Valentines for Soldiers and Senior Citizens

valentines for soldiers and seniors

Card making is a great way for communities to connect.

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to let people without loved ones nearby know that they are still thought of and surrounded by others who care.

Making cards is a wonderful way for participants to express themselves and experiment with materials while finding a way to give back to the community.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman

valentines for soldiers and seniors

Directions:

  1. Basic Blank Card: Fold 8 ½” x 11″ paper in half from top to bottom so it will measure 8 ½” x 5 ½”. Fold across horizontally so it will be 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and will fit inside envelope.
  2. Make an envelope by tracing template, cutting it out, folding, and gluing.
  3. Add details using markers: draw heart-shaped fish, flowers, mouse, etc.
  4. Write quotes and/or messages to be placed inside envelope for seniors or soldiers (Use first names ONLY or general salutations when signing: “Your friends from Art Sphere”).

Or cut out a series of heart shapes in different sizes and glue them in layers onto doilies. Or ink a rubber stamp and stamp directly on folded paper or stamp multiple times on a piece of colored paper.

  1. Cut out stamped images (using scissors, Exacto-knife on cardboard or card cutter) and layer over one another on the front of your folded blank card.
  2. Use double-sided foam tape to attach the stamped images to the card and give them a 3D effect.

Or collage a card with scrapbook papers, magazine images, and text. Fold paper like an accordion for pop up effects, add origami, and be creative. Experiment, share ideas, explore materials, and work collaboratively!

valentines for soldiers and seniors

“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the love starts. Today is such a day.” Rumi

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