40 Unconventional DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

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1. You Have My Heart Card

Make an interactive card to let someone know they have your heart. Aga from Passion Shake created this one; follow her simple steps.

Materials: blank white paper stock card or any other thick paper folded in two, a matchbox, double-sided tape, pastel and neon masking tapes in different patterns, word print-outs in different fonts (YOU/HAVE/MY), pieces of white paper, pieces of colorful paper, flower cut-outs, pink decorative string, toothpick, black pen/paint/crayon, and scissors.

Pocket
1. Place and wrap a double-sided tape around the matchbox.
2. Cut out pieces of white paper and place it around the matchbox to make it white.
3. Decorate the box with colorful masking tapes and flower cut-outs.

Card
1. Place a double-sided tape on the matchbox and stick it to the card .
2. Make two holes on both sides of the box and put the string through them. Then wrap the string around the box and make a knot on the other side of the card.
3. Decorate the edges of the card with masking tapes
4. Using double sided-tape seal the word cut-outs with the pieces of colorful paper and then with the card. Decorate edges of the words with yellow neon paper.

Heart
1. Cut out 3 different colored hearts for the multicolor effect.

Arrow
1. Color a toothpick and some white paper using your black pen/paint/crayon.
2. Cut out wo triangles of the same size for an arrowhead. Place double-sided tape on both triangle.
3. Place one triangle on a flat surface, then place a toothpick on top of it. Gently place the second triangle on top of the toothpick, sealing them together
7. Repeat the same steps for the arrow ends but now using different shape ( as shown in the picture).
8. Once they are sealed together, cut a v-shape in the bottom edge, and trim it.
9. Attach the arrow to the card using masking tape.

❤ Give the card to your loved one and watch them open the box !

2. I Love You More Than…

Show them how much you really love them (more than bacon? red wine?) with a foldable paper heart chain, like this one created by Alyssa and Carla.

Materials: a piece of construction paper cut into a 4” x 4” square (color doesn’t matter— the one shown used green), a long strip of red paper 30” x 4” (wrapping the paper on a roll of craft paper works well), a piece of grey construction paper or cardstock, letter stamps and a stamp pad or letter stickers (or if you have amazing hand-writing, just a high-quality pen or marker), decorations for the pictures (pens, markers, stickers, shape punches, stamps, etc.), glue (either a glue stick, rubber cement, or white glue), scissors>

1. Create a heart template with the 4” x 4” piece of paper. Fold it in half, like a book. Draw half of a heart onto the paper, with the fold in the center of the heart. Cut out the shape and open it up into a full heart. Trim the edges until you like the resulting heart shape.

2. Keeping the good side of the paper on the inside, fold the long 4” x 30” piece of paper in half three times. The end result will be about 4” x 3.75”.

3. Use the heart you created in step 1 to trace the heart shape onto the paper. You want the left and right edges of the template to hang over the edges of the paper, so the hearts will have a connecting point on either side.

4. Cut the heart out and unfold to reveal the heart chain.

5. Modify the template heart by cutting a half inch around the edge, creating a slightly smaller version of the same heart.

6. Trace this smaller heart onto the thicker piece of paper 8 times. Cut out each heart.

7. Use the letter stamps or stickers to write “I love you more than…” on one cut out heart. Glue it to the first heart in the chain. Write “Happy Valentine’s Day” on another cut out heart and glue it onto the last heart in the chain.

8. Choose 3 things that you want to list to illustrate just how much you love your Valentine. Make it personal! The card shown picked bacon, snow days and red wine. Use stickers, cut out shapes, or draw images that correspond to each of your items on 3 of the cut-out hearts. Use the letter stamps or stickers to write each item that you chose on the remaining 3 cut-out hearts.

9. Glue each of the cut out hearts onto the middle hearts in the chain. When the glue is dry, fold the hearts up accordion-style into a little Valentine’s booklet.

3. I Will Always Want to Spoon Card

Daria from Kittenhood created this adorable “I Will Always Want to Spoon” Card. Follow her simple directions below.

Materials: printable templates (below), scissors, a small plastic spoon, pink or red nail polish, and strong glue.

1. Paint the front of the spoon with nail polish and let it dry. Apply a second coat and let that one dry too.

2. Print out the “I will always want to” template of your choice on A4 paper. Each file makes two cards. Alternatively, you can handwrite your own. Fold your card in half.

3. Glue the spoon in place to the card and you’re done!

Template 1

Template 2

4. Love Spools

Say it on a spool. Make one with this tutorial.

5. Bananagram

Give your loved one a message that’s also good for the heart with a Valentine banana. As seen here.

6. Message in a Bottle

This lovely illustrated tutorial shows you how to make a mini message in a bottle. Romantic and old school.

7. 12 Months of Date Nights

Give a card that’ll keep on giving all year long. With these free printables you can give your special someone 12 months of creative quality time.

8. Shaving Cream Card

Definitely a card like no other. Fill it with colored shaving cream so kids (or adults!) can draw on it with a Q-tip. This tutorial has the details.

9. Candy Box

Even better than a card- a card plus candy. Make a little candy box , as done here.

10. Cement Hearts

Set it in stone with little cement hearts. Check out this tutorial.

11. Heart Crayon Cards

Give them a card they can color with by making these marbled heart-shaped crayons.

12. Mailbox

Why give just a card when you can give a mailbox? Turn little Target mailboxes into personalized treat containers— all you need are Sharpies. As done here.

13. 14 Days of Valentines

Make a little package of fourteen cards to extend the celebration for a couple weeks. This post has the details.

14. Play Dough Cards

Use this free printable to make a play dough card for kiddos— or creative adults.

15. Chevron Hearts

Use scraps of fabric and leather to make little chevron heart motifs that turn a plane white card into something special. You can make matching necklaces too, like this blogger did.

16. Origami Hearts

Make this classy little cards by folding your own origami hearts, as done here.

17. Vodka Conversation Hearts

You’ll win over even the staunchest V-day critic if you attach your card to vodka, and include a festive cocktail recipe. This post has the details.

18. Photo Prop Cards

Make memories with photo prop cards that’ll inspire a Valentines photo shoot. Made by this blogger.

19. Handmade Stamp Cards

Make your own simple stamps to give your V-day cards a personal touch. Learn how here.

20. Date Night Arrows

Attach date night (or girls’ night) ideas to the ends of felt arrows, made here, to keep the romance going long after Valentines Day.

21. A (Real) Heart Card

Get anatomically correct with this truly heart-shaped card. This printable makes it easier.

22. Watercolor Set Card

Give your artistic friends a card they can color with. Get the details here.

23. Magnet Message

Give a note that’ll stick. Trace a message onto a piece of plastic, stick a magnet on the back, and you’ve done it. Check out this tutorial.

24. Little Letter Box

Tell someone how much they mean in many different ways with this little box full of love notes.

25. Love Potions

Turn little test tubes into love potions with little cards (and by filling them with Crystal Light). Get the details here.

26. Fortune Cookies

It’s surprisingly easy to make fortune cookies out of card stock. Then fill them with little love notes. This post shows you how.

27. Love Note Matchboxes

Paint matchboxes with chalkboard paint, write a little message, and fill them with red hots. This blogger had the idea.

28. Secret Message in a Bottle (or Jar)

Give someone a little brain teaser with this message in a bottle that requires a little decoding.

29. Old Sock Card

Who knew an old sock could make such a cute card. This blogger had the idea.

30. Neon Gum Ball Bags

These directions shows you how to make cute little gum ball window baggies, great for handing out at a party.

31. Flip a Coin

Don’t just offer to be their Valentine— make them flip a coin for it. Check out this post for the how to.

32. Heart Bulb

Turn an old lightbulb into a little love note with colorful wire and a wooden block base. These directions explain how.

33. 52 Reasons Deck

Not just one card, but a whole deck. These directions tell you how to turn a deck of cards into an expression of love.

34. Woven Heart

Make woven hearts out of straws or paper and use them to embellish cards, or use the as cards themselves. Check out this video tutorial.

35. Ice Cream Bookmark

Tell your friends how much you love them (as much as ice cream even) with these cute bookmarks. This free printable makes it easy.

36. Felt Candy Envelope

No one will miss the card when the envelope is filled with candy, like this felt one is.

37. Constellation Cards

Forget hearts and flowers, make these unique constellation cards featuring a variety of star combinations. Check out this tutorial.

38. Cupcake Liner Candy Cards

Use cupcake liners to make little candy-filled cards, as done here.

39. Paint Swatch Notes

Paint swatch cards are the perfect base for an XOX or I❤U. Add your message with stamps. As seen here.

40. Candles Card

Birthday candles are the perfect easy adornment for a romantic card. Find out how to make your own here.

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