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Send a touching message with valentines traced from little hands. Just cut from construction paper, and then decorate. Your child can hand over sweets or a toy ring, or let someone know they're her hands-down favorite.
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Friends and classmates will be aflutter over envelopes that turn into valentines.
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Use a variety of decorative papers to create these folding heart valentines.
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These cheerful envelopes don't hold the cards -- they are the cards. Glue the back of a miniature envelope to a piece of decorative card stock, and tuck a gift inside if desired. For an extra touch, embellish the envelope with paper hearts, and rubber-stamp a hidden message underneath or inside the flap.
With just a little TLC, colorful hearts flourish as the petals of a new flower variety -- one with a lollipop center and stem.
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Valentine's Day Photo Sign Card
Kids can create this card by making signs out of construction paper, doilies, and adhesive letters from an office-supply store. Photograph your children holding the signs, then let them tape the pictures to construction paper and fold the card accordion-style.
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Kids can create blooming valentines using inexpensive paper doilies.
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Snip candy hearts for an entire class in a snap. Have kids cut a heart from a strip of candy dots, and glue it to a piece of construction paper. With scalloping scissors, cut construction paper to create a border around the heart.
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Fill flattened cupcake liners with candy and let kids distribute to their friends. The liners' pleats nicely frame scrap-art pictures or paper hearts (we used scalloping scissors to trim some). A craft punch or paper flowers can make cute borders.
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Sweet Photo Valentines
To make these custom treat packages, cut out a picture of your child, scan it, and print onto heavyweight matte paper. Cut tags using pinking shears for the bottom edges, draw hearts, and stamp or write a message on each one. Fold the tags and tape them to cellophane bags filled with sweets.
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Kids will love making these secret message valentines for their friends using baking soda and grape juice.
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