03 February 2013

Weekend DIY: Heart Felt Valentine's Day Cards



This post is written by contributing author Angela Hamilton.   

Valentine’s Day preparation is in full swing: boxes of cards on the shelves in department stores, countless bags of candy, and all those big-name diamond retailers competing for air time on TV. It might be the very reason many of us do not like Valentine’s Day. Gifts can feel forced, people can feel obligated to buy expensive dinners, or feel crunched for time in finding a personal card. Instead of dreading February 14th, I have an easy project that could replace those mass-produced cards and bring a bigger smile to your loved ones’ faces. 
DIY - Heart Felt Valentine's Day Cards
This DIY only takes a few minutes for each card, and is so customizable. I used my alphabet stamps, left over card stock, and one sheet of stiff felt. You’ll also need some sort of backing for your heart, like a pin or hair clip (or ring, or adhesive to make a sticker… there are many possibilities). I like to gather as many materials as possible from my own collection — take the paper from the recycle bin or use scrap fabric from another project — but admittedly I bought a pack of pins for these ones.
DIY - Heart Felt Valentine's Day Cards

Of course, after I made my first time, I had a "how did I not think of that?" moment when my boyfriend looked at the felt heart and said, oh I get it... heart felt. Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking...
DIY - Heart Felt Valentine's Day Cards

You can use the pin to poke a hole in the card and enclose it around the paper. Stamp whatever message you prefer, and it’s ready to go! I spruced it up with some twine that came wrapped around a recent Etsy purchase, and closed it with washi tape—no need for an envelope.

Wouldn’t this look so cute on an excited child’s dress shirt or in their hair? (Beware of sharp points, though).
DIY - Heart Felt Valentine's Day Brooch
I made a brooch for myself, too. Don't spread yourself too thin, allow time for a little self-love, too!  And my goal is to give a card to one person I might not normally reach out to. Why not wear your heart on your sleeve (or whatever)?


Angela Hamilton is a writer and crafter from the Pacific Northwest, and a recent college graduate who blogs about creativity, her adventures alongside her Nikon, and her thrift-shopping, list-making lifestyle. She is currently striving to find a balance between working full-time in an office and following those distant dreams of writing and making things every single day. Her blog is Garden & Sea, and she runs both a vintage shop  and a crochet shop on Etsy. Connect with Angela on Twitter.