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Valentine's Day Craft Series: Thumbprint Valentine Cards

By michellehorton |

While Valentine’s Days used to mean red roses, candle-lit dinners and bottles of wine, parenting brings out the simple innocence of the holiday: hand-made cards, heart-shaped sandwiches and red-and-pink cookies. It’s the perfect time to break out the glue, pom-poms and doilies, so we’re starting a Valentine’s Day Craft Series to get you prepared.

Even the littlest ones will love to make with this Thumbprint Card — almost as much as Grandma will love to receive it. Find step-by-step directions after the jump:

You will need:

  • Card stock
  • Washable red inkpad or paint
  • Lots of paper towels on hand — especially if you’re using paint
  • Ribbon and other embellishments


1. Use your child’s fingerprints to stamp hearts on a blank card. An inkpad is the easiest option, but finger paint will work as well.
2. Parents can add ribbons and write Valentine sentiments to family members and friends, who will then have a momento of your little one’s tiny fingers.

This craft was created by Suzonne Sterling, author of B is for Baby: 26 Projects from A to Z. Check out her must-see blog, Urban Comfort.

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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  2. Sarah Forhan - Bowdabra Designer says:

    What a great kids craft idea! I am passing the link along to our Crafters 4 Kids Facebook Readers. is a non-profit site dedicated to providing kid-friendly crafts.

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