- 1 and 1/2 paper plates per child
- Hole punch
- Stapler, optional
- Ribbon or yarn in red, white, or pink
- Paints, markers, or crayons
- Construction paper
- Lace, eyelet, or ribbons
- Tacky craft glue
- Old Valentines cards
Cut one of the paper plates in half. Each card holder is made with 1 paper plate on the back, and 1/2 of a paper plate on the lower front – making a pocket to put the cards into.
Decorate the plates. You’ll be decorating the inside of the whole plate, and the backside (underside) of the half plate. Any of a variety of methods can be used to decorate the plates, this is a great place for creativity to shine. Let glue and paint dry before proceeding.
Attach the plates together with a couple staples. Then punch holes around the plate to thread the ribbon/yarn through.
Cut the ribbon at a slant on the end to keep it from unraveling. Wrap a bit of tape around the end of the yarn or ribbon to help make a ‘needle’ for lacing. Lace the plates together, and tie a loop at the top for hanging
If lacing the plates together is too challenging, they can just be stapled together. (Lacing is a good activity for young children, but might require more help, time and supervision than is available)