Cute homemade valentines are much easier than they look.

Whether you use construction paper or card stock, the results will be charming and your child will be very proud. It makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for teachers, the baby sitter or even a best friend.

What you’ll need:

• 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch construction paper or card stock in various colors and/or patterns

• Valentine and/or heart stickers

• Scissors

• Pinking shears (optional)

• Glue stick or white craft or school glue

• Glitter (pink, red, white)

How to make it:

Begin by cutting a piece of construction paper or card stock into four equal pieces. Fold quartered paper in half to make a card.

For the easiest version, appropriate for preschoolers, use stickers to decorate or cut out hearts from a different color of construction paper or card stock to glue onto your cards. Experiment with different patterns; florals look great contrasted with stripes on a solid background.

Younger children love glitter! Use a bottle of glue to “draw” on a heart or phrase (such as “Be Mine”). Sprinkle glue generously with pink, red or white glitter and let dry over night. Tap off excess glitter when completely dry.

For the older set, let them use pinking sheers to cut out heart shapes and glue onto cards. Again, use contrasting patterns and colors to create a charming design.

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