I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day in elementary school. Each student would share cards or treats with the other, stuffing them into carefully decorated shoeboxes, anticipating what was in their own. I looked forward to this holiday each year, so as a homeschooling parent, I still make priority for this holiday with colorful crafts and baking infused into our typical school routine. My children carefully create their own handmade cards to share with their friends, which makes them a bit unique each year.
This year, I wanted to find a way to be more resourceful, to repurpose materials and use tools or supplies we already own. Since we order most of home goods and books online, I always have a regular supply of craft paper, paperboard, and cardboard boxes. I pulled out other necessary supplies for them to use, and as often happens, they took it from there and created their own sets of unique cards.
These cards can be strung together to make garland or layered onto another card, or used as a card all on their own. It was easy and flexible for different ages. Even better, it was economical and an environmentally friendly way to celebrate this playful holiday.
cardboard or paperboard
non-toxic paint (strong enough to see on cardboard)
heart-shaped cookie cutter or stencil
Cut the paperboard or cardboard into flat panels.
Let the kids paint as they will. I encouraged my own kids to touch colors but not overlap too much, to avoid brown blobs.
After the paint dries, flip each sheet of cardboard over and trace as many heart shapes as possible.
Cut out the hearts.
Write little messages on the front and back. If you have a young writer, you might write for them.
String them together for garland, layer them onto another card, or use them as a small note of kindness on their own. Happy Valentine’s Day!