Valentine’s Day may be popularly thought of as a day for Valentine’s Day gifts and romantic Valentine’s Day cards and bright red roses, but it’s become so much more than that in recent years. Valentine’s Day has become a day for celebrating all types of love: You’ll see people exchanging Valentine’s Day gifts and hosting platonic love celebrations all over the place.
We’re making it easy for you by providing the Valentine card ideas—silly puns (“you light up my life” paired with candles; “I’d be lost without you” paired with a compass; “you're just my type” paired with Scrabble letters) that will not only make your Valentine laugh but will also show them just how much you care.
Sure, you’ll need some time and a few basic supplies to create these ideas, but making even two dozen—enough for an entire classroom—shouldn’t take more than an hour or two, max. Make it a fun activity for the whole family: You can take on the task of printing or writing the text on each card, and your child can take on the task of gluing on various trinkets and shapes. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: These DIY Valentine’s Day cards are so creative, your loved ones are going to expect something even bigger and better next year.
You Won My Heart
You are both winners when it comes to the game of love, but this playful Valentine's Day card reminds your significant other that they definitely have your heart. To create this DIY Valentine, we printed the words “you won my heart” on white cardstock and then folded it in half (you could also write the words with marker, a crayon, or a colored pencil). Then, we created a little game of tic-tac-toe with a fine-tipped permanent marker and some heart stickers—though you could use any sticker or another color pen, too. For a homemade Valentine's Day card no one will guess you made yourself, tuck the card into a red envelope. And to make your Valentine feel like a real winner, why not cook them a homemade dinner?
Turn a birthday party prop into a loved one’s bright spot on February 14. All you’ll need to make this homemade Valentine’s Day card is a blank note card, glue, and a felt tip marker. If you don’t have any blank cards on hand, simply fold a piece of construction paper or cardstock, and then get started. We used pink candles and a red pen to create a look that’s distinctly Valentine’s-themed, but multi-colored candles would look great, too—use whatever you have on hand rather than shop for something specific. We suggest using a hot glue gun—since this type of glue dries almost immediately, the candles are less likely to roll.
Makes My Heart Race
For the one who makes your heart race, make a Valentine’s Day card that will have ’em holding on for the wild ride. Start with a blank note card (or, really, any folded paper you have on hand), and then get to work crafting. You’ll need a toy car (pick one up from your local dollar store or grab a long-forgotten one from your child’s toy box), some glue, and a crayon. Print or write out the words “you make my heart race,” then attach the car with a dab of hot glue. Finish your masterpiece off with some skid marks from the car’s tires.
It can take years to find someone you really click with. When you do find the one, show them how much you care with this clever Valentine’s Day card. Grab two pieces from an old puzzle (hopefully one that’s already missing a few pieces) you have tucked away somewhere—just make sure they fit together! Then, glue each one to a folded piece of cardstock (or a blank note card, if you have one). For the best effect, place the puzzle pieces so they aren’t quite touching. Once the puzzle pieces are in place, write the words “we just fit.” We’re pretty sure that’s one statement they’ll definitely agree with.
There’s only one way to gain access into that heart—give the key to the one your heart belongs to. We used a red one to celebrate the traditional colors of the holiday, but any old key will do. A vintage skeleton key would be exceptionally pretty, but you can find fun designs for less than a dollar at any hardware store. Before gluing the key to the Valentine’s Day card (we recommend using hot glue for this project), print or write the words “you hold the key to my heart” on a blank note card or a folded piece of white or colored cardstock.