outside of valentineIf you are like me, you probably don’t have Valentine’s yet. (But you do have a desire to make something home-made and adorable, right?) Well, here are a couple of ideas for something super quick and easy, but impressively cute. For a ton of other ideas (50 to be precise, check out Family Fun’s ideas. Which is were I got this first one from.)

Magic Message

Materials:

Construction paper (other types will work too, but you want color or prints. You’ll want 2 colors per card)

Scissors

Tape or glue

Directions:

1. Cut both pieces of paper into a square and accordion fold it to have 4 panels. (It shouldprying open the center pf valentine make an “W” shape from the side.)

2. Open the paper up so that you have a mountain in the center and make 3 cuts (2-3 inches apart) down the center to the fold lines.

3. Cut your other piece of paper into 4 strips. Weave 2 of these strips into the center panels of your card.

4. (This is where it is a little tricky:) Position your paper so that it is in a W shape again. Now pull the two middle panels of on color in opposite directions. The mountain part will open up like a book; smooth these 2 panels down to make the outside of the card.

5. Cut out 2 hearts (or other shapes) and glue or tape onto the bottom 2 panels (these are the ones that are not woven.) Now, when you pull on the hearts, your card will flip open to reveal the inside.

6. Write a message on the outside and then pull open and write the rest. (We said “Valentine, you make me… flip!” and “Valentine, I have to say you are… the best!” Anything will work.)open valentine

* On Megan’s we choose to use 1 color and a white page which she drew on (but color on both sides, because they will both show.)

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Bee Mine

Materials:outside of valentine

Paper

Scissors

Markers

Paint

Directions:

1. It may be helpful to cut your paper into a square, but it is not necessary. Fold up the two bottom corners to meet in the center. (This will make a “T” shape with the sides coming to a point.)

2. Fold this in half and round off the top to make a heart shape once unfolded.

3. Now decorate the front and address it with your Valentine’s name.

4. Open the door-like flaps and draw a bee on the inside. (I used paint to make the color pop.) Then write “Mine” next to it and sign. (Of course, this could be done with other messages.)

Inside of valentine