February is the season for love and valentine crafting! Creating handmade valentines is a fun family activity for a cold winter afternoon.

February is the season for love and valentine crafting! Creating handmade valentines is a fun family activity for a cold winter afternoon. These playing card valentines are easy to make and add a little personality to the standard classroom valentine.

WHAT YOU NEED Playing cards in the hearts suit Red and pink pipe cleaners Stiff red or pink Felt Lollipops Googly eyes Black marker Hole punch Scissors Tacky glue HOW YOU DO IT

1. Punch four holes in the playing card for arms and legs. The holes should be approximately 1 inch from the top and bottom of the card and approximately one half-inch from each side.

2. Cut pipe cleaner in half. Weave one piece through the top set of holes for the arms. Weave the other half through the bottom set of holes for legs.

3. Cut out a heart shape approximately 2-3 inches tall from the stiff felt.

4. Glue eyes to heart and use marker to add facial features.

5. Glue heart to top of card, making sure at least half the heart is attached to the card.

6. Curl pipe cleaners limbs at each end to create the look of hands and feet. Securely wrap one hand around the stem of a lollipop.

7. Bending the pipe cleaners, position your valentine in a seated or standing position.

WHO THOUGHT THIS UP

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.