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Valentine's Day Cards

Special Valentines

Make a special valentine for your secret love. This easy kids' holiday craft is inspired by the way valentines were written way back in the Middle Ages.

What You'll Need:

Colored paper





Hard candies


When paper valentines were first sent in the 1400s, each valentine carried a code. If you sent your sweetheart a valentine with a ribbon on it, that meant "My heart is tied to you."

If the valentine had a fan on it, that meant "Open your heart to me." Lace and net are the same word in Latin, so a valentine with a ruffle of lace meant "You have caught my heart in a net."

Make your own cards with your own codes. Use colored paper, markers, ribbons, lace, hard candies, and anything else you can think up.

Do you think your valentine is sweet? Glue on hard candy as part of your design. You don't have to tell your valentine what your code means!

There are so many ways to tell your valentine that he or she is special. Try going for a walk to find inspiration in nature. Not sure where to start? Go to the next page to find out more.

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