These handmade cards are simple yet special.

Handmade valentines help children express affection through creativity, and making them together as a family opens up warm conversations about the people we care about and the ways we appreciate them. Try this fun valentine-making activity at home this month.

WHAT YOU NEED

Colored cardstock in two colors Cereal box Acrylic paint in at least three colors Scissors Glue

HOW YOU DO IT

1. While reds, pinks and white are traditional valentine colors, feel free to choose your own color palette. Fold a piece of cardstock in half to make a card. Cut out an approximately 4-inch heart from a piece of contrasting colored cardstock.

2. Turn the folded cardstock so that the crease is at the top. Cut off the bottom to form a square shape.

3. Place the cut-out hearts on a piece of newspaper or scrap paper.

4. Cut the cereal box into strips that are 6 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide.

5. Pour out a small amount of acrylic paint. Drag the edge of a box strip through the paint so that the bottom is covered.

6. Use the bottom of the box strip like a stamp to make lines across the heart. Make several lines that crisscross and go in multiple directions. There is no wrong way!

7. Let the heart dry for a few minutes and repeat step 6 with another strip dipped into another color.

8. Let all of the hearts dry.

9. Glue the hearts to the card and write a valentine message inside.

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. Winter hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.