Sarah Hatheway
February 09, 2015 12:10 pm

“Will you be my Valentine?” It’s a question you might hope to hear on February 14—although “Will you eat this gigantic box of assorted chocolates?” sounds just as sweet (if not sweeter)! But whether you’re planning a date with a special someone, or partying with your besties, Valentine’s (and Galentine’s) Day is all about sharing some love, and that makes it worth celebrating, in my book!

This week, show someone you care with this whimsical handmade card. The heart and arrow shape—not to mention the cheery red and pink colors—make this a classic Valentine, perfect for letting a friend or a crush know you care. Now all that’s missing is that chocolate. . .

Materials:

  • Red felt
  • Magenta felt
  • Lightweight tagboard
  • Scratch paper to make a template
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Craft glue

Craft away:

  • Fold a piece of tagboard in half, short end to short end. Glue the red felt to the tagboard, lining up the edge of the felt with the edge of the fold. Let dry.
  • Glue the magenta felt to a piece of unfolded tagboard. Let dry.

  • Fold a piece of scratch paper in half, short end to short end. Draw a half-heart against the fold, 6-inches long by 3-inches wide. Cut out the shape and unfold it to make a heart template.
  • Fold a second piece of scratch paper in half, long end to long end. Draw a half-arrow shape against the fold. Make the entire shape 10-inches long, with a 1/2-inch body and a 1 1/2-inch head and tail. Cut out the shape and unfold it to make an arrow template.

  • Trace the heart template onto the red felt, lining up the left side of the heart with the fold of the tagboard. Cut out the shape. You should now have a heart-shaped card, attached at the left side.

  • Trace the arrow template onto the magenta felt, and cut it out.

  • Cut the arrow shape in half, right through the middle. Apply glue to the ends without the head or the tail, and glue them to the front of the heart at an angle. This will create the familiar “heart with an arrow through it” image. Let dry.
  • Write a sweet note in your card, and give it to your Valentine or Galentine!

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