How to Help Your Teen Make a Homemade Valentine's Day Card

Gather your supplies.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be about romantic love. Instead, it's a great time to share your love for friends and family too.

And there's something extra special about receiving a handmade card. So sit down with your teen and make some Valentine's Day cards together.

It could be great for your relationship and it could also remind your teen of the importance of treating others with kindness. So whether you make cards for grandparents who live far away or an elderly neighbor who lives alone, turn it into a fun activity that you can do together. 

These directions will allow you to make two of these cards. The size is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". These cards will fit in a standard 4 3/8" by 5 3/4" envelope.

Supplies you'll need:

  • 1 piece 8-1/2" by 11" card stock, white
  • scrap piece of red cardstock 
  • 2 red or metallic mini brads
  • glue stick
  • one piece printed vellum

Tools you'll need:

  • word processor (ex: MS Word)
  • paper cutter and scissors
  • small hole punch & one inch heart punch

Print out the base card.

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Open your word processing software on your computer (such as MS Word). Then:

  1. Set your page to landscape, which means the paper is held horizontally. 
  2. Format the page so it has two columns.
  3. Set the bottom margin to 7". Just slide the margins on the left.
  4. In the first column, set the font to size: 72; color: dark red, Type: 'Be Mine'. Choose whatever font you think will look best. 
  5. Copy this column and paste it in the second column.
  6. Check the print page set up and make sure the text is in the bottom center in its column, if so, print out. If not, go back and fix, then print out.
  7. When you have printed this out, cut the 8-1/2" by 11" sheet in half. This will be your two cards.

Cut vellum.

Cut the vellum so that it fits above the 'Love You' on the card.

Attach vellum.

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Denise D. Witmer

Line up the piece of vellum on your card front and hold it there while you punch a small hole on either side at the top. Attach your mini brads.

Attach the hearts you punched out.

Punch out a heart and attach to the card at the bottom, overlapping the vellum. Use glue and attach the vellum to the card under the punchie. This is so that you hide the glue mark that will show through the vellum.

Add the finishing touches.

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Denise D. Witmer

Be sure that the vellum is secure under the punchie and at the top where the mini brads are located. After the glue is dry, send it to someone you love.

Encourage your teen to send cards to anyone she wants to show appreciation to. Make it clear that she doesn't have to send it someone she feels romantic love for, but instead, she can use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to express gratitude and say thank you to the people she cares about. 

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