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Easy Last-Minute Paper-Punched Valentines

Make these easy, last-minute paper-punched valentines in a jiffy, and have a ton of fun doing it! I love making a unique handmade cards. These cards come together so fast, you can easily create a bunch of teacher or class valentines quickly.

Actually, these cards were a happy accident. Allie (11) wanted to do some crafting the other night. We opened up our paper-punch bin, I pulled out an inexpensive set of red notecards I had found in the dollar aisle, and we went to town. An hour later, we had over 15 original cards that we liked (and a few that we didn’t). We amazed ourselves with the furious creativity of it all! Plus, we had so much fun hanging out making together. So grab that paper punch and let’s give this a whirl!

The sweet kissing elephants quickly won everyone’s heart!

The designs can be simple or more complex and still look fabulous. My daughter created the top design with the simple floating heart in the middle of her card. She ended up adding a secret message inside, where only “love” showed through the heart when the card was closed. For something more complex, but still easy, I designed this heart pattern on the bottom card! None of these are difficult to recreate, I share the exact tools we used to make them below.

Easy Last-Minute Paper-Punched Valentines DIY


Glue Stick
Red Notecards
Paper Punches (see links below to each one used for each card)

For the cut out parts, we used the other cards in the pack. If we had a design we didn’t like, we would just use it to punch more fun things from it. That way we had coordinating paper. We used either the white side or the red side of the paper as it suited our design.

Keep in mind that you don’t need these exact punches! You can make all sorts of fun cards with whatever punches you may have. The point is to enjoy making these last minute, paper-punched valentines!

I love these adorable kissing elephants. To do this design, use the Elephant Craft Punch and the Heart Confetti Punch. To get two elephants facing different ways, punch through both sides of your scrap card. Then, glue the elephants to the card with white sides facing up, trunks together. Punch a set of hearts and glue little heart bubble above their heads.

This adorable butterfly is my daughter’s design. It uses this butterfly punch to get the solid butterfly. Then, four of the mini-hearts from this Scalloped Heart Trim Double Edge Punch were used to adorn the butterflies wings. We just used the heart scraps from the design below!

This little lacy detail at the bottom of the card was made by punching a strip of the Scalloped Heart Trim Double Edge Punch out of one of the scrap cards. Then, glue it to the bottom of this card about 1/2 an inch above the bottom edge. I love how it looks like lace!

This heart pattern design was one of my favorites. For this, I used the Single Heart Punch to punch out 16 hearts. Two of these, I cut in half for the upside down rows. I laid the hearts out in four rows. The first row, lay out four hearts right side up. The second row, lay out three hearts upside down and staggered to the first row of hearts. Place two of the half-hearts upside down at the edges. Then repeat these two rows for the remainder of the card. To break up the pattern a bit, add one of the small hearts from the Heart Confetti Punch in the third row . . . super cute!

For this simple design I used the Heart Confetti Punch. I love these three sweet little hearts all glued in a row!

To make this card, my daughter used the Studded Heart Punch to punch through the whole front of the card. In other words, nothing to glue here – just a little peek-a-boo heart hole to the inside of the card.

So, never fear if you’re late on Valentine’s Day Cards, or you just want to do something new or less store-bought this year. We’ve got you covered! Sit down with some punches and get creative and make a whole stack of paper-punched valentines.

Anne Weil of Flax & Twine created this post on behalf of as a Contributor on February 12, 2017. Have fun exploring my profile and other projects there.

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