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DIY: My Scientific Valentine

DIY: My Scientific Valentine

Give store-bought Valentines the ol' heave-ho, and help your kids make these spinning disc illusion Valentines for their friends at school. Bonus: They'll learn a little about science along the way.

This Valentine uses the same principles that animators use to create cartoons—or flip books! When images flash in rapid succession, your brain can’t process them as separate images, so it creates a hybrid image. Animators draw sequential images and flash them in rapid succession to make it look like a cartoon character is moving in one image when it’s actually multiple images seen as one. Who says holidays can’t be educational?





  1. Print out the front side of the Valentine. Flip over the page and print the backside. Make sure to orient the top of the back page to feed through your printer in the same direction as the front.
  2. Write the names of the TO and FROM before cutting the Valentines. Be sure to orient the names in the direction shown otherwise they will be upside down!
  3. Cut out the Valentines.
  4. Punch a hole at the cross hair marks.
  5. Thread a rubber band through one hole and secure. Repeat for other side.


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Ana Dziengel is an architect, award winning furniture designer, and mom blogger. In 2012 Dziengel left behind an architecture career to be a stay-at-home mom, professional crafter, amateur scientist, and impromptu art teacher to her three young children. Find more of her scientific crafts at

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