- Fairly stiff white paper (lamp shade paper works well; get it white on one side, colored on the other)
- Red construction paper (or other kind of paper)
- A sharp needle or piercer (like a small skewer)
- glue (optional)
Draw or make a template first and trace around a heart for your basic outside shape.
- Create a simple pattern. Embroidery books can give you some ideas. You can draw this freehand or create one pattern and trace it at even intervals.
- Use the utility knife to make straight and curved cuts (this should be done by an adult); use the needle or skewer to pierce holes. Make sure to go all one way from back to front of the surface you want to show.
- On straight lines that have been cut, use the needle to raise one edge of each line open to a slit. On curved lines, use the needle to roll the curve to the inside and open it up so the card color will show through.
- Glue baby's breath, other dried flowers, or small silk flowers to the back of your heart, so they extend out the top.
- lue the pierced heart to a card of contrasting color (white on red is nice), putting glue on the outer edges only. Glue a small bow to the top.
- Write a message on the front and inside.
- Do not flatten. Deliver your card in a small box.