DIY Banana Valentines + a Free Printable!

Even though I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day, I do love the actual valentines. They're adorable, and I would be happy to receive literally any valentine rather than all the other stuff that comes with the holiday. I mean, who can pay $100 for a teeny bouquet of flowers?! Whether you want to give your gal pals a cute valentine or make your S.O. smile, I've got you covered with these punny little valentines with a printable pun and a homemade touch. These banana valentines are sure to be my favorites forever! Using my trusty Excel Blade craft knife, I created a layered effect so that yellow bananas shine through the paper. 
What's your favorite banana pun? I think I like "let's never split" the best! 
As you know by now, I use my Excel Blades soft grip craft knife for just about EVERYTHING. For these valentines, it's the perfect tool for cutting out mini banana shapes from colored cardstock so that you can see the yellow cardstock shining through. Topped with printable banana puns, you can customize the colors of your cardstock however you'd like. 
Gift them as is, or write a quick note on the backside of the banana valentine to personalize it for the recipient! I think you could make these for kids or adults. Maybe I'll give them to my nieces!
Time: 15 minutes
Step 1: Cut the yellow paper to size 3 x 5 in. Then cut the colored cardstock to the same size. Set the yellow aside. 
Step 2: On top of the mat, use the Excel Blades knife to cut out the black middle of the banana template (half moon shape). This will act as a stencil for your next cuts. 
Step 3: Place the stencil over the colored cardstock that will be on top. Hold the papers in place with one hand and cut around the stencil with the other. Remove the paper to reveal a banana shape. Repeat in no particular pattern all over the paper. 
Step 4: Once all of the banana shapes are cut, spread the glue stick all over the backside and stick on top of the yellow paper, lining up the edges. Use the Excel Blades knife to trim the edges as needed so they are even. 
Step 5: Cut out the printable banana puns and apply glue to the backside. Stick to the approximate middle of the card. 
Step 6: Lastly, use the black marker to dot the ends of the bananas. This makes the ends of the banana and makes them appear more defined. 
Then they're ready to give out! Whether you're giving these to kids or adults, I think they'll appreciate the cute pun and the sentiment behind it. Happy Valentine's Day! 

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