Valentine’s Day is a little less than month away but it never hurts to be prepared ahead of time. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably scouring the internet for the most adorable thing to gift your beloved. Chocolates and flowers are for boring people, we want something new and exciting. So instead of doing the typical Valentine’s Day shenanigans, we decided to change it up (plus, this way you don’t really have to plan/buy anything in advance). This year, we decided that scratch cards should be the gift to give. Since:

A) They’re fun to make.

B) You can customize them.

C) It’ll probably cost you about about $5 or less in total (better than the $20 you’d spend on chocolates).

D) We’re giving you a template so you don’t even have to make your own!

Need we say anymore? Let’s get started!

DIY Valentine's Day Scratch Cards: The Only Present You'll Need To Give

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock
  • Template (we’ve provided them under the instructions!)
  • Packing tape or clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • A dime

The instructions:

  1. Get all of your supplies ready.
    Make sure to prepare all of your supplies before you start. We also recommend covering the surface that you’ll be working on to avoid staining it with paint.
  2. Measure out the area of the template you’ll need to cover.
    Instead of painting separate circles, we decided to paint an entire sheet of contact paper to save time. So we started out by measuring the space we would have to cover.
  3. Trace out the area on the back of your contact paper.
    Flipping your contact paper over to reveal the paper side, measure out the same dimensions that you’ll need to cover all of the hidden messages.
  4. Cut out your contact paper.
    Following the dimensions you just drew, cut out a piece of contact paper that’s large enough to cover your messages.
  5. Paint it white.
    From experience, we found that if you used a single color, it wasn’t opaque enough to hide the messages underneath. So start out with a layer of white paint. Paint over the entire area until everything is covered. Repeat this step until your contact paper is opaque.
  6. Paint it red.
    Paint over the white with a color of your choice. Since it’s Valentine’s Day and we’re tacky like that, we chose red.
  7. Trace out your desired shape.
    Once all of the paint has dried, flip the contact paper over and trace out shapes that are large enough to cover the circles. You don’t just have to stick with circles, hearts and stars would be pretty cute to try out too!
  8. Cut out your shapes.
    Cut out all of the shapes (you should have 9).
  9. Attach the shapes onto the scratch card.
    Peel the backing off each of the shapes and adhere it to the scratch card so that the messages are hidden.
  10. Et voila!
    Your scratch card is now complete and ready for you to give to your secret (or not so secret) admirer for Valentine’s Day!

We are also providing 3 templates for you to print out! Feel free to take them for your own DIY crafty needs:

Valentines Day Scratch Card Example1
Valentines Day Scratch Card Example2
Valentines Day Scratch Card Example3

What messages would you hide in

a scratch card?

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