Make your Own Valentines

Fine Artist and craft expert Rebecca Shapiro and her daughter Natania showed us how easy and fun it can be to make your own Valentine's Day cards.

For more information about Rebecca Shapiro, check out her website.

Valentine Card with beads:

Supplies:

  • cards
  • envelopes
  • model magic beads
  • yarn
  • colored papers: red, pink, white
  • colored yarn: red, pink or white
  • yarn needle
  • sharp needle
  • red + white Crayola model magic
  • white glue or hot glue
  • spray glue
  • double sided sticky tape
  • glitter
  • scissors
  • xacto knife, ruler + cutting board
  • gold paint pen

Optional:

  • paper punch
  • scrapbooking eyelets + eyelet setter

To make the model magic beads:

  • Pinch off a small piece of model magic and roll in your hands to form the bead.
  • You can mix a little bit of white and red model magic to make pink.
  • Make as many beads as you need for your project.
  • You can also make heart shaped beads (punch a hole in the top of the bead).
  • Use the yarn needle to poke a hole through the bead making sure to make a large enough hole for stringing later. You can also reshape the bead a little after making the hole.
  • Set the beads aside to dry overnight.

To make the cards:

  • What's important to remember about card making is that the more embellishments and layering, the more interesting the card.
  • You can purchase pre-cut cards and envelopes at a specialty paper, craft or stationery store.
  • If you want to make your own cards, simply choose an envelope of your choice and be sure to cut the paper 1/4" smaller on all sides so it will fit in the envelope. You can cut a one sided card or a fold over card.
  • Once you have your card size, cut a piece of contrasting, colored paper 1/4" to 1/2" smaller so the original card "frames" the colored paper.
  • You can use a glue stick or spray glue to glue the back of the colored paper you just cut and center on the card.
  • Here comes the fun - embellishing!
  • Add a border of glitter around the card stock with double sided sticky tape or glue and let dry.
  • Decide what will be the focus of your card. Maybe it will be a heart or several beads that spell out LOVE. You can write L O V and E on each bead with a gold paint pen.
  • To thread the beads on the card, choose to spots about 1" in from the edge of the card and punch a hole through both the card and the colored paper. You can use a paper punch or a sharp needle.
  • If you have eyelets and an eyelet setter, you can set those into the holes. Don't worry if you don't have a paper punch or an eyelet setter. Just use a sharp needle and then run your yarn needle through to make the hold bigger. Your card will still look pretty.
  • Take a piece of colored yarn and thread the beads on the yarn.
  • Then thread the ends of the yarn through each side of the card and knot from behind.
  • Trim the knot tails on the inside of the card.
  • Your card is complete!
  • You can also use yarn to stitch a border on the card. Kids like to sew cards so make the holes first using a sharp needle. Then thread the yarn on the needle and let them stitch. They can glue hearts, beads, etc on the front of the card. Be sure to let them play with glitter, too! If you don't want a huge mess, you can use double sided sticky tape. Just lay it down on the card and let the kids sprinkle the glitter on top.

Play with all sorts of ways to decorate your cards...kids will especially come up with beautiful ways to embellish cards. 

Note: beads on a card won't go through the mail so if you want to mail your card, be sure to package in a larger, padded envelope. 
 

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