Surprise Your Sweetheart With These Homemade Valentines

This Valentine’s Day, spoil your sweetheart with a handmade gift. These crafts are cute, creative, and will leave your sweetie smiling.

Heart Bookmark
Idea from Martha Stewart

This gift is perfect for your favorite reader.

Heavy card stock
Decorative paper
Utility knife
Glue stick

Create a template of a heart, about 1 1/2 inches wide.

Cut out with a utility knife, and trace onto heavy card stock.

Copy it at 80 percent, cut out, and trace onto decorative paper, such as wrapping or origami paper.

Cut out both hearts, and use a glue stick to secure smaller patterned heart to center of the larger one; let dry.

Trace bottom half of inner heart with a utility knife, cutting through card stock beneath.

Homemade Play Dough Valentines
Idea from HGTV

Your kids will love passing out these valentines to their classmates.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/3 cup hot water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Red food coloring
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Glassine bags
Card stock
Scallop-edge scissors
Hole punch
Double-sided tape

Mix together flour and salt in bowl. Gradually add hot water, oil and a few drops of food coloring. Stir to combine. If dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. If dough is too dry, add a few more drops of water.

Turn dough out onto wax paper. Knead until smooth.

Roll to 1/2-inch thickness with rolling pin.

Cut out heart shapes.

Carefully place play dough hearts in glassine bags.

Cut card stock to fit top of glassine bags, fold in half. Cut edge with scalloped scissors.

Valentine Flowers
Idea from Martha Stewart

Surprise your sweetie with these homemade flowers. No water required!

Colored paper
24-gauge wire
Small beads
Floral tape or glue

Cut out five to eight hearts of the same size, and inscribe them. Use a pushpin to make a hole near the pointed end of each heart.

For a wire stem, thread a small bead onto a piece of 24-gauge wire cut a little longer than you want the stem to be. Twist the wire so the bead stays at the end. Thread hearts on the other end until all the hearts are stacked against the bead. Twist the wire again to keep the hearts in place. Cover the stem with floral tape, or glue ribbon around the wire.

For a ribbon stem, thread a bead to the center of a 3-inch length of wire, and bend the wire in half. Send the ends through the hole in each heart. On the back, form the two ends into a small loop around the midpoint of a length of ribbon. Trim the excess wire.

Hugs and Kisses Sugar Cookies
Recipe from Martha Stewart

There’s no sweeter gift than homemade cookies.

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for parchment
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
2- to 3-inch X and O cookie cutters

Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together into a bowl. With an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Let dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Generously flour a large sheet of parchment. Roll out dough on parchment to a scant 1/4-inch thickness, running an offset spatula under dough and dusting with flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer dough on parchment to freezer, and chill 15 minutes.

Using a 2- to 3-inch X- or O-shaped cookie cutter, quickly cut out shapes from dough. If dough begins to soften, return to freezer for 3 to 5 minutes. Reroll scraps once and cut out more shapes.

Transfer shapes to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Freeze 15 minutes. Sprinkle shapes with sanding sugar. Bake until edges are just golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.


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