Picture it: it’s Valentine’s Day in elementary school. You’ve come prepared with a stack of Lisa Frank valentines, all painstakingly signed and designated to each classmate. The anticipation of reading your own collection of received valentines is causing you to buzz with excitement...or maybe that’s the sugar high kicking in from the box of Sweethearts you just ate.
Can we all agree that Valentine’s Day as a kid kind of kicked a$$? Making Valentine’s Day cards is an annual tradition that tends to wane as we grow older, but we believe it’s one of the things that make the holiday so fun — like making cookies on Christmas.
Even if you haven’t made a Valentine card in years, it’s never too late to start. Valentines are an easy, affordable DIY gift for partners, family members, classmates, and co-workers.
Simple or complex, ornate or minimalistic, we’ve gathered up everything you need to create a classic valentine card this year.
Don’t think you have time to make valentines this year? La Design Boutique on Etsy has got you covered. This pre-assembled Valentine’s Day greeting card kit includes five blank cards, twine rope, paper flowers, hearts, and envelopes—everything you need to create gorgeous, sentimental valentines without the hassle of restocking on arts and craft supplies.
Victorian greeting cards really went off on their greeting cards, and if you’re looking to embody the romantic whimsy of the late 19th century, this card kit from Craft It Up By Lisa is a great place to start. With hundreds of pieces to work with, the possibilities in this kit are practically endless.
As convenient as pre-assembled kits are, classic valentines can be made-from-scratch by homemade newbies and crafting champions alike—so if you have the time and sequins to spare, we say go for it. Let’s start with the card’s base: paper.
For more control over your valentine’s size and shape, opt for patterned craft paper. Miss Kate Cuttables’ "Sending Love" patterned paper pack includes classic heart designs and festively-colored stripes, plaids, and mid-century geometric shapes.
Valentine’s Day is great and all, but the red-and-pink combo is not for everyone. This patterned paper pack from YARUMI features soft, neutral tones with whimsical patterns of florals, swans, and other vintage designs that are beautiful enough to use year-round.
Oftentimes, only one design element is needed to really embody a holiday's signature look: for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a clover; for Halloween, it’s a pumpkin; for Valentine’s Day, it’s a heart-shaped paper doily.
Handmade, premium cotton doilies offer a timeless touch and interesting textures to valentines, both large and small. With a wide range of sizes and lace designs, you’ll be able to use these doilies around the home long after February 14th.
Not an artist? Not a problem. You can add beautiful, eye-catching designs to your valentine without ever picking up a pencil with these holiday-themed stickers.
Washi tape is a decorative adhesive tape made from Japanese paper, and we are obsessed. These decorative spools of tape can be used for bullet journals, wall decor, and of course, sprucing up a homemade valentine.
Equally helpful for those not-so-artistically-gifted are stencils, which help create beautiful calligraphy and lettering without taking a crash-course in handwriting styles.
For a different variety of Valentine’s designs, including ‘I miss you’ messages for long-distance lovers, try this 22-pack of stencils from Outus. These decorative stencils can be used year-round for multiple holidays, get well cards, and more.
Featuring multiple sizes, styles, and romantic messages like ‘I love you to the moon and back’ and ‘All you need is love,’ CODOHI’s painting templates can be used multiple times and are great for greeting cards, framed signs, and decorating fabric throw pillows and tote bags.
Because sometimes, it needs a little something extra.
Most of us stopped using craft pom-poms when we left school, and that’s a grave misfortune we want to rectify immediately. These ultra-cute glitter pom-poms in red and pink will effortlessly transform your homemade cards into Lisa Frank-like masterpieces.
So, you’ve made the perfect valentine. The doilies are glued to perfection, all cupids perfectly placed, and right where a poem should be, there’s an…empty, uninspired, why-did-I-think-I-should-make-this space.
Don’t worry! As always, the internet has created a solution for hopeless romantics stuck in a fit of writer’s block. Complete your valentine with an auto-generated poem from any of these online services:
Think of two or three simple adjectives to describe your special someone, and let this online poem generator do the rest.
Enter your love’s name, hair color, and eye color for a romantic love poem that would give even the most stoic of recipients the butterflies.
Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted or you and your partner show affection by roasting each other, this random valentine generator game from Beano is a great way to get inspired without taking it too seriously.