DIY Card Valentines

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Playing Card Valentines DIY -
We got a head start on B’s Valentines this year, which is great because Valentine’s is sneaking up on us quick! B is in 4th grade this year, so I checked when we were at the store to see if wanted to buy any of the Valentines they had for sale. I don’t want to be the mom forcing my kid to make a Valentine if all he wants to do is buy Phineas & Ferb cards for his friends (because just to be clear I will buy the hell out of some store valentines if my guy wanted) but he said he still wanted to make his own, and that he thought the store ones were “boring”. So I threw out a few ideas and this is the one he really liked. He loves drawing faces, and his noses are my favorite. He has two more years in school for Valentine parties and every year I wonder if it will be the last one he wants to make Valentines, but he is still going strong!
He is almost ten, so he was able to do almost every part of these valentines all on his own, our glue gun is really hot so I helped with glue. If your kids are younger (or don’t have hot glue experience) then you can do the glueing and they can draw the faces and write the “to’s and froms” on the back. The supplies are super simple too…
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Valentine Face PDF, I had ours printed on cardstock, but if you didn’t want to print out faces you can just cut hearts from construction paper
-glue, I felt like hot glue works best, and dries quick but you can use whatever you like
-pipe cleaners, we did red but you can use any color
-pen, for drawing on the faces…you can use wiggly eyes too!
-playing cards, we found ours at the dollar tree. two packs for $1 and we found two different sizes
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1. First we separated the cards into two piles, we wanted to use all red cards for the card on top, and the black ones for the card that the legs and arms are glued to. You could just use all the heart cards if you want them to be extra festive.
2. For regular sized playing cards we cut a pipe cleaner in half and glued one half down for arms (on a black face up card) and the other half for the legs. We used half a pipe cleaner for the smaller cards.
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3. Then add more glue over the top of the arms, legs and card, and press the red card down and hold it in place for a few seconds.
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4. Next cut out your hearts and draw some faces, then glue the heads on. You can write you message on the back of the cards with a sharpie pen, or even write on the back of the heads.
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Heehee I loved the little face he made, and I didn’t even notice until I was editing the photos, it made me crack up! You can have the little pipe cleaner hands hold a piece of candy (or maybe a super tiny playing card?) We thought it would be amazing if we could find little chocolate roses for them to hold (painting the roses red!) and are considering making our own since we still have some time. If we do i’ll report back with some photos.
**Personal use means non-commercial use of the valentines including copies and print outs for yourself, your personal crafts/scrapbooking and to give to friends. The valentines may not be used in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration. The valentines may not be used in advertising, and they may not be resold.***

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17 Responses to DIY Card Valentines

  1. robbie says:

    these are adorable! gah!

  2. These are so cute!! I love these! The faces he drew are fantastic and he is clearly getting some awesome artistic talent from you!! :) I laughed when reading the part about maybe your son just wants to buy Phineas and Ferb!! I so know what you mean. I’ve given my boys the option too. We have bought and made homemade on different years. What always cracks me up is the very girly Barbie and Bratz valentines my son gets from the girls. He just hates those and is like “oh brother!” Sooo funny!! The funny thing is…I totally remember, when I was a kid, I was VERY careful to NOT give a boy a valentine that would look too girly!! I would never!! I would only give them the ones with the puppy dogs or trains or something like that. It’s so different now…it seems they are all either completely girly or completely boy in one box. Also, when you were in elementary school, did you not totally sweat about the cards you had to fill out for the boys, making SURE that it was not too mushy AT ALL!! because you did NOT want to give the wrong impression. And did you not totally sweat and painstakingly try to pick just the perfect, right card for the boy that you totally loved!!!! hahaha! LOL! hoping that he would get the hint!! Oh man. I also remember opening a card from the boy that I secretly loved and would look at that valentine and try to read something into it….like, I know there is something here, I just know it….there is a sign somewhere here in THIS card, that is telling me he really likes me! haha! But you know in reality, he just filled out random cards, stuffed them in those little white envelopes, put names on them and that’s it! Too funny! Good memories!! Ok, I had better stop now! Have a great day and I completely love your son’s Valentines!!

  3. amanda says:

    Those faces are amazing! This is very cool, I love that he likes to makes his own too!

  4. Heidi Kenney says:

    Amanda, me too–inside I am going Yippee haha, but I don’t want to be pushy ;)

  5. Heidi Kenney says:

    Bonnie, I agree that when I was in school I remember the stress over sending the wrong message and making sure my secret crush might get an idea from my card haha. B always said he hates the way valentines are so mushy. At ten you don’t want to tell your class mates you LOVE them and want them to be yours haha, so I get it.

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Robbie, he had fun :)

  7. Katie says:

    He might have two more years of parties but that means he can locker bomb his friend’s lockers with Valentines when he is in middle school with even more creative endeavors!

  8. I am so impressed that your son drew such fantastic faces! I guess the talent runs in your family.

  9. rae says:

    he did such a good job! the faces are so funny, and i bet his class will love them. I always liked making my cards in elementary school too. i hope he keeps going with it! i bet with such a crafty mom he will. he seems like a fun kid!

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, He is my crafty son for sure, Kurt has never had any interest in anything except drawing–but B likes to make things too :)

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    Heather, aw I passed on your praise to him :) He loves to draw!

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Katie, oh you are so right!!

  13. jo james says:

    The faces make them perfect!
    Great job!

  14. Heidi Kenney says:

    jo james, thanks I let him know :)