Be sweet to your loved ones and the Earth this Valentine's Day by turning everyday items around your house into something heartfelt. Show you care about the environment by creating recycled cards for your family and friends.
- Old newspaper or leftover tissue paper
- Heart-shape cookie cutter
- Clean plate
- Bowl of water
- Glue wash (equal parts glue and water)
- Old greeting card
1. Tear newspaper or tissue paper into small pieces. Place the cookie cutter on the plate. Making sure each piece overlaps, position a few pieces of the paper inside the cookie cutter to create a thin layer. Dip your finger into the bowl of water and then press it gently on the paper layer, making the paper damp. Continue layering, dipping, and pressing until the cookie cutter is about half full. Let it dry for at least a day.
2. When the paper mold is completely dry, gently press down on the mold and carefully lift off the cookie cutter. Using a clean paintbrush, apply a light coat of glue wash to the mold. As it dries, move on to step three.
3. Cover an old greeting card with things from around the house—such as construction paper, magazines, newspapers, or doilies. Write a poem or message inside the card and then glue the 3-D heart to the front. Now you’re ready to give this Earth-friendly valentine to someone you love!
Photograph by Becky Hale & Mark Thiessen, NG Staff
Text adapted from the National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver