Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about what to give to the special someone in your life that expresses your sincere love and admiration. Valentine’s Day is a billion dollar industry in the United States (source), which means there are many gift options to choose from—Valentine’s cards, chocolate, candy hearts, flowers, and jewellery.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the oldest known Valentine is over six hundred years old? It was written as a poem in 1415 by Charles, the Duke of Orléans, to his wife while he was held prisoner in the Tower of London after he had been captured during the Battle of Agincourt (source).
With all the options available, how do you decide what to give to your sweetheart that tells him/her exactly how you feel? Why not try your hand at making your own Valentine’s card with a message of love straight from the heart? If you’re not sure where to start, I share a tutorial below on how I made this adorable “Lovebirds” card for my husband for our fourth anniversary.
Would you believe the idea for this card started with a stick? I was cleaning up my yard one spring day and found a dried twig on my patio. It was the perfect length for a horizontal half-fold card. I brought it inside the house and raided my craft bin because I knew I had some wooden birds that I had found at a garage sale the previous summer. I also found a bag of craft moss in my craft bin and realized it was the perfect texture to make a bird’s nest.
From those three items—a stick, wooden birds, and craft moss, my “Lovebirds” card was born. Continue reading below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day or your next anniversary.
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Lovebirds: Handmade Anniversary or Valentine’s Day Card
This adorable “Lovebirds” card is the perfect card for your sweetie on your anniversary or Valentine’s Day. A great feature about the brown and green colors chosen for this card is that it can be given to a male or female partner. So get crafting and make this special card for that special someone in your life!
Approximate time to make: 40 minutes
Approximate cost (excluding tools and ink): approximately $1.12 per card (prices may vary)*
*Note: The cost above excludes sales tax and will vary by location, currency and retailer. It is also based on the cost of materials used for one card only and does not reflect the total cost to purchase all the materials.
Hot glue gun & glue stick
Crafters glue stick
Items Required for Card
- One (1) sheet beige kraft cardstock (8.5” x 11”)
Cost: approximately CAD $6.00 for a 50-pack from Michaels (equivalent to $0.12 per sheet)
- One (1) sheet green scrapbook paper (12” x 12”)
Cost: approximately CAD $0.99 for one sheet from Michaels (one sheet is good for up to 3 cards and would be the equivalent of $0.33 based on the measurements needed as indicated under “Directions” below)
- One (1) dried twig from a tree (minimum 6.5”)
Cost: free if you collect a fallen branch during yard cleanup or in a park (Disclaimer: please do NOT break a branch from a live tree as it may be harmful to the tree. If you can’t find a fallen twig, visit the floral section in your local craft or dollar store for a synthetic alternative)
- One (1) package of craft moss
Cost: approximately $1.25 for a package from Dollar Tree (one package will be more than you need for this project, so you may want to lump the cost for the moss into another project. My guess is you will only use about $0.03 worth of moss for this project)
- One (1) button (0.75” in diameter)
Cost: free if you have spare buttons lying around, or visit your local dollar store
- Two (2) wooden birds or stickers (approximately 1.5” in length x 1” in height)
Cost: approximately $1.25 for a 12-pack of stickers from Dollar Tree (equivalent to $0.21 for two)
- Three (3) heart stickers
Cost: approximately $1.25 for a 32-pack from Dollar Tree (equivalent to $0.12 for three)
- Small fabric tree leaves (optional) (as many as needed)
Cost: approximately $0.79 per bunch from Michaels (one bunch will be more than you need for this project, so you may want to lump the cost for the bunch into another project. My guess is you will only use about $0.03 worth of fabric leaves for this project)
- Two (2) white shipping labels (2” x 4”) or white paper cut to size
Cost: free if you use scrap paper from other projects, or alternatively a package of 250 labels from Staples costs approximately $14.99 (equivalent to $0.06 per label) or a package of 2,500 labels for approximately $35.99 on sale (equivalent to $0.01 per label)
- One (1) white return address label (1.75” x 0.5”) or white paper cut to size
Cost: free if you use scrap paper from other projects, or alternatively a package of 2000 labels from Staples costs approximately $14.99 (equivalent to $0.01 per label)
- One (1) envelope (6” x 9”)
Cost: $12.99 for a plain white 50-pack from Staples (equivalent to $0.26 per envelope)
1. Fold beige cardstock in half along long edge to make a card size of 5.5” x 8.5” (bottom fold card).
2. Measure and cut green cardstock into rectangle of 7.5” x 4.5” and glue to front of beige card, leaving approximately 0.5” border.
3. To make the nest, apply hot glue to the entire surface of a button and attach a bunch of moss, pressing down to adhere as much as possible, until the button’s surface is no longer visible. Then apply hot glue around the circumference of the button and attach additional moss along the edges, rolling into a raised edge. Apply moss along the edges until there is a visible indent in the centre of the button, forming a “nest.” Shake off any loose moss.
4. Break twig to size needed, approximately 6.5,” and remove any dried bark or dirt. Ensure twig lies relatively flat on the cardstock and doesn’t curve too much, otherwise the glue won’t adhere properly (also, keep in mind the card has to fit in an envelope, so the twig shouldn’t be too thick or stick up too much from the card).
5. Hot glue twig onto the cover of the card, approximately 1” above the bottom of the green cardstock.
6. Position two birds on the twig facing each other with their beaks touching and apply adhesive (whether you use a sticker adhesive or hot glue depends on the type of material used for the birds). The position of the birds will vary depending on the shape of your twig and/or your preference.
7. Hot glue the nest above the twig near the two birds.
8. Hot glue fabric leaves to the end of the twig and small “branches” (if any). Add as many or as little fabric leaves as desired.
9. Attach a heart sticker above the “kissing” birds’ beaks and glue two hearts inside the nest.
10. Print labels “Like two lovebirds…” and “our love continues to grow stronger…” on 2” x 4” labels (Labels – Lovebirds (Template)) and Signature label (Labels – Signature (Blank)). Change letters to colours of choice, as needed.
11. Attach “Like two lovebirds…” label to top right cover of card approximately 0.25”-0.50” from top of green cardstock.
12. Attach “our love continues to grow stronger…” label to inside right flap of card in the centre of the card.
13. Attach Signature label to the back of card (bottom centre).
14. Include an envelope with card and give to your sweetie on your anniversary or Valentine’s Day!
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