Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I REALLY wanted to make Valentine cards with my boys and thought this would be a perfect idea!
I got the inspiration from my Scrapbook Paper Christmas Trees I made this past Christmas. I had a friend say, “Very cute! Those could be made into cute Christmas cards…” I agreed, it was a GREAT idea.
Very cute! Those could be made into cute…cards…
For this craft, there is prepping involved BEFORE the kids can start. Steps 1-3 are all your “prep” steps for this craft. Once everything is prepared, your kids are ready to begin.
I stopped by my local craft store and grabbed some Valentine-y styles of scrapbook paper (they were 50% off!!). I really liked all the patterns I found!!
I pulled out a COUPLE different colors of cardstock from my stash for my cards.
Step 1 – Cut Your Scrapbook Paper Strips
I pulled out my ruler, and “Trusty” X-Acto knife to cut my scrapbook paper into strips. Once I had them cut into strips, I then cut all my strips in HALF using scissors.
Step 2 – Trace and Cut Out Your Heart
For the card, I used cardstock. I traced out my heart shape from a WOODEN HEART I had for a home craft I was going to do.
Then, I used my “Trusty” X-Acto knife again to cut out my heart shape.
Step 3 – Cut Out Your Background Paper
I folded a piece of cardstock in half, and cut it in TWO for my background (this is where you add your scrapbook paper).
Step 4 – Make Your Scrapbook Paper Heart
Now that your craft is prepared, the kids are ready to get started!! They were REALLY excited about this craft.
I had my boys cover their background paper with a glue stick and place their strips of scrapbook paper over top. Keeping them as CLOSE together as they can.
Once their paper was COVERED, I cut off the excess paper hanging over the edges.
Step 5 – Add Inner Heart to Your Card
Since I HATE wasting paper, I decided to use the cut out hearts for the insides of my cards (I had the kids draw a picture on their hearts).
I used a scrap piece of paper and made an ACCORDION-STYLE pleat.
Then, I added paste to my heart and firmly placed it on the pleat. I added more paste to the OTHER side of the pleat and firmly pressed in the middle of the right side of the card.
Step 6 – Add Your Scrapbook Paper Heart
I had my son add paste all around the INNER-LEFT side of the card and firmly press down the scrapbook paper background.
Step 7 – Finishing Touches
Once you’re DONE, have your kids write or draw a personal message inside. I think their grandparents will be getting these SUPER cute cards for Valentine’s Day!
My boys and I had LOTS of fun making these cards together (if only you could see outtakes of this tutorial).
I had my 5 and 2 year olds work on these cards. My 5 year old did a GREAT job making it by himself, but my 2 year old (almost 3) needed a some help.
BIG brother was to the rescue helping out his little brother. They have such a great time crafting together :)