Homemade Valentine Cards - a Butterfly Valentine to Make with Kids

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Homemade Valentine Cards - a Butterfly Valentine to Make with Kids

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Here is an adorable and super-easy butterfly Valentine card you can make with your child. If you're making cards for the entire class, this simple homemade Valentine is an excellent kids' craft—all you need to do is cut out multiple copies of each of the butterfly pieces and assemble them at the end. As with other Valentine crafts for kids, your child will love making these cute cards as much as she enjoys sharing them!

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First, gather your materials for your butterfly Valentine card.

homemade Valentine card
Katherine Lee

To get started, gather your materials. You will need the following:

  • cardstock paper in pink, purple, and red
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ruler
  • hole puncher
  • brad fastener
  • pen/pencil
  • fine-tipped marker

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Next, fold the red card stock paper.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

To begin making your butterfly Valentine, make a 2-inch fold in your red card stock paper.

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Draw the body of the butterfly.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Turn your paper so that the folded portion is vertical. Take your ruler and make a small mark at about 6 inches. This will be the height of your butterfly's body. Next, take a pen or pencil and draw a half circle, about 1/2-inch wide. This will be the head. Then draw a long, oval shape for the body, which should be narrow (about 1-inch maximum at its widest point). Add a small circle on top of the head for the antenna.

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Cut out the butterfly body.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Take your scissors and cut out the butterfly body. It should look something like this.

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Draw the butterfly's face.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Next, take your fine-tipped marker and draw a face on the butterfly. You can also add antennae on top of the head.

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Next, fold the pink card stock paper.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

The next step is to make the wings. Take your pink card stock paper and make a fold about 3 inches wide.

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Draw the butterfly wing.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Turn the pink card stock so that the fold is vertical. Take a pen or pencil and draw the butterfly wing on the folded portion of the pink card stock.

Tip: When making your wing, draw the bottom portion slightly wider and longer than the top portion of the wing. Make the wing about 3 inches wide at its widest point and about 5 inches from top to bottom (slightly shorter than the body).

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Cut out the wings.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Take your scissors and cut the wings for the butterfly. Once you've cut out the wings from the card stock, cut them in half so that you have two separate wings.

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Punch holes in the butterfly body and wings.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Using your hole puncher, make a hole in the body (just below the neckline) and wings (in the upper inner corners) of your butterfly.

Tip: You may want to line up the wings to the body to make sure that you want the holes in those spots before you make the hole. If you would like, you can make a small mark where the holes will go with a pencil.

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Fasten together the butterfly body and wings.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Take your brad fastener and put the butterfly body and wings together. Be sure not to make it too tight so that you can swivel the wings to open and close them.

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Cut out hearts using the purple card stock paper.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Take your purple card stock paper and make a fold about 2 inches wide. Draw hearts of various sizes and cut them out.

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Glue the hearts onto the butterfly's wings.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Children will especially love this next part. Even young kids can help decide where to glue on the hearts onto the wings to give the butterfly cards an little extra cuteness. Your child will be proud of his work!

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Write your Valentine message.

Homemade Valentine Cards
Katherine Lee

Have your child write his Valentine message on the body of the butterfly using a black fine-tipped marker. If hasn't quite mastered writing yet, you can write the message and just have him sign his name.

These cute Valentine cards are so fun and easy to make, you'll be able to whip up a whole batch for your child's class in no time flat!

 

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