Photo Frame Cards for Your Valentine

Red hearts on wooden table against defocused lights.

Now that the holiday decorations have finally made their way up to the attic or down to the basement, it’s time to think about those special Valentine’s Day gifts. No one’s going to argue that chocolates are nice, diamonds last forever, and flowers are absolutely lovely. Here’s the sad truth, though: chocolates are caloric, diamonds pricey, and flowers, well, let’s just say they don’t last forever.

Hand-crafted picture frame note cards sent with love from your little loved one to their loved ones? Priceless.

One of the many, many lovely things about parenting is crafting, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to break out the glue sticks, glitter and sequins. DIY greeting cards are a quick, fun and satisfying way to spend an afternoon with your child. Taking it a step further, making photo frame Valentine’s Day cards is a great way to show close friends and family just how much you love them and how incredibly proud of your child you are.

As with any good kid-centered craft, the materials for your frame card are easy to source and the project’s complexity and scope can be scaled to match your child’s unique attention span.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Heart-meltingly adorable portrait or photograph of your child
  • Fun paper for the frame (Tip: put a green spin on your card and show your love for Mother Earth by digging through your recycle bin for brightly colored boxes to use as the foundation for your frame.)
  • Simple, unadorned paper for the card and backing
  • Glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling
  • Glue stick

How to Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Frame Card

  1. We recommend selecting a standard-sized envelope and using your envelope to determine the size and shape of your frame.
  2. Once you’ve decided on the overall dimensions of your frame, sketch the outer outline of your frame on your “fun” paper. To keep it simple, your outer edges should be straight lines.
  3. Next, carefully cut the internal opening that will frame and reveal your portrait. Certainly a rectangular frame opening mirroring your outer edge is the most common configuration, but feel free to play around with ovals, wavy edges, circles, and jagged edges. Let your child’s personality shine through at every step of the process.  Important: Make sure that your portrait opening is slightly smaller than your portrait.
  4. Using your glue stick, affix your portrait or photograph to the back of your frame opening.
  5. Cut a sheet of your “simple” paper to match the outer dimensions of your frame.
  6. Glue the “simple” paper to the back of your frame. This will serve the dual purpose of reinforcing your frame and will also become the space upon which your billet doux can be penned.
  7. After you’ve allowed your masterpiece to dry, write love letters to your loves.
  8. Decorate the frame with doodled hearts, glitter, sequins, stray buttons, stickers, and other assorted bling. (Note: If you plan on mailing your cards, take care to keep your bling as flat as possible.)

Show friends and family just how much they mean to you by sending them something made from the heart. Photo frame cards are sure to generate smiles and become much-loved keepsakes.