2nd Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Handmade Valentine Card Swap

Hilltown Families Valentine Card Swap, 2009 (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Last year I organized a handmade Valentine swap with friends and members of the Hilltown Families Listserv, and we had so much fun that we’re doing it again!

A handmade Valentine swap gives local families an opportunity to be creative together while connecting with other families in Western Massachusetts.  Through the swap, participating families mail out handmade Valentine cards to ten assigned addresses, and in return, they receive cards from ten other participating families.  The cards can be handmade by any combination of child and adult, so if you’re kids aren’t completely up to the task, or if an adult would like to make their own design, there’s flexibility.

Deadline to sign up is next Saturday, January 30st by midnight with the info below. On Monday (02/01/10) I will email your assigned names/address of participants you would send your handmade cards to.  You would be kindly requested to send your Valentines off by Feb. 7th.

If interested in participating, email the following information to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com by midnight 01/30/10:

  • Name of child/family:
  • Mailing address:

Click on image to learn how to weave these Swedish Hearts. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)


Weaving Swedish Paper Hearts can seem difficult at first, but once a rhythm is discovered, it is a pleasant activity to unwind with while relaxing with friends and community.  These paper hearts were traditionally made as ornaments filled with goodies that went on the Christmas Tree, but they also  make a wonderful Valentine’s craft. Learn how to make Swedish Paper Hearts for your loved ones


  • 02/06 in Amherst – Looking for some inspiration to crafting your little tokens of love and friendship? The Eric Carle Museum will be hosting a Valentine-Making Party on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 from 9:30-11am.  The Carle will provide all you need to create your Valentine Cards.  Appropriate for kids ages 4 and older.  Pre-registration by 02/02/10 is recommended (413.658.1155), and the cost to participate is $7 per participant.
  • 02/13 in Holyoke – Valentine Crafts at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 from 1-3pm.  This fun and creative program is appropriate for all ages, inspiring the artist in everyone with hands-on projects from collage to pater-cutting and original crafting of Valentines.  Learn about the history of Victorian Valentines and make some of your own to send to special friends. $6 per person ($15 per family).  Reservations are suggested (413.322.5660).
  • 02/14 in Stockbridge – Pop-Up Party! A Valentine’s Day Workshop at the Norman Rockwell Museum from 1-4pm. Design unique pop-up Valentines for family and friends in celebration of the holiday. Sweet sentiments and delicious treats will be enjoyed by all! Free with Museum admission.

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