Heartfelt Handmade Valentine's Day Card
With love in the air and Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd use some scrap materials and embellishments to make some simple heartfelt, handmade Valentine's Day cards. Your friends and loved ones will appreciate the extra effort used to create such a beautiful and unique gift!
When I was the "room mom" for each of my sons back in Elementary school I would throw a Valentine's Day bash, where 25 kids and many parents showed up to make simplified versions of these cards. Of course, we didn't have time to sew or embellish the cards very much, but the kids had a blast using the materials I tossed on their tables. I pre-cut hearts out of fabric and watched as the third graders spilled glue and glitter all over the place. It was great fun and so interesting to see how the kids, boys and girls alike, created their own unique versions.
Sift through your stash and you're likely to find red and white scraps of all kinds to use for embellishments. I used a cookie cutter as my template for the heart cut-outs.
For my modern versions of these cards, I suggest you purchase blank cards from your craft, hobby or stationery store. I found inexpensive cards that work great at Michaels.
As I was sifting through crates of old silk flowers and fabrics, I found a red rose and decided to "deconstruct" it and use it to make an embellished card. I also found a stack of small quilt blocks I had made many years ago for my first block exchange quilt and thought I could use it to embellish a card as well!
Materials For Heartfelt Valentine's Day Cards:
Fabrics, threads, ribbons, and buttons for embellishment
Blank red or white pre-scored cards
Pinking shears or scissors
Glue Stick (I used child-friendly Supertite which is strong enough to hold materials in place but easy to sew through)
Sewing machine and thread in color of your choosing
Cut your fabrics or trims into pieces; make sure your fabric embellishments are pressed. Use your imagination to make as scrappy (or not) as you'd like. Experiment with different placements till you have your design.
Use a light amount of glue to attach to your card. The child-friendly Supertite glue stick I used dries in about five minutes.
Now it's time to use some stitching to enhance your card! Use some unique stitches on your machine or use a needle and thread to hand sew. I suggest using a dull needle or just accepting the fact that the needle you use will be dull after sewing through paper:)
Now it's time to use some stitching to enhance your card! Use some unique stitches on your machine or use a needle and thread to hand sew. I suggest using a dull needle or just accepting the fact that the needle you use will be dull after sewing through paper. :)
Keep adding a variety of stitches to your card, using dense stitchings to make some areas of your card stand out. I used straight line stitches, zig zag stitches, and satin stitches to attach my embellishments to the card.
After completing your stitching, punch two holes about an inch apart somewhere on your card. Tie a piece of cording or ribbon on the card. Now just embellish with any other buttons or small objects as desired!
I used a button to cover up a small area of stitching that looked inconsistent.
Get creative with other ideas and supplies you have in your stash! You can create birthday or holiday cards of all kinds with items you have in your "craft stash."
Now it's time to address your cards, add a little extra postage, and make someone's day a little brighter with your handmade Valentine's Day card! Find more unique DIY & Craft ideas and how-tos here.