DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts
Story goes that Roman Emperor Claudius II decreed a law that all young man should remain single. The Emperor was trying to grow his army and believed that married men did not make for good soldiers. St. Valentine was a persecuted christian and despise the Emperor orders, performed secret wedding ceremonies for young soldiers.
When Claudius found out, he had Valentine arrested. There he met the jailer’s daughter, a blind young girl.
In order to save his life, Claudius proposed that Valentine should convert to Roman paganism, but he refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Claudius was furious and order his immediate execution.
Before his death, he wrote a card to his beloved, the jailer’s daughter. As she opened the card, a miracle happened, her sight was restored and she was able to read the note “From your Valentine”.
3D Paper Hearts
via: How About Orange
You could stick them on a wall or door temporarily, or glue them to a board permanently to make a 3D wall poster. They’d be cool to attach to presents, too. Surprise somebody with an explosion of hearts!
These are made from traditional heart shapes with a slit cut partway down the center. Cut your own hearts freehand, or print and cut out the shapes on the template I made, which might be faster and uses fewer brain cells.
Origami Heart Bookmark
This origami model is simple but versatile because it’s also able to become a 4-leaf clover or a flower by grouping 4 together, and hide a small item (like a ring) in front or even have it stand on its own by making an easel with the back flap.
Ombré Heart Calendar
via: Me and my DIY
This is the perfect gift for the guys. They know every upcoming date for football games, but Valentine’s… “when is that, again?”
This lovely tutorial, comes with downloadable PDFs of the calendar with little gray lines, so you know where to glue your hearts. Easy peasy!
Boxed Geometric Heart
Heart shaped boxes make a nice alternative to a card. You can even make one every color of the rainbow.
The tutorial, comes with downloadable PDF. It’s a fairly straight forward cut, score, fold, glue project.
via: Just Bella
This heart garland is so simple to make. It’s the kind of mindless activity you can manage while chatting, sipping your drink, and chasing after your kids.
They look really cute hung vertically in a window or horizontally across the mantel.
“Post-it” Heart Pinata
via: Brooklyn Bride
“Post-it” in the title comes with quotes. Why? Well, post-its have really ugly colors and they will fall down with the slightest wind.
You want something in really great colors that will stick permanently. So, you’ll have to end up cutting out your own squares out of different colored paper and gluing them with a glue gun. This way, there’s much more flexibility with the color-choice.
Roses are red…
via: Dozi Design
You can use squares of various sizes to have different sized roses.
Besides sticking them on branches, they would be great scattered on the table as well. Heck, you can even make a little bouquet of them.
…Carambolas are blue
via: Go Origami
These absolutely beautiful origami flowers were designed by Carmen Sprung. Each flower is made from a single sheet of paper, not from a square though, but from a pentagon.
You can also make a Kusudama origami ball from 12 of these flowers by gluing them together.
via: Ashbee Design
Super cute project for V-day. Is really easy, if you have a paper cutting machine.
A patient crafts person could cut this out with an exacto knife by hand, but it might take a while. You’d need to cut three sheets of paper to make one tree. But it’s for your love, so it’s worth it.
Pop-up Pixel Heart
They are really minimal (which I love) and take about 20 minutes to make (that includes the card, insert and envelope).
You can even make some pixel-y confetti to put inside the card. Here are two versions of the cutest cards ever made.