If there was one holiday where the unique touch of a homemade card is especially fitting, it would be Valentine’s Day. After all, cupid’s holiday is all about letting the ones who you hold closest know exactly how you feel about them through your own unique brand of creative expression.
However, even if you consider yourself to be rather crafty, it can still be hard to know where to begin when it comes to homemade Valentine’s Day cards. In this article, we will go over some of the most amazing Valentine’s Day Card Ideas that you can make yourself. We will organize them for every skill level, so that you can present your loved ones with something pretty this February regardless of your skill level!
General Materials to Have on Hand
Before we get started, let’s make sure that our workspace is prepared. For most of the crafts listed below, you will want to make sure you have the following kinds of materials:
- Glue stick
- Glue gun
- Construction paper
- Watercolor paints
- Paint brush
- Googly eyes
- Circut machine*
Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas
If there was one thing that Valentine’s Day was most about — aside from love, of course — it would be sweets! This day is definitely one of the year’s best excuses to eat large amounts of candy and chocolate, likely only second after Halloween. If you would like to combine your Valentine’s Day card with a gift of sweet treats, then you can do exactly that by following the clever tutorial over at Hey Let’s Make Stuff. This particular tutorial uses the help of a Circut cutting machine, but you could also accomplish its design with a steady hand and a pair of scissors.
This card idea is not only easy to pull off, but it’s also a fun experience for kids! We love the way that the Best Ideas for Kids uses finger painting to turn fingerprints into adorable little bugs. Adults will have to intervene in order to add text to the cards, but other than that the majority of this card can be done by children, which makes it an ideal gift for a parent.
This adorable cat-themed DIY valentine from Stockpiling Moms can be made using either foam, construction paper, or felt. The idea behind the card is simply to make the shape of an adorable cat, googly eyes and all! You can add a delightful pun by including a message about your card recipient being the “purr-fect valentine”.
You’re probably familiar with those “conversation heart” Valentine’s Day candies —you know the ones that come with messages like “be mine”? We love the way that this card idea from Artsy Momma incorporates this famous confectionary into an adorable card that is a great gift for parents, grandparents, friends, or romantic partners.
Cute as a Button
Don’t just tell your special someone that they are as cute as a button — show them with this card from Cool Progeny! We love this literal interpretation of a very popular figurative phrase. Not only is it adorable, but it is also very easy and quick to make which is ideal if you are short on time before Valentine’s Day. Plus, this finally provides a use for your old buttons!
Key to My Heart
This card idea is similar to the “cute as a button” card above, except that it features a key as its main component instead of a button. However, the idea remains the same: this is a literal take on a turn of phrase. This card is a great way to recycle old keys that you no longer have a use for, but if you do not have an actual key to use you could also put your creativity to the test and make a key out of paper or felt. Get the idea here.
Intermediate Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas
Glow Stick Card
What could be better than a gift that comes with a small gift enclosed? This card that comes with glue sticks is particularly useful at a Valentine’s Day party, because your card recipients can simply attach them to their wrists after they receive the card. If you would rather print out a card than design one yourself, you can print out a small card designed to slip on a glue stick from Honey and Lime.
If you haven’t ever had experience using them, watercolors on their own can seem intimidating. However, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that watercolors is one of those mediums that ends up looking a lot harder than it actually is to pull off. This is especially true if you follow an accessible tutorial such as this one from 100 Directions.
Bouquet of Hearts
What could be better than receiving a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day? How about a bouquet of…hearts? While this may not be an option that is possible in the real world, it certainly is possible in the card world. See how you can easily make your special someone a bouquet of flowers by following this wonderful tutorial from Makes and Takes.
Doilies are not just a relic of living rooms of the past. They are also an adorable craft ingredient! You can make a lovely doily-inspired Valentine’s Day card by following these instructions from Design Improvised. Of course, for a festive look, you can use red and pink paper — but you could pull off this look with any colour palette!
Hole Punch Hearts
Here is another one from Design Improvised. Have you ever wondered what to do with those pesky hole punch discards? While usually they just end up scattered all over the floor, if you’re careful about collecting them you can use them for a unique Valentine’s Day card idea where you can make a heart design out of your hole punches.
Advanced Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas
If you have some card-making experience under your belt, you may be looking to take things to the next level this Valentine’s Day. And by next level, we mean literally! This tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun will show you how to make your own 3D “pop up” Valentine’s Day card that mimics anything that can be found on store shelves. This example features a garden of hearts, but you could use your own idea!
Buttons seem to be a common ingredient in Valentine’s Day cards, and we are not complaining! This tutorial from Kids’ Craft Rooms offers something a bit more complicated than the “cute as a button” card that we featured above. It can take some patience to glue all of these buttons together, and it can be tricky to choose the right paper to host them on as they can get quite heavy. However, if you can pull off this craft the end result is stunning and looks store-bought!
This card is the way to truly show the ones you care about how you “only have eyes for them”. We love the way that this tutorial from That’s What Che Said shows you not only how to make one single Valentine’s Day card, but to make a variety of miniature Valentine’s Day cards that are perfect for classmates or work colleagues. The best part? Every one of them features a googly eye pun!
12 Months of Date Nights
If you have been in a relationship for a long time, you may be looking for something that goes beyond a conventional Valentine’s Day card! Thinking Closet has the idea for you with this adorable booklet that offers date night ideas for every month. They offer printables, but we think it would be even better if you drew the cards out yourself!
Wool You Be My Valentine
If you haven’t noticed yet, we happen to like puns around here. And this “wool you be my valentine?” card is simply genius. We will warn you — the construction of this card does take a considerable amount of time, but the step-by-step instructions from All About Ami will guide you through every step of the process so that you can have an end result that you are happy with.
Valentine’s Day is the best time of the year to spread love, and there is no better way to do so than by gifting a homemade card! After all, store bought cards are great, but there is nothing better than being gifted a homemade craft that you know took time and thought to create. Which card on this list are you most excited about making?