YOU WILL NEED
- Kraft Paper
- Red Heart Cut Out of Construction Paper
- 1 Sheet 18″ x 24″ Red Poster Board
- Glue Stick
- Chalk Marker
- 36″ Balloon (color of your choice)
- 19″ Honeycomb (color of your choice, optional)
We need to create the largest square of kraft paper possible. Measure the width of your kraft paper. Our kraft paper was 35.5″ in width, so we measured a 35.5″ long piece of kraft paper and drew a line to mark where to cut our giant square. Cut out your square!
Take the top left corner of the square and fold it to meet the bottom right corner of the square, so your paper creates a triangle. Crease about an inch of the paper only in the center of the fold (you don’t want to crease the whole fold, or it’ll show up across the front of your envelope when it’s finished). Unfold your paper back into a square. Now fold the top right corner of the square across to meet the bottom left corner, and crease the paper only in the center of the line formed by the fold (remember what we said about creasing the whole side, don’t do it!). Unfold your paper back into a square.
You should now have a little “X” in the center of your square! We marked the center of our “X” with a dot so we could better see it.
Fold two opposite corners of the square (it doesn’t matter which!) to the dot in the middle of your paper and crease. Repeat with one more corner, until your square has three folded sides and one point.
Next, fold the two corners of the the bottom of the envelope slightly in to create a little triangle on each side. The triangles should have plenty of space between them and should not be touching. Using the tops of the small triangles as guides, fold the bottom of the envelope up so the straight line formed by the triangles is even with the other two points.
Fold the remaining point down to form the triangle flap! Now you have a gigantic envelope!
Now the easy part! Take one sheet of poster board and fold it in half (we used an 18″ x 24″ piece that suited the size of our kraft paper envelope, make sure you choose a size that works for you!)
Decorate the front to your Valentine to your liking. We chose to use a chalk marker to create a cute phrase.
If you want to take your card a step further, you can create a pop up heart inside! On a folded 19″honeycomb, draw half a heart shape, then cut it out!
Align the honeycomb in your open card so the fold of the honeycomb matches up with the fold of your card. Glue the cardboard backing of one side of the honeycomb to the card. Then glue the top cardboard backing and fold your card closed on the honeycomb so the glued cardboard of the honeycomb adheres to the inside of the card.
Bam! Pop up heart!
Now that you’ve created a colossal card, you need the perfect delivery system! Since a full size hot air balloon would be tough to navigate, we suggest a 36″ pink balloon filled with helium.
Attach silver festooning to the balloon to make it super extra. Then hang envelope and card from the top of the festooning. Voila! Deliver this surprise to your cutie in style!
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