Valentine's Day is a day for making cards by hand. But who has time to be making anything as glamorous as what can be easily purchased from greeting card companies? Far better to do something quirky that isn't hard, so that at least your card is both original and cute. This dear little card is a play on both the heart theme and the idea of a butterfly, as hearts are used to form the butterfly shape. It's easy and quick to make, so if you've more than one Valentine, you could even make a few!
Part One of Three:
Making the Heart WingsEdit
1Choose a suitable card paper in a color you like. Red is a traditional color for Valentine's Day but equally great would be pink, purple, blue or bright yellow. Really, whatever you fancy for your butterfly card.
2Draw a heart shape on a piece of paper. This heart should be the size that you want the card to be. Then cut out the paper shape, as this is going to be your template.
- If you're no good at drawing hearts, find a suitable template for a heart online and print it off as your paper template. It must be the right size for your needs.
3Place the template onto the cardboard/cardstock for the card. Trace around it. Cut out the card heart. Repeat for another card heart, as you need two hearts.
4Attach the two hearts so that they form wing shapes. To do this:
- Face the two hearts sharp point ends together, with the rounded bumps facing outward from each other. Like this: Ɛ><3. The sharp ends need to overlap slightly so that the card pieces can be joined together.
- Affix with paper glue, double-sided tape or even a staple. Ensure that this join is firm and secure because you'll be bending the card shut when completed. Be generous with the amount allowed for this join.
Part Two of Three:
Adding the AntennaeEdit
1Add the antennae to the butterfly. Glue two pipe cleaners down the join of the two cards. Place over the glued-on part to cover it and glue the pipe cleaners in place there. Ensure that there is more pipe cleaner above the base of the card than below it. Allow to dry completely before making other changes to the card.
- Choose pipe cleaners that match the color and style of the cardboard or cardstock being used.
2Curl the top of the pipe cleaners around in spirals. This forms the antennae ends.Advertisement
Part Three of Three:
Completing the CardEdit
1Fold the card to enclose the antennae on the inside of the card.
2Write "Happy Valentine's Day" on the front of the card. The front is determined by the heart-wing that opens to the left when the card is opened.
3Write your message on the inner parts of the wings. These are the inside of the card.
4Leave the back of the card blank.
5Add any decorative things you'd like. Although optional, you can add more if it is something you'd find helps the card. For example, add glitter glue, some pen designs or some stickers.
6Finished. The butterfly heart Valentine's card is now ready for giving. When the recipient opens the card, he or she will be holding a sweet little butterfly.Advertisement
- Slide inside an envelope if you'd like, or give it without one.
- Be sure to choose card that isn't too dark for writing messages onto.
- If making more than one card, set up a production line so that you can complete each step each card at the same time, to speed things up.
Things You'll NeedEdit
- Cardstock or cardboard suitable for cardmaking
- Paper for template
- Pencil, marker
- Glue suited to paper (e.g., craft glue)
- Pipe cleaners to match card
- Markers, pencils, etc., for writing on card
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