Valentine’s Day is a special time to give the people we love a beautiful card. Back in the old days, we often created these cards with our own little hands. When a child gives a homemade Valentine card to a parent, or especially a grandparent, you can be assured that no store-bought card can ever compete!
Your child’s homemade card may be simple, but the sentiment will make it special. Perfection is not the key here. You want your children to express themselves and create something that unique and special. So, get out the supplies and let’s start making Valentine cards that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!
Hand And Heart Valentine – Even the youngest child can create this simple but touching Valentine card. You’ll need to get together a few supplies including at least two colors of construction paper, a pencil, markers, glue, and scissors.
Simply trace the outline of your child’s hand with fingers spread out on one colored piece of construction paper with a pencil. Cut the hand outline out. Then, on the other color of construction paper, draw a small heart that will fit in the palm of the cut out hand outline and cut that small heart out. Now, glue the little heart in the palm of the cut out hand. Have your child write a “Happy Valentine’s Day” greeting inside the heart, something classic like “I love you with all my heart” will always get Grandparents all misty eyed. If your child is too young to write, a little picture drawn on the heart would be nice.
Ribbon And Bow Valentine Heart – If your child enjoys creating with ribbon, this is a great card to make. You’ll need some card stock or construction paper, scissors, a pencil, hole punch, and some thin ribbon or yarn. You can make the heart fancier if you have special scrapbooking scissors available.
Draw or trace a heart on the card stock or construction paper and cut it out. Now, have your child punch holes using the hole punch up each side of the heart, all along the edges. (Be sure there are an even number of holes so your ribbon ends up on the same side of the heart.) Then simply start at the bottom of the heart and thread your way to the top along one side and do the same up the other side, ending with two loose ribbon ends at the top of the heart. Tie these ends into a pretty bow. Your child will want to finish the decorating with some “I Love You” sentiments, and maybe some pictures, or glitter, or anything they think will make their Valentine creation special.
Valentine Card Collage – If a sparkly or lacy Valentine card isn’t quite right, perhaps a collage created with pictures of favorite things and activities would be just what your little one would like to make. Dad and Grandpa may especially appreciate a card like this. You’ll need to have some construction paper, scissors, glue, and catalogs or magazines that are filled with pictures that would appeal to the recipient.
Fold the construction paper in half to form a card. Now, sit down with the magazines and catalogs and let your child choose and cut out pictures that would be appealing to Dad or Grandpa. Once your child has a nice supply of pictures, it’s time to begin gluing them onto the construction paper card. Just ask your child to use his or her imagination and arrange the pictures so the card has a pleasant appearance. You can glue some pictures to the front of the card as an introduction and write your greeting on the front, inside, or both. The addition of a few nice handwritten Valentine wishes and a signature is all you need.
Your child’s very own homemade Valentine card will warm anyone’s heart. Spread out the construction paper, gather the glitter and glue, and start creating special Valentine cards with your little ones today! Happy Valentine’s Day.
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