Handmade Valentine Lacing Cards with Free Printables

by Aubrey on January 27, 2010

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I am so excited about today’s Valentine…like giddy excited.  Not only are they cute but they also serve multiple purposes.

First, lacing is an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills, improving hand-eye coordination and concentration.  Lacing these little hearts will not only keep them busy, but their friends can untie and re-lace them until their hearts content.

Second, they provide a perfect solution for presenting the childs ‘art’ in a way they can be proud of.  It is so much more than their scribbles on a paper.

Third, there is only so much they can do and this project provides many ways for them to be involved in the creative process, boosting self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. So let’s get started!

Pull On My Heart Strings Valentine Lacing Cards



  • Red, pink, white, card stock
  • Yarn or string in a coordinating color
  • Crayons or markers
  • Hole punch, scissors
  • Heart shape cookie cutter if you have one, freehand if you don’t!

I have provided a few different sayings you can print if you’d like, or you can just write one on. To print these you will need to click on the saying you want, this will take you to the larger image and then print on your white card stock, no need to download!  We have two boy versions below!

Now cut a heart shape around the saying, and then a second heart from an alternating color that is slightly larger.


Let them write and color on the larger heart, letting them know this is going to be the hidden Valentine.  Next place the first heart over the second and punch holes around the perimeter of the hearts.


Cut the yarn into a strip long enough to work with, and let them have fun lacing them together.  You can wrap tape around the end of the yarn if that makes it easier for them.  Now tie a bow.  You’re done!

Th perfect craft for little ones and their friends!  We would love to see pictures of how yours turn out, so be sure to send them our way.

Boys Printables

We had a few people requesting a boys version to print, and we can’t say we blame you.  Seriously, what boy wants to give out hearts?!  You could also find free printables of truck and use this same technique.  Click on the image you would like for the actual size and then print.

It should be noted that we used Picnik to make these fun printables.  If you are familiar with the system it could be fun to let the kids pick their own sayings and graphics.

We have seen so many great ideas all over the web and plan on doing a handmade Valentine roundup, keep an eye out!

Looking for more idea’s?  Check out our Valentine’s Page!


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria January 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

Ca-ute! What a clever idea. I think I want to make some too. It looks so fun. I think I might sneek a little piece of candy inside too, before I get it laced up. You know me, always thinking about food/treats. :)


aubrey January 27, 2010 at 6:07 am

Thanks Maria! I was also thinking it would be fun to put a piece of candy or something inside. Who likes to get a Valentine without a little treat to go with it…honestly?


Destri January 27, 2010 at 7:20 am

You know I love these, love love love….Soooo cute, and yes I agree a little candy in it is a great idea. I am going to have to use my neighbors printer!


Aubrey January 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

It’s time to get you a printer girlie! Thanks for all you help, these did turn out so cute!


Jileen January 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

Aubrey, very cute! Are there any ways to make it more boy friendly? We usually like to make homemade Valentines for Dallin to take to school. We have done aliens and camo in the past but I like the idea of the lacing. Any boyish sayings out there? I’ll have to think about it… :)


Aubrey January 27, 2010 at 8:39 am

Thanks Jileen! Destri was also trying to figure out how to make them more boy friendly too…you two will have to discuss ideas together. :-) Maybe using different colors of paper and yarn to make it look more boyish? Let me know if you come up with anything!


jack + jenn January 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

Aww, that is adorable! I love projects that inspire creativity!



Suzanne January 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

Very cute and fun for little hands!


Candace January 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

This definitely beats the ol’ run of the mill Valentine’s available in the stores nowadays. Is it just me or do those things get chintzier by the year?! I swear they keep uping the price while scaling back on materials.

I don’t know how they sleep at night.
Yes, I’m talking to you..chintzy Valentine’s manufacturers!

Cute post. Love the sports additions;)


aubrey January 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Candace….Destri added the sports additions at the last minute, so cute right? I totally agree wit you on the chintzy Valentine’s…I can’t stand to buy them! Good thing we’ve got a plan so we don’t have to!


Lynette January 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Love those – to bad Idon’t have anyone to give a V-Day too (and please don’t take that as a “pity party for one” just simply stating a fact! ;-)

Can’twait to see what everyone else comes up with!


Destri January 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Oh Lynette, you can always send one to me!


snowbird January 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hi Lynette
look on these webpage and may these is a good way for you to send cards

(cards for the Soldiers ,to write home to the love ones)
Have a marvelous weekend.take care of yourself and stay warm.
sending hugs across the miles


Sarah January 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

These will be our project for tomorrow, or Monday…as soon as I get more printer ink (I feel like I am always out of ink!)


aubrey January 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Good luck with them! I hear you on the ink thing…it’s frustrating and so darn expensive!


Sarah February 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for this! My playgroup is coming over on Friday and we’re going to make these.


Jo Shabo January 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

really love this! Great work for little hands- thank you!!


Kristen S- Craft Gossip January 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I adore this idea:) My little girls would love to sit around and sew these cute little Valentines!!
Just posted on Craft Gossip!! Thanks for the submission!!



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