DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Hello, friends, Happy Valentine’s Day!  I remember “back in the day” when we used to hand out Valentines to all of our classmates in school.  One of my favorite activities in first grade was making and decorating a Valentine’s Day “mailbox” out of a shoe box for classmates to deliver their Valentines.  Today’s craft is only slightly more grown up…  ;)


I have been wanting to make hand embroidered cards for a while now and decided that Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion.  I created two simple designs that you can easily replicate or get creative and come up with your own!  I also made my own envelopes using another envelope as a template.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • thick, heavy stock paper (I used cardstock and scrapbook paper)
  • scissors
  • pencil (and a good eraser, if you’re like me)
  • embroidery thread
  • embroidery needle
  • glue (for making the envelopes)

After making my envelopes, I determined what measurements I needed for my cards and then cut the paper to size.  Next, it was time to get to work!


I hope you like my crafty Valentine’s Day cards!  Will you be giving out any Valentine’s this year??

As always, thanks for reading!  :)

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

PS.  If you enjoyed this project, you can see a new list of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts here, OR, if you’re not much of a DIY’er, this post has a list of FREE Valentine’s Day printables!

Valentine's Day Crafts with Delightfully Kristi // #DelightfulDIY


29 thoughts on “DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

    1. Yes! On the card where I embroidered “Happy Valentine’s Day,” I tied off each color in tiny knots and as you can see in the last picture, I glued a piece of patterned paper to the inside to cover up the back side of the embroidery (and all the knots). You could also use small pieces of tape to tape the loose ends of the thread and then glue paper over for a more flat finish. For the red heart card, the string just continuously loops through/around the paper, so you should only end up with two knots – one when you start and one when you finish. I hope that answered your question! Thanks so much!! :)

  1. I love the heart card! As far as a continuous loop, how do you accomplish that? Do you have to guess how long you string needs to be, then pull that entire length through every hole?

    1. Thank you!! Yes, I generally guess how much string I’ll need, though it’s better to err on the side of too little (for the lettering) because if you grab too much, the string can get tangled, twisted and mostly just messy. For the heart, you’re creating simple, straight lines, so the string shouldn’t get too messy on you. For any project, though, if you end up not grabbing enough string, you can always knot more string onto your first string in the back.
      Hope that helps! Good luck with your project!! :)

  2. Hi- Your idea is adorable and perfect for an art project for young teens.

    How do you make the envelopes?


    1. Thank you!! I found a free template online for the envelope, but you could also take any size envelope you want to use at home and carefully open it up completely to trace the shape! :)
      (I’ve gotten a few questions about the envelope, I’ll try to find the template I used and share it in the post!)

  3. Some advice…make the holes big so you can easily pull the thread through, because tugging it has caused us to stab ourselves with the needle and draw blood…

    1. Oh no, you’ve definitely got to be careful with sharp needles!! I’ve got a few “battle wounds” myself from over the years! ;)

      I mentioned in the post that I use a larger embroidery needle which makes much larger holes than a standard sewing needle and is larger and easier to handle itself as well. So, I would recommend using an embroidery needle, especially for any project using embroidery floss/thread! Thanks so much! :)

  4. Oh no! I just found this again and remembered that I forgot to take pictures of the ones I did!

    I found this a little before Christmas and decided to try making trees instead of hearts, but that was a bust, ha-ha! But I did end up making snowflakes instead–they turned out awesome! So thank you for making this and sharing it (even though it was over two years ago, oops)!

    1. Hahaha well you’re welcome!! Now you’ve got me thinking of ways to make Christmas trees… hmmm…! I bet the snowflakes were adorable, that’s a great idea!! Thanks for the comment, so glad you liked my cards (and yes, it’s from two years ago, but it’s still my most popular blog post!!)! :)

  5. I love it!!! I am going to make this for my mother’s birthday.
    Please, could you tell where did you get the font you used? It is completely adorable.

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