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DIY Valentine’s (Easy & Fun Homemade Cards!)

diy penguin valentine cards

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Regardless of the fact that the holiday falls on the same date every year (February 14th), it always seems to sneak up on us. This year, make it extraordinary with these easy, homemade Valentine cards with sweet Valentine’s Day chocolates. Because nothing says, “I’m sweet on you,” quite like gourmet chocolate hearts from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Making these creative, DIY Valentine’s cards is a fun and easy family Valentine's day activity. Simply select from two different design ideas: our trendy emoji Valentine’s card or our cute homemade penguin valentine cards. Gather your materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below. Happy crafting!

DIY Emoji Valentine’s Day Cards


Makes 10 cards



supplies for creating emoji Valentines cards

1.  Gather your supplies. Print the attached template and then cut out the shapes to use as stencils for creating your card. The yellow cardstock will be the base of your card, so you will want it to be sturdy enough to hold the chocolate hearts and durable enough to be passed out at school. We recommend using paper that is around 65 lb weight.

cutting out shapes for emoji Valentine cards

2.  Trace the large circle shape on the yellow cardstock and then carefully cut out each circle to create the main shape of the card. Use the smaller crescent moon shaped template to create the emoji mouth on the black cardstock.

assembling emoji Valentine cards

3.  Glue the mouth onto the yellow circle, about ½ inch from the bottom. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the eyes. Flip the card over and write your Valentine’s Day message on the back side. (Be sure to sign your name so that your friends and fellow classmates know just who made them this awesome Valentine’s Day card!)

adding chocolate hearts to emoji Valentine cards

4.  Cut two pieces of double-sided tape about 3/4-inch long. Use this tape to attach the chocolate hearts to form the eyes of your emoji. (Do not use glue to attach the hearts, because the glue can contaminate the chocolate.) Voila! Sit back and admire your work. Your DIY emoji Valentine’s Day cards are complete!

DIY Penguin Valentine’s Day Cards


Makes 10 cards



supplies for making penguin Valentine cards

1.  Gather your supplies. Print your template and cut out each element so that you can use them as stencils for creating your cards. (We recommend using black card stock that is at least 65 lb weight so that it is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the chocolate and stand up to being passed out at school.)

cutting out shapes for penquin valentine cards

2.  Trace the shape marked “body” and “eyes” onto the black cardstock, use the “belly” template to trace the face/belly shape onto the white cardstock and use the yellow cardstock to trace a beak and two feet for each card. Once you are done tracing, carefully cut out your shapes. (Make a separate pile for each shape, as this will make assembling a lot easier.)

making penguin faces for vday cards

3.  Now that you have all of your shapes cut out, it’s time to start assembling your cards. Start by gluing the two black eyes and yellow beak to create your face on the top of your white “belly” shapes (near the triangle cutout).

assembling penguin Valentine cards

4.  Glue the white face/belly to the font, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the black body. Flip the penguin over and glue both feet to the backside of the body, so that they overhang. Using your gel pen or metallic sharpie, write your Valentine’s Day message on the backside of your black body.

adding chocolate hearts to penguin cards

5.  Carefully fold the penguin “wings” along the body line. (Holding a ruler along the edge helps to create a nice clean fold.) Take a 1-inch strip of double-sided tape to both hold the wings down and affix the chocolate heart or square. Sit back and admire your work, your DIY penguin Valentine’s Day cards are complete!

We get it. Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to be the Pinterest expert and create fancy homemade Valentine’s cards. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with these printable versions of our fun emoji and penguin Valentine’s cards, perfect for kids and adults! (For best results print full-sized on heavy-weight cardstock.)

We’d love to see your finished designs. Share your extraordinary Valentine’s Day cards with us on Facebook or Instagram (@LCChocolates). Be sure to include the hashtag #vdayfun!