1.19.2016

Two Fun Valentine Cards For Kids to Make



Yes, it's right around the corner...Valentine's Day! It feels like I just put away Christmas, but if you want to help your children make special Valentine cards, it's a good time to begin.


There is nothing better than receiving a homemade Valentine's Day card from a child. To me, it's the most special and authentic expression of love. I have saved every card my children, and now my grandchildren, have given to me!


Here are two fun paper crafts you can help your children make to express love for their special Valentines. The cute little Folding Heart Valentine above is the perfect size to slip in a school picture! And the Paper Box below is large enough to fill with Valentine cookies, if desired, or some other sweet treat. The finished size is 6-1/2"H x 4"W x 1/2" D.  


Supplies for Paper Box:

Pattern, download HERE.
Craft paper with patterns on both sides, either 8-1/2" x 11" or 12" x 12" will work
Double-sided tape
Ribbon


Download and print the pattern onto card stock.
Cut out the areas as shown on the pattern.
With the outside pattern of your paper facing up, trace the pattern onto your paper and cutout.


Turn your paper over so the outside of the box is facing down on your work space.

Measure in 1/2" from the corner of the scoop (which is the top of the box) and mark with a small "x", on both sides of the scoop, as shown above.

Do the same along the bottom, as shown below.

These marks will be your guides for the fold lines.


To make your fold lines, place a ruler on the outside marks at one end, as shown below, and score the paper from top to bottom.

Move to the next marks to the right and score the paper from top to bottom.


Continue to the other side of the scoop so you have four scored lines, as shown below.
Next, score the bottom of the pouch from the inner "x" to inner "x", and make one more score 1/2" below it, which is the bottom of the box.

Fold along all six fold lines.


I use the double-sided adhesive as shown below. If you make a lot of paper crafts, you probably own one of these.  They can be found at craft stores and they make your projects very easy.


You're almost there! Now it's time to apply the double-sided adhesive tape across the outside edges along the bottom of the pouch (don't apply tape along the tail)...


and one more strip along the length of the narrow side of the pouch, as shown below.


 Time to fold - begin by folding up the bottom of the box (or tail).

Fold over the wide side first, then the narrow side. Lightly rub over the adhesive to secure.



Voila!




If you use 12" x 12" paper, you'll have enough paper leftover to cut out a band to slip over the box like I have done. You can make it any width you prefer. For a clean, tight look, score along the fold lines, wrap the band around your box and secure with double-sided adhesive.

Put ribbon around your box and tie a bow.




You can make these for any holiday or birthday and fill with treats for a fun homemade gift.

I love these darling Folding Hearts Valentines!

Supplies:

Craft or wrapping paper that has a white side and a patterned side
Stickers



Cut a fat heart from your paper.  The size of my heart is approximately 5-1/2" H x 6" W. You can get two hearts using 8-1/2" x 11" paper.


Lay the heart with the patterned side down. Have your child write a Valentine's note on the white side.


Fold in sides as shown. Fold the top down just above the middle.


Fold the point up.


Insert a little picture or treat, like a stick of gum.


Turn envelope so the flap is at the top, seal with a sticker.


Have fun!

Warmest regards,

2 comments :

Jinaya Whiting said...

Cute ideas! My girls will absolutely love making these cards!! Thanks!!

Alexis Gruninger said...

Thanks, Jinaya!

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