DIY Peekaboo Matchbook Valentine

DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine |

What better way to spend a cold February evening than making Valentines for sweethearts and sweet pals? Here’s one that includes a packet of treats — a token of affection suitable for everyone you adore.

DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (Materials) |


  • Cardstock
  • Cellophane treat bag
  • Cinnamon hearts or other candy
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Circle punch (optional)
  • Stapler
  • Embellishments / decorations (optional)

DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 1) |


  1. Cut cardstock into a strip large enough to fold around the cellophane bag: It should be about ¼ to ½ inch wider than the bag; the length should be double, plus an extra ¼ to ½ inch. Before cutting, consider trimming the height of the bag to the desired size, including enough for folding the top closed.DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 2) |
  2. Measure and, using the bone folder, score 1 inch from one end of the cardstock, then fold over. Bring the opposite end halfway over the 1-inch fold, aligning the edges, and fold. Use the bone folder for create sharp folds.DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 3) | DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 4) |
  3. Fill bag with cinnamon hearts (don’t overfill). Fold over the opening of the bag and staple it between the back and 1-inch fold-over. Keep the staples at least halfway away from the cut edge.DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 5) |
  4. Make a window in the front of the card by punching a hole with the circle punch. (You can also use an X-Acto knife or scissors.)DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 6) | DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (step 7) |
  5. Decorate card as desired. I used washi tape to hide the staples, and stamped Happy Valentine’s on the front. Close the Valentine by sliding the longer end under the 1-inch fold-over — like a matchbook — then give to someone you admire.

DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine (detail) | DIY peekaboo Matchbook Valentine |


About Corinna vanGerwen

I'm a gift wrapping expert, writer, stylist and former decorating editor, writing all about gift wrapping on the Corinna Wraps blog.


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