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Valentine's Day Cards for Kids to Make

Whether your children's work resembles Miró, Van Gogh, or something from the gloopy macaroni movement, it will be fun for them to hand-make their Valentine's Day cards. These cards are not only great as a craft, but their Valentines will love them--maybe even more so than the witty treasures of the greeting card  section. With a home-made Valentine, a child can put an original spin on an otherwise Hallmark  invention. 

Basic Card-making Supplies

Card Ideas


A Flower For You




The Clothes Pin Butterfly




Pop Goes the Weasel




The Candy Cane Heart




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Directions


  • With a pencil, draw hearts on construction paper (colour of your choice).
  • Cut out hearts along the lines.
  • Punch hole at pointed end of each heart.
  • Write a message on or decorate each heart "petal" (it could also be fun to write a single word on each petal, thus forming the message when they are joined together).
  • Combine the hearts at the hole punch site so that they symmetrically align (one on top of the other)--all petals should be hidden below the top one.
  • Push pipe cleaner through the holes of the stacked hearts, making a knot both on top and below the petals to secure them.
  • Gently pull the paper in a circle around the top of the pipe cleaner so that it forms the petals.
  • If you do not have a flower at this point, something went wrong and you should check to see if you missed any steps.

Directions


  • With a pencil, draw two hearts on construction paper, and cut them out along the lines. For a fuller-looking wing, do four hearts (Note: paper hearts can be substituted for foam shapes). 
  • Decorate hearts as you would like to decorate the butterfly's wings. 
  • After the hearts have been decorated, attach one wing on each side of a wooden clothes pin (points of hearts facing inwards).
  • The wood of clothes pin can serve as the body of your butterfly, or you may opt to cut out and decorate a paper body to paste onto the wooden frame (see picture above). 
  • You may want to use googly eye stickers  instead of drawing on the eyes.
  • If you wish to make antennae, cut two short pieces of pipe cleaner and paste to the top of the butterfly's head. 

 


 Directions


  • Fold paper in half.
  • Cut a long diagonal line starting at the left hand side of the bottom (slightly above the creased corner) and ending a place near the top of the card (Note: The longer the line, the bigger your heart will be inside).
  • Cut a much shorter diagonal line parallel to the the first one, starting two thirds closer to the top or a little bit above the middle of the crease. End this line at the same point you ended the other one (this second line should be about one third the size of the other).
  • Draw a line to create a triangle between the crease and the top of the second diagonal line.
  • Cut along the line that you drew with your pencil.
  • If you did this correctly, you will have cut out a small triangle shape from the paper.
  • Hard part over.
  • Now open the card and pull the heart gently so that it pops up.
  • Create a slight crease in the centre of the heart so that it folds back down when the card closes.
  • Finish decorating your card and writing your message.
  • Now you have made your very own pop-up heart card!

  • Simple Pop-Up Alternative: Cut two short slits width-wise on the crease and push the little rectangle so that this makes in the inside of the card. Now you can paste whatever one dimensional shape or picture you would like to the rectangle and it will pop up when the card opens.

Directions


  • Take the 50 candy canes left over from Christmas and separate two of them from the pile.
  • Point the two candy canes towards each other to create a heart shape (they should be facing each other in a mirror image).
  • Fold piece of construction paper in half.
  • Paste or scotch tape candy heart shape on paper.
  • Write message on inside of paper.
  • It could be fun to add sparkles, or to include a message in the centre of your candy heart.
  • Be creative!

 

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