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Accordion Valentine

When opened, this valentine expresses your love four times over on its accordion folds. Constructed of assorted fine papers and assembled with convenient craft-glue dots, it's both easy to make and lovely in presentation.





  1. Step 1

    Cut four hearts in graduated sizes using our downloadable accordion-valentine templates. For each heart, choose a different kind of paper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a 6-by-19 1/2-inch strip of paper for the base of each card.

  3. Step 3

    Using the ruled lines of a cutting board as a guide, lay down a ruler 2 inches above the edge of the paper, and use a bone folder to score a line. Score seven more lines at 2-inch intervals.

  4. Step 4

    Once you've completed the scoring, crease the paper back and forth to complete the accordion fold. The 4-inch remainder will be the back of the card -- a suitable place to write a personal message.

  5. Step 5

    Find and lightly mark the center of each folded peak. Start at the back peak, and place a glue dot over the center mark.

  6. Step 6

    Center the largest heart in place, making sure it does not extend beyond the card. One by one, glue the remaining dots to the card, folding each "peak" over the last heart glued to help guide placement.

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Reviews (17)

  • valentinesofi 29 Jan, 2012

    I can't understand how to do it

  • dorrainelmt 12 Feb, 2009

    what a cute idea

  • cuttingup 11 Feb, 2009

    I wanted to make this card to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper. I trimmed the paper to 6" wide. I decided to do 3 folded peaks instead of 4. I measured 1 3/4" instead of 2". This left 1/2" at the end. I cut from a second piece of paper a 4" x 6" piece. I glued that onto the 1/2 that remained for the back of the card. This worked great and I didn't have to look for 20" long paper.

  • magneth 9 Feb, 2009

    You are right CraftyLady TOO - it does need to be 20 inches (just do the math!). Large size cardstock (poster size) can be purchased at various craft stores (Michaels) or at Dollar Tree, Walmart and art stores.This type of card works great on cardstock.

  • CraftyLadyTOO 9 Feb, 2009

    Wallpaper doesn't work ... it flops over. Also, it needs to be 20" long, not 19 1/2" . Then you get 4 peaks 2" high with your 4" standing up on the back. Has to be some kind of card stock for this to work. You could also do 10" long and then have four 1" high peaks. You could adjust size of hearts "accordingly".

  • joni74 9 Feb, 2009

    Since standard art papers are 12x18-inch, I did the same project from this craft idea, but used 18" long paper. It works. The first heart is not on a folded piece of the accordion.

  • jenrsnyder 9 Feb, 2009

    Maybe you could cut a strip from poster board? That would give you a big enough surface to cut multiple pieces and the card would be very sturdy. I'm not sure, just grasping at ideas.....
    I might try this with my daughter. She loves paper crafts and would love the glueing part!! ha

  • sooziey 9 Feb, 2009

    You can use the artist tablets, they come in various sizes and textures of paper. Or could cut your favorite paper and glue together to make correct size.
    The great thing about it is crafter's are very creative and we know that we can alter any project to fit our needs.

  • Sissy 9 Feb, 2009

    ahh, jt, you are 'one smart cookie'!! of course, that's it---9 1/2 inches!

  • jt_gmotu 9 Feb, 2009

    I'm guessing it's a TYPO...and should have been 9 1/2 inches..

    Look at the card pictured...there are 4 short sections (up and down=2") and 1 long piece (=1 1/2") might actually want the strip of papwr to be 10" long!!

  • CraftyLadyTOO 9 Feb, 2009

    I went to her source's web site and there was no paper at 19 1/2 inches there. Scrapbooking pages are 12 inches square, legal paper 8 1/2 x 14 .... the only thing I can think of that might work is perhaps some leftover wallpaper ... if you have a pattern that would work. Someone didn't think this one through.

  • OctoberFran 9 Feb, 2009

    That 19.5 inches bothers me too. Where the heck do you get paper that long? Or do we do a cut

  • teririley 9 Feb, 2009

    2. Cut a 6-by-19 1/2-inch strip of paper for the base of each card. 19 1/2 inches?

  • hombody 5 Feb, 2009

    Sorry, folks! Grandma often repeated herself, too! Homebody

  • hombody 5 Feb, 2009

    That is a great idea on the rubber cement! My Grandma said,"Necessity is the Mother of invention." We are going to all have to use our minds more than our pocketbooks. Sorry, Martha.

  • hombody 5 Feb, 2009

    Great idea on a budget! My Grandma said, "Necessity is the soul of invention!"
    We are all going to be forced to learn to use our minds more than our pocketbooks! Sorry, Martha! Homebody

  • tatianaj 15 Jan, 2009

    I made something like this for my boyfriends birthday. In between each section I put in a coupon for things like massages or his favorite meal. If you let a thin strip of rubber cement dry on the back of the coupons it gives a reusable sticky surface like a post-it. Worked really well. Nice way to present a gift on a budget.