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15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Made With Love

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
February 06, 2017 · 4k Views

Don’t buy into the misconception that the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that cost the most money. A gift that you make by hand is one-of-a-kind, heartfelt, and much more special than anything bought from a store. Another great thing about going handmade is that the options are boundless and you can find the perfect DIY project for everyone you care about – boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, mom, and dad. Here are 15 creative DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are made with love.

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15 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Made With Love

red velvet pancakes

Take breakfast in bed to the next level with Red Velvet Pancakes! Surprise your Valentine with a romantic heart-shaped meal that symbolizes your love for them. Top off the presentation with coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and flowers. Visit Tidymom.net for the full recipe.


pocket pillow

Receiving a love note is just as exciting now as it was when you were in 6th grade. This adorable gift idea trades in the boring envelope for a pillow with a secret pocket to hide your declaration of affection. For this basic sewing project, you’ll need fabric, a scrap of felt, thread, and stuffing. Visit Seekatesew.com for full tutorial.


diy love bug

Here’s the perfect gift for the youngest Valentine in your life. Their face will light up with joy when they see this cute little love bug waiting for them. The project calls for fabric, string, polyester fiberfill, scissors, and pins. Visit Diynetwork.com for tutorial and love bug pattern for download.


valentine wall hanging

Home décor with hearts runs the risk of coming off tacky. But we love the chic, modern look of this DIY Valentine’s Day wall hanging. Instead of pink and red, it uses gold and black to make a unique piece of wall art that can be displayed all year round. Visit Sarahhearts.com for step-by-step instructions.


watercolor rose-flavored cookies

Giving roses for Valentine’s Day is so yesterday. If you want to really impress your loved one, make them these beautiful sugar cookies flavored with a hint of rose. Top with fondant decorated with a stunning watercolor pattern accented with flecks of gold leaf and voila! For full tutorial, visit Sugarhero.com.


clay heart earrings

While jewelry makes a great gift, it’s also expensive. These clay heart earrings are incredibly sweet and very cheap to make. You’ll need oven-bake clay, gold spray paint, E-600 glue, and earring studs, and a heart-shaped cutter. Visit Thecraftedlife.com for full tutorial.


heart-shaped bath bombs

Any Valentine’s gift that promotes relaxation and self-love is a winner. Scented with a blissful combination of jasmine and sandalwood, these heart-shaped bath bombs are perfect for both him and her. Visit Attagirlsays.com for step-by-step instructions.



candy-filled mason jar vases

On their own, flowers and candy come across as unoriginal. But put them together and they make a unique and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. This is an easy DIY project that even the non-crafter can make. You’ll need a mason jar, cardboard tube, candy, and fresh cut flowers. Visit Dukesandduchesses for full tutorial.


valentine tic tac toe

The young and the young at heart love games. Inspired by the classic game Tic Tac Toe, this gift is perfect for kids and adults alike. The project calls for a muslin bag, birch plywood, scissors, 9 small, smooth stones, paint, a paintbrush, and stamps and ink. Don’t forget to replace the O’s with hearts! Visit Themerrythought.com for full tutorial.


52 things I love about you

Transform a playing cards deck into a miniature book of love notes devoted to your Valentine. To make the book, you’ll need playing cards, Mod-Podge, binder rings, one-hole punch, and scissors. Assembling is fast and easy – the time and effort goes into filling pages with words from the heart. Visit Visualheart.com for full tutorial.

valentine's day six pack

Let’s be honest, beer is not the most romantic of beverages. This DIY project proves otherwise by giving the standard 6-pack a Valentine’s Day makeover. Simply revamp the holder with scrapbook paper, hearts, and ribbons. There are no rules here, just have fun and be creative! Check out the instructions a MidwestLiving.


diy valentine's day bookmarks

This is a perfect gift for the booklover in your life. Their heart will sing once they see a stack of romantic bookmarks waiting to take them through their next literary adventure. All you need are paint samples from the local hardware store, ribbon, and a heart-shaped hole punch. Find them on Pinterest.



“Open When” letters are a touching way to let your loved one know you care during life’s biggest moments. And they can be given to anyone special to you. There are many ways to approach the project from handwritten or printed envelopes to letters of affection or letters of encouragement and support. For inspiration and ideas, visit Styletic.com.


diy infinity knot bracelet

When it comes to love, the infinity knot represents the unwavering strength in a relationship between two people. Infinity knot inspired jewelry like this DIY bracelet makes an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for a significant other or dear friend. To make your bracelet, you will need thick rope in a color of your choice, anchor charm (any charm will work), large crimping beads, and thin rope. Click here for step-by-step instructions.


heart attack box

Long distance relationships are tough as it is. Being away from the one you love is especially hard on Valentine’s Day. Let them know how much they mean to you by sending a heart attack box. Just imagine how happy they will feel upon receiving a shower of hearts handmade with love by you. For full tutorial, visit the blog The House That Lars Built.


This Valentine’s Day, avoid the stress of shopping for gift only to end up with something generic and disappointing. Instead, show your Valentine how much they mean and make them a DIY gift inspired by your love and affection.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.
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