift.

Lollipop Heart

This one is really great for the kids to give their friends at school, and certainly more fun than one of those expensive and ordinary boxes of cartoon cards we usually buy at the store.

Cut 3x5 size hearts out of red or pink heavy construction paper. On each one, make two small slits off to the left side that will enable you to place the lollipop sticks through. On the right side of the heart write Happy Valentine’s Day from, your child’s name. The kids will love it!

Photo Heart

Fold a piece of heavy red construction paper in half, cutting a smaller piece of pink paper for the front just like we did with the candy cane heart. Except this time, you will cut a small heart shape out of the center of the pink paper, and place a photo underneath it before gluing it to the card.

Make sure to pencil the heart in on the backside of the pink paper before cutting! You can write Happy Valentine’s Day on the front or on the inside of the card and include a small note about the picture if you’d like.

I Love You Heart

Follow the same basic instructions as above, but place a red heart on a pink card and write the words “I Love You” in big bold letters in the center of the red heart. On the inside of the card, be creative and tell the recipient how or why you love them!

Small valentine’s stickers make a great addition to any of these cards, but you can also color in your own small hearts or designs with markers, glitter or gel pens, and even crayons. Just be creative and give from the heart!

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