By signing up, you commit to making about 10 Valentines (depends on total number of participants) to send to a group of people around the world. When you sign up to participate, you’ll provide your mailing address. Once the submissions are closed on February 5th, you’ll receive a list of names and addresses from people around the world to send Valentines to. Please try to get them in the mail no later than February 8th to ensure they arrive on time. It’s so much fun to see all of the cards arriving in the mail mid-February! 

How it came to be

Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Julia Parris loves snail mail, and has been sending letters to friends around the world for as long as she can remember. In 2012 she started what would become known as the Handmade Valentine Exchange. At the time, it was just a handful of friends in different places around the globe, but the next year it doubled in size, gaining participation from artists and designers from England, Sweden, Canada, Germany and the U.S.. 

This year she’s opening it up to anyone. Sign up today to reserve your spot on the list. If you need some inspiration, check out some of the Valentines from 2012 and 2013.

In the meantime, you can follow Julia on Twitter for updates.  


Do you have to be an artist/designer to participate?
Not at all. Each Valentine should be handmade by you, but it is open to interpretation, and can be done by anyone of any skill or background.

Can I send cards I bought at the paper store?
Nope. It just wouldn’t be a Handmade Valentine Exchange if we did that.

Do I have to sign my name on the card?
Nope, it can be whatever you want as long as you're sending a positive vibe.

What do I do if I don’t get my cards mailed by Valentine’s Day?
Don’t panic, it happens. Mail your cards as soon as possible. It’s better to receive a Valentine late than not at all.

Will my address be published on the site?
No, only the people in your group will receive your address and we never share email with third parties.