Giving cards and treats on Valentine’s Day is generally considered to be a kid-centric activity, but I say that’s nonsense! Why shouldn’t adults give cute cards and tasty treats to their friends and family on Valentine’s Day as well? So I’ve rounded up several fun DIYs for cute Valentine’s cards, which are suitable for both kids AND adults. So join me in getting crafty this year, and let’s spread some love this Valentine’s Day! :-)
I can’t get over how cute these little penguins are. All you need to make them is a pair of scissors, colored paper, some glue, and a pair of googly eyes. Using some black paper, I cut out an oval shape with wings on the sides for the penguin’s body. Then with white paper, I cut out a snowman shape of sorts for the penguin’s tummy, and glued that to the black piece. Next, I cut two small hearts out of yellow paper to use for feet, and a tiny diamond shape to use as a beak. I glued the hearts on the feet area, then folded the diamond in half, and glued it where a mouth would go. Finally, I glued two googly eyes on as well.
All that’s left to do is add your treat! I placed some candies into a small treat bag, rolled it up tight, then placed it in the middle of the penguin. I folded the arms over to “hug” the treat bag, and secured the arms using a piece of double-sided tape. Voila! The most huggable Valentine’s penguin you’ve ever seen. ;-)
Cupid’s Arrow Pencil/Pen
Show your Valentine that you’ve been struck by “Cupid’s Arrow” with an easy Arrow Pencil! Using some red paper, cut the shape of feathers, but mirrored so that two of the feather shapes are connected in the center, with a hole in the center for a pencil to go through. Do the same with a heart shape, where two hearts are connected in the center at the top.
Since the pieces are going to be glued or taped to themselves when applied to the pencil, it occurred to me that I would save myself a step by cutting the shapes out onto a sheet of Silhouette’s Adhesive-Backed Cardstock. I simply peeled the pieces off the sheet like a sticker, folded them over the pencil, and stuck them to themselves. Glue or tape would work just as well though. Once the heart is positioned at the front, and the feathers are on the back, use a pair of scissors to cut a few lines along the sides of the feathers, to give it a more fringed appearance.
Dress up a delicious homemade cookie by enclosing it in a special cookie envelope! Cut out a square of scrapbook paper measuring about 8” by 8” (this should accommodate a large cookie). On the back side of the square, place your cookie in the center, and fold each of the corners in toward the middle, securing them with a piece of tape.
I decided to dress mine up a little bit more by adding a bow with some baker’s twine, but that’s optional of course. Add a label, and you’re done!
Geometric Heart Card
The next two projects are just cards, rather than a vehicle for treats or presents, but they’re perfect if you want to write a sweet note to your Valentine, or give a gift card! This first card is inspired by a project from Northstory. This geometric heart card is very on-trend, because geometric designs are having a serious moment! I started by cutting a piece of red scrapbook paper in half, so it measured 6” by 12”. I folded it in half to create a simple 6” by 6” square card.
Next, I cut out 20 triangles, ten in black and ten in gold. You can use whatever colors you want, whether it’s just one color, or even several different colors! In order to achieve the clean, linear look, the triangles need to “45-45-90 triangles”, meaning that two of the sides are the same length, and meet at a 90 degree angle. A simple way to make these triangles is to cut out a square, and then cut that square along a diagonal, which will make two triangles.
Once you have your triangles ready, it’s just a matter of glueing them onto your card. You can follow the pattern shown here, or create your own! As long as it resembles a heart when you’re done, there’s no wrong way to do it.
Pixelated Heart Card
I’ve saved the trickiest project for last, but it’s probably my favorite out of the bunch! The pixelated heart on the front of the card is made by weaving colored strips of paper through a series of slits in the card. You can cut the slits into the paper by using an Xacto knife, or a craft machine.
I cut my strips of paper for this card out of a piece of scrapbook paper that had a gradient design printed on it, but you could easily use your printer to print a gradient and cut your strips out of that. You could also just use a solid color if you wanted to!
I used 15 strips of paper to create the heart, meaning I had to make 16 slits in the card to create a “grid” of sorts to make my heart. The slits should all be evenly spaced, based on the width of your strips. My strips were about 5/8” wide, so the vertical slits in my card were all spaced about 5/8” apart from each other.
Once your card and strips are ready to go, it’s just a matter of “weaving” the paper strips into the slits in a particular order. You can use the photo to see how I did it, or I’ve included a visual guide you can download that will show you exactly how to weave each strip. (Quick tip: once you have a few strips in place where you want them, use a piece of tape to stick the ends of those strips together. That way if you bump them, they’ll stay together so you can adjust them as one unit, rather than having to adjust each individual piece again. Figuring this out made things a LOT easier!)
Once all of your strips are in place, use a pair of scissors to cut off the excess on each side, leaving a 1/2” or so (or however long you can leave them without them showing). Use tape to secure the ends of the strips to the back side of the card. Then fold the other end of the card over, and you’re done!