If you like to make your own Valentines but you’re pressed for time (or have a small and impatient child), all-in-one Envelope Valentines could be the way to go. Turning a heart-shape into both a Valentine and an envelope is a delightful way to surprise the card’s recipient.
Since we started making Valentines in January, we’ve had plenty of time to iterate on the Valentine theme and recently whipped up these easy all-in-one cards that would be perfect to make for a group of classmates.
Because 2-year old N couldn’t wait to give all of these out for Valentines Day, they became Chinese New Year/Valentine Cards. My child lives quite happily in a post-modern world.
What you’ll need:
Cut out a heart, turn it upside down, and fold. If you’d like a tutorial on cutting hearts, Make and Takes has a nice one here.
Fold the “top” (or bottom!) of the heart up so that the folded edges line up. Crease.
Fold the “bottom” (top!) down, so that it looks like an envelope. I had to make a few of these before getting the location of the creases just right.
Open it up and flip it over.
Write a message.
And seal it up!
While my daughter is thrilled to cut paper and build sculptures, she hasn’t been the least bit interested in writing or drawing lately. So you can imagine my surprise when she actually had the stamina to make more than one of these!
When we sat down, I cut and folded a bunch of hearts and we got to work! Well, she folded, too…
We plowed through and made about ten of these before she had enough.
And when we were done, I recycled the cut-out Valentine scraps into window decor.
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