Learn how to make these cute DIY Heart Envelope Valentine’s Day cards for kids. This easy paper craft is fun and affordable to make for friends at school.
If you’re anything like us, you are waiting until the last minute to make your child’s school Valentines. I gave my daughter the choice of whether she wanted to buy Valentines for her exchange at school or make them.
She chose to make them, so we had to find something age appropriate for her to work on. We decided upon DIY Heart Envelope Valentines because she loved cutting, writing and drawing. If you have a younger child, you can always help with some of the cutting and folding to save time.
If you’re waiting until the last minute, but still want to make handmade Valentines this year, give this one a try. You can usually get colored construction paper and stickers at the Dollar Store, making this an affordable craft!
However, if you want cards you can just print without the effort, get my free Printable Owl Valentine’s Cards.
- Supplies and Tools
- Step-by-Step: How to Make Heart Envelope Valentine’s Day Cards
- Tips for Making Origami Heart Envelopes
- How to Make a Foldable Heart Valentine's Day Card
- More DIY Valentine's Day Projects
Supplies and Tools
- Construction paper
- Heart stickers
- Valentine’s Day stickers
Step-by-Step: How to Make Heart Envelope Valentine’s Day Cards
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to fold construction paper hearts into envelopes for Valentine’s Day.
Step 1: Fold Paper.
Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
Step 2: Cut Out Heart.
Cut a heart shape out of the folded construction paper.
Step 3: Write Message.
Write your Valentine’s Day message on the heart. Encourage kids to add their personal touch with stickers, drawings, or heartfelt messages inside the envelope.
Step 4: Fold Sides of Heart In.
Fold each side of the heart in towards the center of the heart and press flat.
Step 5: Fold Paper in Half.
With the sides of the heart still folded in, fold the heart in half from the top, leaving the point of the heart sticking up.
Step 6: Fold Point and Seal.
Fold the point down and seal the envelope with a cute heart or other sticker. You can also write the name of the Valentine recipient on the outside of the envelope and decorate with more stickers or glitter if you’d like.
Tips for Making Origami Heart Envelopes
Answers to all of your questions about using origami to fold hearts into envelopes for cute yet functional Valentine’s Day cards.
Practice makes perfect
It’s a good idea to do a practice run with scrap paper to perfect the folding technique before using your best paper.
Can I use regular paper instead of construction paper?
Yes, but construction paper is sturdier and holds up better, especially for younger children who might be a bit more hands-on.
Are these envelopes mail-friendly?
These are more suited for hand delivery. If you want to mail them, place them inside a standard envelope for protection.
How big should they be?
That’s up to you. Experiment with different sizes of paper for variety in envelope sizes – great for different-sized gifts or notes.
How long does it take to make one envelope?
It varies, but once you get the hang of it, each envelope can take about 5-10 minutes to make.
Can I use recycled materials?
Absolutely! Feel free to repurpose old gift wrap or magazine pages for an eco-friendly twist.
Is this activity suitable for younger children?
Yes, with supervision and assistance in folding and cutting, younger children can definitely enjoy this craft.
More Valentine’s Day craft ideas
- DIY Ring Soap Bars
- DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Poppers
- Paper Heart Crown Craft
- Printable Owl Valentine’s Day Cards
- Valentine’s Day Sugar Scrub
How to Make a Foldable Heart Valentine’s Day Card
- Construction paper
- Heart stickers
- Valentine's Day stickers
- Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
- Cut a heart out of the construction paper.
- Write your Valentine's day message on the heart. You can also add some drawings or stickers to make the Valentine extra special.
- Fold each side of the heart in to the center of the heart.
- With the sides folded in, fold the heart in half from the top, with the point sticking out.
- Fold the point down and seal it with a sticker. You can also write the name of the recipient on the outside of the envelope and decorate it if desired.