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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Assorted fine papers

  • Cutting board

  • Bone folder

  • Ruler

  • Craft-glue dots


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

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

  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. 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. 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. 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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