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BE CLEVER AND CUTE FOR VALENTINE’S WITH HOMEMADE, LOVE-FILLED GREETINGS

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Put an extra dose of love in family life this Valentine's Day with these silly and frilly ideas.

- Make a heart-shaped paper garland. You'll need a 20-inch by 4-inch length of construction paper, heavy gift wrap or leftover wallpaper. Fold the length of paper into five equal sections, accordion style. On the top panel, draw a large heart that extends to the side edges. Cut around the heart shape through all thicknesses, making sure to leave a hinge on both edges of the heart. On the first heart, write "I Love You Because. . . ." On each cutout, write or draw a picture of things you love about the person receiving the garland. Decorate each section with lace, stickers, tissue paper and ribbon. Hang the chain of hearts on your valentine's bedroom door or window on Valentine's Day.- Make a special valentine rubbing. Fold a piece of white or light-colored construction paper in half for a basic card. Place one or several keys under the top sheet of the card. Make firm strokes with a crayon on the top sheet of paper over the key To embellish the card, make crayon rubbings in contrasting colors, using doilies and lace. When the rubbings are complete, remove the items. Write "You are the Key to my Heart" on the front of the card. Add a special message inside, tuck in a small pouch of tiny heart candies and sign your name.

- Make a clever valentine bookmark. At the bottom corner of an envelope, draw a large heart, making the envelope corner the bottom half and point of the heart. Cut out the top half of the heart through both layers of paper. Glue a small school picture of yourself on the heart, decorate the borders and write a short valentine message. The heart-shaped bookmark will slip over the corner of a page.