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Handmade Valentine's Day Cards


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 of purchasing valentines, Jodi Levine, editorial director of Martha Stewart Kids, demonstrates a few ideas to make memorable handmade cards that recipients will want to keep long after holiday's end.

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. Fanning 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.

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.

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
Jodi Levine, Martha Stewart Kids editorial director

Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (3)

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    WOW, what a fun idea and I was just starting to look around the web page and thought that the critters cards was a fun idea. WOW, I am having a blast on this site. Thank you very very much

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    Where's the rest of the video? I'm not able to think creatively enough to figure out how to keep the lolly stick from falling out of the bloom.

  • 7 Feb, 2008

    Another idea would be to use small colored pop poms for the centre and pipe cleaners for stems. This way the flowers could be put in a vase to enjoy after Valentines Day