How To Make a DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Who doesn’t love Valentine crafts? Today, Lisa from Mumma’s Corner shows us how to make a quick and easy homemade Valentine’s Day card.

DIY card

Before we begin, let me just point out that you can make your card any size you want. For sake of uniformity throughout the post I will keep my measurements to correlate to a smaller sized card, measuring 4” x 3 1/2 ” with an (optional) photo insert measuring about 3” x 2 1/2”.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • White card stock,
  • Exacto knife
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Heart hole-punch
  • 5/8 ” width red ribbon
  • 3” x 2 1/2 ” photo (optional)


Cut your white card stock into a long strip measuring 16” x 4”.

With your ruler, measure 4” in from one side of the card stock and make a light pencil mark from the top to bottom.

Measure another 4” in from that mark and make another light pencil mark from top to bottom.

Measure another 4” in from that mark and make another light pencil mark from top to bottom. Your card stock should now have 4 equal sections.

In the middle of the second section, measure half way down at 1 3/4 ” and make a mark.

Move your ruler over and measure another 1 3/4” down and make anther mark. (Make as many marks as you want hearts on the cover of your card).

With your heart hole-punch (or exacto knife if you don’t have a heart hole punch), cut out a heart using the pencil marks as your center guide for the cut out.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Fold the card stock in half along the center pencil line.

On the far end of the card stock, measure exactly half way down at 1 3/4 ” and make a mark with your pencil. Use your exacto knife to cut out a narrow (approximately 5/8” long) oblong cut-out through both sides of the card stock, using the pencil mark as your center point for the cut out.

Repeat step 9 along the center fold of the card stock.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Open the entire card stock and using your Exacto knife, make four 1” long diagonal slits (about 1” in from the corners) to hold the corners of the photograph. If you don’t have a photograph or don’t want to use a photograph, skip this step.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Erase any pencil lines/marks and fold in end sections to meet in the middle.

Insert photograph on the right and write a Valentine’s Day message on the left hand side. If you didn’t use a photograph, write your message on the right hand side.

Weave your red ribbon through the left slit, through the middle, and through the opposite end and tie the ends together in a bow to close the card.

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Put in envelope (envelope must have larger dimensions than 4” x 3 1/2”. The ones I have are 5” x 3 ¾” which fit perfectly). Seal with another heart cut out on the back and give to someone special :)

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  1. says

    What a great idea….though I’m not too good with an exacto knife. I think I’ll opt for a heart punch instead. Even the kidlets could help me do this.

  2. says

    I love the card! It so much more thoughtful to make a DIY card than to just pick one from Hallmark. It shows the time and effort you put into it, plus you get to personalize it and write exactly how you feel inside the card. Thanks for sharing!