Do you or your littles enjoy collecting leaves? Do your children like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards? Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day nature craft card which will combine both activities!
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When we’re out walking in the fall, sometimes I just can’t help myself. On returning home, I’ll find my hands are full of uniquely shaped and beautifully colored fallen leaves that either I’ve picked up or my kids have handed me. Sometimes I’ll press and dry them. Sometimes they dry up and crumble on the shelf where I’ve forgotten them.
I happened to be flipping through my phone book when some pressed leaves fluttered to the floor. At the same moment, someone on the radio mentioned Valentine’s Day… and an idea was born!
How to make your nature-inspired Valentine’s Day Cards:
1. Go on a Leaf Hunt
Take your kids outside to go leaf-hunting. Hopefully there isn’t too much snow cover hiding all those fallen leaves.
2. Press and Preserve the Leaves
Tuck the leaves between pages of an old phone book or sheets of used paper. Then stack a few more heavy books on top. The paper will absorb moisture and the pressure will make the leaves flat and presentable. Leave them to dry for a few days.
If you’re interested in other ways to preserve leaves, you might enjoy reading this article by Red Ted Art.
3. Print and Prepare the Cards
Download, print, and cut out the Valentine’s Day Cards I’ve designed. They should fit nicely into regular sized 4″x 9″ envelopes. Try these brightly colored envelopes for a fun way to send valentines to family and friends far away.
4. Get Creative
There are different ways you and your kids could choose to make these cards. You could use paint or ink on a leaf and then stamp the image onto the card. You could experiment with gluing the leaf directly to the card or using tape. Once the leaf is glued, you could cover it entirely with clear glue to help preserve and adhere it to the paper.
In the video you’ll see how I cut my dried leaves into hearts and then painted them red.
Another option would be to laminate the cards with the leaves and turn them into bookmark valentines! I use this small home laminating machine for projects around the house and I really like it (it’s affordable, small, and works well).
5. All Done!
Don’t forget to add names, tuck them into your envelopes (or not) and send some punny funny nature-inspired Valentine’s Day Cards.
I’d love to see how your Valentine’s Day nature craft turned out. If you’re on Twitter, feel free to connect with me there and share your photos. You could also add it to the visitor posts on our Facebook Page too. Seriously, I’d love to see how they turn out!
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