My son wants to have some friends over to decorate some cookies for Valentine’s day. I was trying to figure out something crafty to go along with the cookie decorating so we will also decorate some cards. Here goes the very basic how to. I will leave the embellishment with glitter, stamps, stickers, ribbon and doilies to you and the boys. However, I will warn you that this little party has very little to do with crafts and decorating but rather the FOOD —they are 10. I will show you the final results later but if they look too crafty—like they really enjoyed this, I will have to block out their heads because they would not want anyone to know that they still like crafts. If they don’t turn out we will know what I suspected all along was true — it is all about the food!

You will need regular weight copy paper and cardstock to make these cards. First fold the regular weight copy paper in half.

Regular weight pink paper folded in half.

Cut out a rectangular space 2-1/2 inches over and 2 inches down from the upper right corner.

Cut out a space 2 1/2 inches over and 2 inches down from the upper right corner of open side of paper..

Fold the left edge (the edge with the fold) over as shown in the picture.

Fold the left edge (the side with the fold) the paper over.

Unfold the fold you just made and cut the top part away as shown in the picture, creating the top of a heart shape. You might want to practice on scrap paper until you get the heart shape you are happy with.

Unfold the fold you just made and beginning on the left hand side of the paper cut a half circle ending at the corner of the rectangular space. This should create the shape of the top of a heart.

Fold the heart to the center of the inside of folded paper.

Fold the heart the the center to the inside center of the folded paper.

Cut two inches off of the long side of a piece of cardstock. Fold the larger piece of cardstock in half creating a card.

Cut two inches off of the long side of a piece of cardstock. Fold the larger piece in half.

Place your pop-up heart card into piece of cardstock and glue everything together but the heart shape.

Place your heart card into the second piece cardstock and glue everything but the heart shape.

Decorate the front of the card with more hearts or however you like – make it yours.

Decorate the front with another heart or however you wish.

Decorate the inside of the card with more hearts and a special message to your Valentine. When you open the card the heart pops up revealing your special message.

Decorate the pop-up heart inside the card with and complimenting or contrasting heart and write a special message such as, "Happy Valentine's Day!".

More crafty Valentine Ideas can be found here.


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  1. Thank you for the great idea! I used it as a template for birthday card and made a cake instead of a heart.

  2. Charming! I can’t wait to see what they come up with. We spent a large part of Sunday decorating and signing valentines for the class- but your are better! 🙂 MKZ

  3. So cute! Thanks for sharing this. My two year old and I are going to make some for her daddy and grandparents! Your ideas and tutorials are so great.

  4. I think the boys are still interested in the crafts….. I want to attend because, 1. I want to know which boy is making a valentine for which girl 2. I need to make my Valentine a valentine ( I love u Cindy) and 3. the FOOD!!!!

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