How To: Make Your Own Valentines

Friday, February 3, 2012

Personally, I have always LOVED Valentine's Day! I take this holiday as an opportunity to give my family and friends valentines and show them how much I appreciate them (I firmly believe that this holiday shouldn't be ~exclusive~ for couples!) and eat wayyy too much discount chocolate on the 15th. I thought it might be fun to share with you how I make these valentines, and hopefully inspire a few of you to make some as well!

You Will Need
1. Multicolored cardstock/construction paper (and lots of it! Use any colors you would like, but be sure to have white on hand!)
2. Glue
3. Scissors
4. Fiskars Paper Edgers (optional)
5. Sequins and rhinestones
6. Magazine clippings of your favorite people/things (optional)

Begin by cutting out heart shapes - don't worry about making them perfect!

Glue this heart onto white paper, and using Fiskars Paper Edgers, cut around the heart. This will give the paper a white patterned edge (if you do not have any of these scissors, you can hand cut scallops out, but this will be more time consuming).

Now, line the colored heart with glue, and place sequins around the entire valentine.

(This might take a while)

Once you are finished, we have these beautiful bases! You can decorate these any way you want - I have a few examples of what I did below!

For the valentines on the left and middle, I cut out magazine clippings of Edward Scissorhands and Saved by the Bell and used sequins to add some ~pizazz. For the valentine on the right, I sketched out Siouxsie Sioux and then cut out the shape of her hair, eyebrows, eyes, and the mouth with paper.

For this pink one, I simply glued rhinestones onto the heart. Instant pretty!

And lastly, I made this card by cutting out the shapes and assembling them into the image of Batman and Superman. As a particularly fitting finishing touch, I added this mushy line: "You're My Kryptonite".

And there you have it! Pretty please let me know if you use this tutorial to make your own (I'd absolutely love to see them), and if you have any questions feel free to leave me an email or a comment!

♥, Kailey

36 comments:

  1. Aww, they're really cute!! I love the gem one and the Siouxsie one :D i'm sure whoever gets them will be very pleased!
    xxxx

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  2. Aww, this looks so fun! I remember I used to make valentines and birthday cards all the time. There's something so special about hand-made gifts.

    Always love visiting your blog. It's so fun!

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  3. This looks so super fun! My favourite one is the edward scissorhands card. can't wait to make one woohoo i'll probably put raven symone's face on one for my friend who is obsessed with thats so raven.

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  4. I am so impressed with this idea. They are sooo... cute.

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  5. Happy early Valentine's Day! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogpsot.com/

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  6. Oooh,I absolutely love this DIY!I definitely need to make some!

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  7. These are so cute and pretty! I`ll make some I promise)

    >'.'<

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  8. I found your blog through the superb comment you left on Arabelle's post on the Fashion Blogosphere, and... my goodness! It's so refreshing to see such interesting posts with such great pictures! This is such a great idea, I went to break out the construction paper before I started writing this comment. Also, the Une Femme Est Une Femme post from before-- PERFECT! Your blog is so lovely!

    Off to make my valentines!

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  9. Wow! This is so cute!! Great idea!

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  10. oh but this is really lovely darling, and i totally agree with you valentine shouldn´t be for couples only, i take this day to be with my friends and family too
    love and kiss,mary
    http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com

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  11. So cute! I'd love to spend my valentine's day with Edward Scissorhands himself giving him your perfect Siouxsie Sioux card!

    ♥!

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  12. Why are you so perfect? I almost cannot deal with how amazing the Saved by the Bell card is :D. And aah is the collage one Siouxsie? I sort of want to do a Galentine's day now (like on Parks and Rec) and make and give all these cards with and to my friends <3

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  13. Absolutely perfect... now I just have to find somebody worthy enough to be given one. I especially love the Edward Scissorhands one and think you have a lovely blog (and that this is a gorgeous post!)

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  14. these are lovely! I love that scissor! :)

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  15. LOVE! I think I might have my 2nd grade students do this!!

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty
    http://www.momomod.com

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  16. Oh these are so cute with the sequins! I always make my own cards (for as long as I can remember)- with little illustrations et al.

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  17. Lovely tutorial, paper crafting is so much fun and the sequins and gems make them so pretty

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  18. Lovely :) I think I will do some with sequins and hearts. WOuld be happy if you visited my blog, too. XX Lilly

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  19. holy poop, these are amazing! saved by the bell, edward scissorhands, siouxie sioux, and batman all included in one post? about valentines?

    awesome.

    www.the-launderette.com

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  20. You are crazy talented. I love these! The rhinestones are adorable. And also, I remember those scissors! My mom has a whole set of patterned scissors like that, they all have a different look - jagged or detailed, etc. I used to use them all the time. (:

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  21. I don't Valentine's Day but these are really cute.

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  22. So pretty! This is such a cute DIY! We are definitely going to do this, haha!

    PS. We've a DORIS giveaway on our blog! Check it out, if you'd like! :)

    ox from NYC,
    -davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  23. I approve of this SO hard! I love arts & crafts. I'm feeling a new favorite blog coming along, thanks!

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  24. aw, how cute! i'm saving this idea for next year!

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  25. Omg, remember when you told me not to peek at this post? Well, I haven't this entire time! haha. I'm only just seeing it now because I was creepin' your pinterest pages. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the Siouxsie valentine, it's the greatest valentine I've ever been given! <3 ^.^

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  26. I am so impressed with this idea. They are sooo... cute.
    Best facial in davie

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