We are making handmade DIY collage Valentines today from paper and paper scraps. It's a fun project for kids and parents. I know I always appreciate a handmade card versus a store-bought card. The same goes for gifts. Isn't it much nicer to receive a gift that your friend or family made instead of a bought gift? Well, here is a fun idea to get you started. You can get creative with these Valentines and add fun bits of ribbon and frill if you so desire.
What you Need:
- Paper of any color
- Torn scraps of paper
- Hole Punch
- Extra scraps of ribbon etc. (optional)
What to Do:
- Tear pages from magazines or colored paper in desired colors. We used reds, pinks and lavenders. Rip into small pieces about half an inch to inch in size.
- Cut out a large Heart to desired size and shape. Remember you can make a more rounded heart or a skinny elongated heart. Even if the heart is mis-shapened, it's still a fun heart. If you would like a double heart, as shown, set your heart on a piece of paper and draw a larger heart around it. Second heart could be about an inch wider than original heart.
- Dab a bit of glue onto one scrap of paper at a time and start pasting your paper scraps onto the smaller heart. As you add additional scraps, place them next to the previous one pasted down.
- Fill the heart with alternating colors and textures, making sure the edges of scraps stay within the heart shape.
- Let dry completely.
- To make the second heart, as shown, use a hole punch and punch holes around the edge of the heart, trying to stay about the same distance from the edge.
- Glue (or perhaps staple, the hearts together. Add trims and possibly lace a ribbon or cord through the punched holes, tying on top or fringing at bottom.
- You can also add a sweet "I Love You" message to the top heart by cutting squares of white paper and inking in the letters.
For Valentine crafts
Sharon Pierce McCullough