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Recycled Valentine BasketPhoto credit: Pink and Green Mama

Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. Valentine’s Day has passed, and I bet you're wondering what to do with those old Valentine's cards besides just pitching them in the trash. Here are a few ideas, including this very creative recycled basket.

Recycled Valentine's Day Card Basket

Materials You'll Need:

  • Template (downloadable)
  • 14 used Valentine's cards
  • White glue
  • Hole punch or something to poke holes with
  • Yarn or embroidery thread (in Valentine's colors)
  • Fat embroidery needle or crochet hook (optional)
  • Scissors

Making a Basket Photo credit: Pink and Green Mama

Trace the template on the cards: 12 side pieces and 2 bottom pieces, centering the best parts of the cards. Glue two sides together with the graphics facing outward on each side, including the two bottom pieces. Use a hole punch to punch sewing holes evenly (about 1/4 inch apart) around the edges of each piece. Sew the side pieces to the bottom, and finally sew the sides together.

For more information on this basket, go to and

Or, find out how to make a recycled Valentine's necklace, decorations, postcards, placemats, refrigerator magnets and gift tags.


Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.