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Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

When Valentine's Day arrives each February, stores everywhere offer an endless selection of cards, especially for kids who exchange them with their classmates. But instead purchasing valentines, try some of these ideas to make memorable handmade cards that recipients will want to keep long after holiday's end, demonstrated by Jodi Levine, editorial director of Martha Stewart Kids.

Lollipop Flowers
Cut out four construction-paper hearts for each flower by folding a piece of paper in half lengthwise, then again lengthwise. To create guidelines for cutting, fold the paper in half widthwise and in half again widthwise, then unfold these two folds so you have a narrow strip divided into quarters. On the long side with only folds, draw and cut out four half-heart shapes, creating a total of eight hearts. Unfold and stack four hearts; punch a hole 1/4 inch up from the bottom. Fan out the "petals" to form a flower, making sure to line up the holes. Use craft glue to attach the hearts together at their pointed ends. Write the recipient's name on one of the petals. Insert a lollipop into the punched hole.

Dot Hearts
Cut out several hearts from a strip of candy dots, and glue them to a small square of construction paper. With scalloped scissors, trim around the edges.

Cupcake Goodies
Flatten two paper cupcake liners. Glue construction-paper hearts, ribbons, or paper or fabric flowers to top of one liner. Write or stamp a note. Use a glue stick along the edge of the other cupcake liner; place candy in the center of this liner. Put the decorated liner over the candy-filled liner, press along the edges to secure, and let dry.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to Jodi Levine, editorial director of Martha Stewart Kids, for showing us this great Valentine's Day craft.