When I was in 6th grade, I had this sweet little boyfriend. We used to pass notes and sit together on the bus, as 6th grade couples often do. A few days before Valentine's Day, we decided we were going to exchange Valentines. Actually, I think the conversation went more like this:
Boy: It's almost Valentine's Day.
Me: Yep, it is.
Boy: Should I get you a card?
Me: I don't know.
Boy: Well, I'll get you a card if you get me one.
Me: Ok. Let's do that.
We had ourselves a deal. When Valentine's Day rolled around, I forgot about the deal....and remembered about 10 minutes before dismissal. I knew I was going to see him on the bus ride home from school, so I grabbed a piece of that yellow newsprint handwriting paper and scribbed "Happy Valentine's Day" on it as fast as I could. I got on the bus first, and he soon slid in the seat next to me. I shyly handed him the yellow paper, chest puffing out with pride at the fact that I had remembered to make it. I was SUCH a good girlfriend! He proceeded to pull out the most beautiful, intricate, handmade Valentine I had ever seen. (This is not the actual valentine, but it looked something like this):
It turns out that I dated this same boy again in college and, not surprisingly, he made me a homemade Valentine that year, too. Absolutely adorable, and so very memorable. And I'm sure I gave him a forgettable store-bought card...I was not in touch with my craftiness during those college years.
So, again: There's just something about a homemade Valentine card.
I've rounded up a few of the very best free printable cards on the web for you. Take the extra time to print and personalize them....you never know who might remember your thoughtfulness decades later!
How adorable are these? Old School style. You just print, and cut. Download here.
74 Lime Lane Downloadable Cards.
A little twist on the "Keep Calm and Carry On" mantra. Super cute! Download here.
For your little superhero...Download here.
Twig and Thistle's DIY Brownie Bags.
Oh my, this one's my favorite. And it's easier than you think. Download here.
MMM Craft's Wood You Valentine Card.
Love the illustration on this one. Download here.
I'll be sharing Charlotte, Gavin, and Nathan's homemade Valentines later in the next week. Hopefully these will inspire you to create your own!