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Painted Newspaper Valentine’s Day Cards

My love of making Valentine’s Day Cards started with my Nanna.

She made and sent them to us every year when I was a kid. She used construction paper, red or white doilies and stickers – usually Peanuts characters. I loved to get those and I love to create handmade Valentines.

Homemade Valentines Cards

I actually have some paper doilies. Some of them are probably part of Nanna’s old stash. When I brought them out last year the  kids weren’t real excited about them, so I decided to try some different things this year.

The first couple projects we made didn’t come out great. (Good thing we started working on them early in January!) They were kind of fun but too dependent on being able to replicate a heart shape. That was a little frustrating for the kids who hadn’t mastered that skill and didn’t want my help.

Since they all enjoy painting I started to look for Valentine’s Day painting projects. I found some inspiration at Michele Made Me and You Are My Fave.

We got out some old newspapers and a set of watercolor paints and spread out on the floor with one goal: cover a sheet of newspaper with paint!

The result was happy kids, water everywhere and many sheets of colorful newspaper! The kids got to have some unrestricted artistic fun, and I got lots of material for making pretty cards.

Painted Newspaper Valentine’s Day Cards

My favorites are the Window Cards. I cut a heart shaped window out of the card front and taped a piece of newspaper behind.

Valentines Day Cards


These are pretty too . . . who says Valentine’s Day cards have to be red and pink! The heart is cut from the newspaper and glued to a flat card.

Valentines Day Cards


When one of the twins saw the pile of painted newspaper on the table he almost wadded it all up – trying to help clean up!

Of course he wanted to know why I was saving it when I asked him to keep it flat. When I told him it was for making Valentine’s Day cards his response was, “Hobo Valentines?” Funny boy . . . but he sparked an idea.

What if we didn’t have any card stock? We could use paper bags! So just for fun . . .

The Chipotle Collection!

Valentines Day Cards


The Chick-fil-A Collection!

Valentines Day Cards


There you go . . . Valentine’s Day cards that can be made from recycled materials if you want  – or not!


Valentines Day Cards


Have you ever painted newspaper?


Shared at: 100 Happy DaysKitchen Dreaming, Foodie FriDIY, Family Fun Friday, Fellowship Friday, Savoring Saturdays, Modest Monday, Homemaking Monday, Work in Progress and Coffee and Conversation.


  1. LOVE the Chipotle collection! This is such a creative idea – and I’m all about recycling! Thanks for sharing with us at 100 Happy Days, Abi. 🙂

  2. What a creative way to use leftover papers! Thanks for sharing it with us over at Savoring Saturdays, Abi! Can’t wait to see what you share this weekend. 😉

  3. What a great project! I love the stained-glass look. Thank you so much for sharing this. May God bless you!

    • Thanks, Anna. The mention of stained glass gave me an idea of how to make cards that can be used anytime! We have so much painted newspaper left I could make quite a stash.

  4. What a clever idea to recycle and reuse!
    Thanks for sharing… visiting from linkup Work in Progress

  5. this is a super sweet Valentine craft and to me has a certain nostalgia to it. I really like how the newspaper looks with the water colors over it. Thanks for sharing at our Share Day!

  6. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Those are really pretty!!

  7. This is such a sweet idea, Abi! ♥ it!

  8. Great idea! I’ve never used newspaper in a project before, except paper mache…

  9. These are so cute, Abi! My oldest daughter works at Chipotle, so we have a ton of their take out bags. We’re definitely doing this for friends and family.

  10. This looks like such a fun project. I need to go find newspaper, though. 😉

    • Guess that’s not as common as it used to be! We scavenge it from friends for our rabbit hutch, so I had it available. Hope you find some.


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