Rachel BroughamUpdated: Feb. 05, 2024
Forget the heart-shaped box of chocolates and over-priced vase of red roses. This Valentine's Day, give a loved one a unique gift from the heart. Here are 15 DIY gift ideas that are easy-to-make.
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This tic-tac-toe game would be a great Valentine’s Day gift for a child in your life.
You’ll need some cloth bags (you can sew them yourself or buy them), some heart-shaped wood chips (easy to cut with a scroll saw or jigsaw), a letter stamp set, some ink and a red marker. With the help of an adult, your child could make these games as gifts for their friends.
For a complete list of instructions, visit Magnolia Market.
Candy Tackle Box
Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without some candy, so get creative with this clever tackle box full of treats.
You can use a small compartment container like the kind you may use to organize small hardware pieces on your workbench.
Here are the full directions for how to make these cute Valentine’s Day tackle boxes.
Your loved ones will think of you every time they drink out of their new heart coffee mugs. You can find inexpensive simple white mugs at a dollar store that will make a great gift when decorated.
Here are the full instructions from PinkWhen.
This simple DIY project from Reality Daydream can be customized; make it big or small and use your favorite colors.
You’ll need some scrap wood cut to size and sanded. Then use nails to create a heart shape and yarn to fill in the pattern.
For the beer (or soda) lover, make a custom six-pack holder. Just take the cardboard holder and decorate it with photos and drawings.
For a similar, but sturdier project, try creating a DIY reclaimed barn wood beer caddy. Oh and, don’t miss out on these other swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day gifts for him, either.
You can make this simple Valentine’s Day ornament in just minutes with some cardboard and yarn. Just cut out the cardboard in the shape of a heart and tightly wrap the yarn around it and you’ll have your ornament.
You can watch a video of one being made here.
Themed gift baskets are always a fun gift idea. Depending on the recipient’s taste, try filling a basket with beer, soda, candy, lotto cards or fun snacks—the possibilities are endless.
Give some customized magnets this Valentine’s Day! Here are our favorite magnetic tape strips.
For a full list of instructions, visit MakeSomthingMondays.com.
Think about all the places you’ve been together and make a “Places We’ve Been” gift that will look great hanging on the wall. Just cut out maps of the locations you’ve been together in the shape of a heart, glue or tape them to heavy paper and finish it off with a picture frame.
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Grab an old pack of playing cards and write down 52 reasons you love the recipient. You can then line up the cards and punch holes for binder clips to hold them together and keep them organized.
Instead of roses, give succulents this Valentine’s Day. Succulents do well in winter and can also be used in a DIY terrarium.
You can also try your hand at making this heart floral arrangement by following these instructions.
Trees aren’t just for Christmas! Create a DIY Valentine heart tree with a Mason jar, paint and some twigs.
DIY Picture Frame
A DIY picture frame will be a great addition to any gallery wall. You can find an inexpensive heart-shaped frame from a craft store and then decorate it with scrapbook paper.
Originally Published: February 09, 2021
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.
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