Over the years, my girls have loved to give valentines to friends. We would often work on them together and make a bunch so that they could hand them out at church and our homeschool co-op.
This was one of our favorite ways to package up treats. It’s so pretty, fun, and different. Best of all, it is simple and frugal to make.
How to Make Peek-a-Boo Valentines:
Cut a 3″ x 11″ strip of cardstock. You will be able to cut two strips off of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet, with a small strip left over for other projects.
Using a scoring blade on your paper cutter, or a ruler and embossing tool, score the sheet in three places – at 3″, 6 1/2″, and at 7 1/2″.
Fold the paper on the creased lines. The shortest 3 inch side is the top, so fold the longer side under.
Next, you have the choice to either punch a hole on the front, or not. The valentines look cute both ways, but it makes it a little extra special with the cutout window.
The punch I use is a 1 1/2″ square and it is punched out of the taller 3 1/2″ end. To be sure I punch it in the middle, I turn my punch over and punch it upside down. This way I can see where my paper is inside the punch.
Next, stamp the designs. I loved using little hearts and designs around the front and valentine words along the top. The word “Friends” stamp and the little heart stamp are both from the Stampin’ Up! Love Matters set.
Using patterned scissors, cut a scalloped edge on the upper flap and also cut a small second piece of paper to glue on behind.
Fill 3″x 4″ clear cellophane bags (Wilton, or generic) approximately 1/2 – 2/3 full with your choice of candy. I used Valentine M&M’s and some sweet heart-shaped fruit snacks from Target. I usually try to buy my clear bags at JoAnn’s using a coupon or at Walmart.
Place the bag inside, fold the top over, and close using either a pretty brad, ribbon, or staples. I’ve included an example of a valentine without a cutout window – still super cute and a bit more of a surprise.
This paper project is so versatile and easy. If you don’t have stamping supplies, you could cut out little hearts instead and attach them with glue or brads. It can also be changed up for a different party theme using different colors, stamps, and candy.
I’ve found JoAnn’s to be my best source for cardstock. It works well for this project and they have an assortment of paper colors in packets at reasonable prices.
I hope you have a chance to make some Peek-a-Boo Valentine’s! They’re sure to make your kids’ friends smile. :)
What candy do you like to give for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite treat to receive? My favorite is a box of See’s mixed chocolates… ♥
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