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9 DIY Valentines Day Cards, Gifts & Decorations

9 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards, Gifts, & Decorations

Valentine’s Day is perhaps the most mercurial “holiday” on our calendar. Some people think it’s just a day made up to sell more flowers, chocolates, and greeting cards, but for others it’s the one day a year where they get to celebrate their love (and be celebrated by their love). Kids love it, single teenagers and adults hate it, and others completely ignore it.

However you feel about Valentine’s Day, sometimes you just can’t avoid it. Maybe your kids want to hand out cards to their classmates, or maybe your partner is a hopeless romantic – luckily, we’re here to help you show the love.

Check out this list of our favorite cards, gifts, and decorations. They’re all easy to make using one main ingredient – paper.

Cards & Gifts For The Kids

Super Valentine Card

This is a great, simple Valentine’s card for kids. All you have to do is print it, cut it out, and poke a lollipop through it. The hardest thing is not succumbing to the temptation of eating a lollipop.

Super Valentines Jessica Okui ZakkaLife

Download and print your own Super Valentine cards here, by Jessica at ZakkaLife. Or draw and cut out your own capes using colorful cardstock. Here are our paper suggestions:

Pool Blue Cardstock

Treasures Pool Cardstock Valentines Day

Deep Sunshine Yellow Cardstock

ColorMates Deep Sunshine Yellow Cardstock Valentines Day

Cardinal Red Cardstock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cardinal Red Cardstock Valentines Day

Folding Heart Cards

Here’s another easy card for the kids. Simply cut out a heart, fold it into the shape of an envelope, and write a message on the inside! Read the full instructions here.

Folding Hearts Card Valentines Day Martha Stewart

Try using a lighter weight paper instead of cardstock – it’ll fold easier. Check out our selection of red, pink, and white papers.

Hand Valentines

Just when you thought our suggestions couldn’t get any easier, they do. This one doesn’t even require help from an adult – all your kids have to do is trace their hand, cut it out, and write a message.

Hand Valentines Day Cards

We suggest using a more substantial paper, such as a 65 or 80 lb. cardstock. You can shop our selection of cardstock by color here.

Valentine’s Bookmark

These bookmarks are cheap and easy to make, which makes them the perfect gift for an entire classroom (and one the teacher will probably appreciate more than candy).

Valentines Day Bookmark Martha Stewart

Try using whatever craft punches you have on hand – you can even customize the bookmark to the giftee! You can use any color you like, but here are some of our favorites:

Light Green Cardstock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Light Green Card Stock Valentines Day

Golden Yellow Cardstock

Cascata Golden Yellow Card Stock Valentines Day

Turquoise Cardstock

Cascata Turquoise Card Stock Valentines Day

Cards & Gifts For Adults

3D Pop-Up Cards

This one is a bit more complicated – too much work for your kid’s 30 classmates, but perfect for that special someone or your close friends (Galentine’s Day, anyone?). Learn how to make your own 3D pop-up cards, thanks to Martha Stewart.

3D Pop Up Valentines Card Martha Stewart

Try using pink cardstock, or your partner’s favorite colors. Here are some recommendations:

Deep Pretty Pink Cardstock

ColorMates Deep Pretty Pink Card Stock Valentines Day

Barely Pink Cardstock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Barely Pink Card Stock Valentines Day

Vino Cotto Cardstock

Flavours Gourmet Vino Cotto Card Stock Valentines Day

Love Coupons

This gift is probably best left for couples, unless you’re unusually close with your friends. All you have to do is print out these love coupons, stuff them in envelopes, and you’re good to go! You can download the printable here, from Sarah Hearts.

Love Coupons Sarah Hearts Valentines Day

You can even substitute in your own love coupons to customize your gift for your partner.

The only supplies you need are white cardstock and A2 envelopes. Here are our suggestions:

White Card Stock

Treasures White Card Stock Valentines Day

Red A2 Envelopes

BriteHue Red Envelopes A2 Valentines Day

If you don’t want to use red envelopes, check out the rest of our selection of A2 envelopes.

Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are a great Valentine’s gift for anyone, from your co-workers to your parents. Plus, they never die! Find out how to make them here.

Paper Flowers Martha Stewart

We think your bouquet will be especially festive and beautiful using these colors:

Cyclamen Pink Cardstock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cyclamen Pink Card Stock Valentines Day

Cotton Candy Cardstock

CutMates Cotton Candy Card Stock Valentines Day

Deep Racy Raspberry Cardstock

ColorMates Deep Racy Raspberry Card Stock Valentines Day


3D Paper Hearts

If you’re one of those people who loooove Valentine’s Day, this decoration is perfect for you. Turn a boring wall (perhaps the one by your breakfast table?) into a work of art by hanging some 3D paper hearts in different sizes.

Paper Hearts Wall Valentines Day How About Orange

They’re so cute, chances are you’ll leave them up after February 14th. In fact, they’re so cute, this writer might be tempted to put them up herself, even though she’s definitely not one of those people who love Valentine’s Day. Find out how to make them here, thanks to How About Orange.

You can make them in any color, but here are our red and pink recommendations:

Cardinal Red

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cardinal Red Card Stock Valentines Day

Shocking Pink Card Stock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Shocking Pink Card Stock Valentines Day

Printable Banner

Don’t have a free wall on which to create a 3D paper heart masterpiece? Try making this super-easy printable banner. Simply print, cut, and hang!

DIY Printable Valentines Day Banner

Download the printables here, from Sandy Toes and Popsicles.

This banner is so versatile, you can easily use whatever colors you want. These are our favorites:


ColorMates Smooth & Silky Lilac Card Stock Valentines Day

Yellow Cardstock

ColorMates Smooth & Silky Yellow Card Stock Valentines Day

Butternut Squash Cardstock

CutMates Butternut Squash Card Stock Valentines Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you love It, hate it, or love to hate it, Valentine’s Day is an annual tradition that even the most dedicated haters can’t ignore. Just close your eyes and think about all the discount chocolate you can buy on the 15th

Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.