Family Hug Valentine

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Family Hug Valentine
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

We all could use a hug! This cute pink, purple and green card includes brackets, which are the emoticons (email and text-message symbols) for "hug." Tuck some hug IOUs inside for every member of the family.

What you'll need

  • Green cardstock cut to 5 ½" x 8 1/2"
  • erned paper cut to 5" x 4"
  • Pale purple cardstock
  • Adhesive, such as double-sided sticky tape, glue stick, liquid glue or mini glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Several pieces of pink and purple cardstock, about 3" x 4"
  • Heart stamps and ink, or stickers
  • Spiral paperclip
  • Marker
Helpful Tip:

Have some fun with other emoticons, such as :-x (kiss, kiss) or :-{} (blowing a kiss). Or, put the recipient's name inside the hug brackets. Use some of the patterned paper from the outside of the card on the IOUs. Spiral paperclips add a special touch and are available in a variety of colors at craft stores in packages of 20 or 50. If you don't want to use a paperclip, glue a piece of paper inside the card to act as a pocket. Quick switch This card could easily be made into a birthday, get well or support card by simply changing the emoticon. Or, write "hug" in letters that fill the entire card front, with a message like "Sending you a giant hug!" inside. Have fun experimenting with different paper colors too

How to make it

  1. Fold green cardstock in half.

  2. Glue patterned paper to green cardstock.

  3. Stamp, write or print "(((hugs)))"on the pale purple cardstock. Cut out and glue to the patterned paper.

  4. Write your Valentine message inside the card.

  5. Write personalized "hug IOUs" on the 3" x 4" pieces of cardstock. Decorate with stamps or stickers. Use the paperclip to hold them inside the card.

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