You Can Do This: Design Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

02/13/2014 at 01:10 PM ET
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It’s probably been years since you’ve made a construction-paper Valentine’s Day card — but they’re a lot more fun to give and receive.

Although we’re closing in on the big day, there’s still time to make a custom card for your partner (or roommate, or best friend). And if you’re snowed in today, this is the perfect craft project to entertain stir-crazy elementary schoolers.

Created by Darcy Miller, the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, these crafty Valentines are easy to make at home. Make a quick pit stop at the art store for supplies to follow Miller’s directions step-by-step, or use her designs as inspiration to make a card with what you have around the house. Biggest skill required: cutting paper.

Ready, set, glue!

Charlotte Jenks Lewis

You’ll need: 1 pair plastic heart-shaped sunglasses, 1 notecard (with optional clear sleeve), 2 heart stickers, 1 foil-wrapped chocolate, glue

1. Adhere sunglasses to card with glue.
2. Write message — “Blinded by… your love” — on card.
3. Decorate with heart stickers.
4. Adhere chocolate heart to card with glue.
5. For extra protection, slip card into clear sleeve.

PEOPLE Tip: Don’t have heart sunglasses? Make a 2-D pair out of construction paper and red glitter for a similar effect.

Charlotte Jenks Lewis

You’ll need: 1 heart-shaped mini deck of playing cards in plastic container with lid (available at, 1 sheet pink paper (with optional adhesive back), 1 sheet white paper, glue

1. Using lid of card deck, trace a heart onto pink paper and cut out.
2. Draw a smaller heart onto white paper and cut out. Write message — “Be my queen” or “Be my king” — onto white heart and attach to pink heart with glue.
3. Attach pink heart to lid of deck with adhesive backing or glue.

PEOPLE Tip: Can’t find a heart-shaped deck of cards? Make a similar Valentine out of a deck of traditional playing cards — and challenge your partner to a game of poker after dinner.

Charlotte Jenks Lewis

You’ll need: 1 heart-themed matchbox (available at, candy bracelets or other small Valentine’s candy

1. Write a special message on back of matchbox.
2. Place bracelet (or other candy, such as conversation hearts) in matchbox.

PEOPLE Tip: If you can’t find a matchbox with a heart theme, use stickers and letters to create your own “Perfect Match” design on the front of a regular matchbox.

Charlotte Jenks Lewis

You’ll need: 1 mini notebook, 1 blank notecard, 1 envelope (optional: die-cut envelope, available at, glue

1. Stencil or write “I (heart) U” on front of mini notebook.
2. Write special messages on each notebook page.
3. Cut scalloped edges around notecard and attach mini notebook to notecard with glue.

—Nancy Mattia

FILED UNDER: Home , Kids , Valentine's Day

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Beautiful gift…………