Easy Valentine's Day Cards

Red photo booklet made of folded card stock
These gorgeous Valentine's Day cards are so easy to make, proving that even a beginning crafter can wow loved ones with a homemade valentine. Just a few paper punches, embellishments, and patterned scrapbooking papers can turn any easy Valentine's Day card into a beautiful way to say "I love you."

Grease Pencil Valentine

Homemade Valentine's Day cards are a cinch with this simple wax-resist technique. Write or draw on blank white watercolor cards using a white grease pencil or crayon; the wax-drawn areas will resist watercolor. Coat a paintbrush with a thin layer of watercolor paint, and lightly brush over the design. Brush the whole card in stripes of color, or paint specific shapes over wax designs. Let dry completely.

Cute Candy Holders

Make an adorable easy valentine card with a few simple supplies. Pair patterned paper with a coordinating solid and use our easy template to get the folds just right! Pop in a lollipop and write a sweet greeting on the inside flap before giving them to friends and loved ones. 

Stitched XO Card

Make a pretty homemade Valentine's Day card with a few simple cutouts and a pattern of hand-stitched knots. Cut out a rectangle of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of your blank card. Glue and stitch your embellishments to the patterned paper, then glue the finished piece to the front of the card to hide the backside of the stitching. 

Cookie Cutter Cards

Think outside the box with this year's DIY Valentine's Day card ideas! Turn paper, paint, and heart-shape cookie cutters into easy valentines; this method is perfect for making several cards at once. Start with blank cards in various colors, and paint a large rectangle on the front with acrylic paint. Dip a heart-shape cookie cutter in contrasting colors of paint and use as a stamp to add designs to each card. 

Punched-Heart Cards

A tiny stamped phrase and cute-as-can-be punched paper hearts make quick work of this year's homemade Valentine's Day cards. Make a matching envelope with a simple stitched heart and some decorative trim.

Love Notes Cards

Send a simple heartfelt message with one of these sweet and so-easy handmade Valentine's Day cards.

Make the I Heart You Valentine's Day card:
Print the template onto plain paper, then cut out along the solid lines. Trace the cutout onto 12x12-inch cardstock, cut out, then fold as indicated by the dotted lines.

Make the Heart Accordion Valentine's Day card:
Print the template onto plain paper and cut out. On a piece of cardstock, draw and cut out a 5-1/2x12-inch rectangle. Fold accordion-style along the short side (as indicated by the dotted lines). You should have six sections. Place the template on the folded paper with the open side of the heart over the top fold. Trace heart and cut out. On contrasting paper, trace a heart that's slightly larger all around. Glue to the back of the center heart on your accordion.

Hanging Hearts

Use string, cutout hearts, and mini clothespins to re-create the look of this adorable paper craft card. Start with two blank greeting cards in the same size; we love the red and pink combo used here! Trim the edges of the inner card so that approximately 1/4 inch of the outer card is visible on each side; use glue or tape to attach the ends of the string to the backside of the inner card. Attach the inner card to the inside of the outer card using glue or double-stick tape. Finish with mini clothespins and a bunch of patterned paper hearts. 

Surprise-Inside Cards

These adorable candy-filled cards start out as corrugated paper and a set of paper straws, and quickly become adorable cupid hearts with a sweet treat inside! We used a cookie cutter as a stencil for this heart-shape craft, and added store-bought candy. Easy and budget-friendly! 

Scratch-Off Hearts Card

This homemade card gets creative with scratch-off date ideas for Valentine's Day. Get the card template, and type in your date-night choices. Find out how to make your own scratch-off material in a few simple steps, too.

Stitched Cactus Card

This adorable card looks intricate, but it's so easy! Cut a cactus shape from green paper and use a push pin to add holes that form lines on the cactus; use green thread to stitch through each hole to create the cactus texture. Glue the stitched cactus to a patterned greeting card and add a printed greeting. 

 

Fox Heart Card

We love the idea of making this adorable heart-shape fox as a school valentine for kids! Use different-size paper hearts to form the face, and let the kids pick different patterns for the ears and tail. Older kids can add beads for eyes and nose; younger kids will love giving each fox a hand-drawn face!

Pretty Paper Poppies

Bright and cheery flowers last way past February 14. Download the free patterns and how-to. You'll need crepe paper, sheets of tissue, florists wire, and florists tape to create each blooming beauty.

Valentine's Day Lollipops

Give your loved ones a sweet card and a sweet treat with these easy lollipop valentines. Simply fold a piece of cardstock in half, insert a lollipop, and embellish with store-bought stickers or printed messages.

Bicycle Valentine Card

A stamped bike and cleverly worded message make this easy card perfect for the cyclist in your life! We love the idea of using materials you already have on hand. Add any stamps and stickers, plus a creative phrase, to turn an adorable card into a Valentine's Day greeting for your sweetie. Finish the card with a bow made of string. 

Owl Heart Valentine Card

A simple pieced-together owl gives this card a cute, trendy look. To make, cover the character in hearts and attach it to patterned paper to play up the holiday theme.

Valentine's Day Card Tip: Rather than spelling out your sentiment, choose a symbolic way to share your greeting. Here, we simply filled a thought bubble with a chipboard heart.

Simple Signs

This card is cute, clever, and simple: perfect for creating multiple valentines! Kids will love tracing their own hands and cutting out the shapes on different colors of paper. Glue the palm of the paper hand to the card, then glue down the thumb, pinkie, and pointer finger. Fold over the remaining fingers and secure with glue to form the American Sign Language "I love you" gesture on your card. 

Valentine Notes

This year, consider giving out a small decorated Valentine's Day gift instead of a traditional card. We love the idea of decorating the front cover of a mini notebook and adding a sweet handwritten note to the first page. 

Fold-Out Photo Card

Make a personalized sentimental Valentine's Day paper craft in minutes! Cut a 3-inch strip from a piece of 12x12 paper and fold accordion-style to form a small booklet. Cut squares of black-and-white photos to fit on each flap; secure with glue. This is the perfect valentine for Mom! 

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