Homemade Valentine Cards

Make homemade Valentine cards with our free heart template. These Valentine craft ideas make a great rainy day project for you and the kids.

I will show you how to make a basic heart on a spring card.

Once you have made one spring card you can experiment and make lots of different ones.

Kids will love making these pop-up cards and if they are safe with scissors they can do them on their own.

Materials and Equipment

This is what you will need to make the basic card. You may require extra materials to decorate the card such as felt pens or stickers.

  • A plain greeting card
  • Heart template #2
  • Colored card for the heart shape
  • 2 strips of thin card for the spring 1cm (1/2") x 10cm (4")
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Heart Template 2

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

Mia's Top Tip

Try using card in different colors to make the spring.

The card I used was white on one side and red on the other and it gives the spring more definition than using just one color.

You can also try making different length springs for different effects.

You will soon have a whole range of different homemade Valentine cards.

Homemade Valentine Cards Tutorial



Cut out one of the heart templates, we used one of the smaller hearts.



Glue the two strips of card together forming a right angle.

Position them so that the one glued on top is facing you. The other one should be on your left as in the diagram.



Turn the left hand strip over going away from you.

Folding the other strip over it creasing sharply.


Take the left hand strip and fold it over the vertical one, creasing sharply.

The left hand strip should now be on the right.

I find it easier to keep turning the strips of card as I fold.



Keep folding one strip over the other until you have no card left.

Trim the ends if necessary.



Glue the ends together and leave until dry.

You can use a peg or paper clip to hold the ends while waiting for the glue to dry.




Glue one end of the spring to your heart template.




Glue the other end onto your card.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

You don't have to just use a heart shape any shape can be glued to the spring, just make sure the card isn't too heavy.

You could fix a the spring inside one of our Free Gift Box Templates so it pops up as the box is opened.

Make sure the spring is long enough to pop out of the box.

Push the spring with shape attached down into the box then sprinkle confetti over the top of the shape and close the box carefully.

You may want to tie the box closed with a piece of ribbon if the spring is strong.

When the box is opened the shape will spring out showering the recipient with confetti.

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