These Valentine's Day Crafts Are the Best Way to Spread the Love This Year (2024)

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if you haven't ordered your Valentine's Day gifts yet, maybe this is the year you want to think about going the DIY route. Because nothing says "You're the One" like a special homemade gift. We can guarantee the recipient will certainly appreciate the time and effort you spent making them a heartfelt gift. Whether you're looking for a present for your husband, a teacher, your mom, or a Galentine we believe that there is something in this list that will certainly spark your interest and crafting skills. How about a pinch pot shaped like a heart for holding jewelry or keys, or a clever wind chime made with heart shaped cookies cutters. And many of these simple ideas are easy enough that the kids can help with a little oversight from an adult.

If you're wondering "what makes a good Valentine's Day craft?" Really it's any gift you make that shows your loved one(s) just how special they are to you. Added bonus, most of the ideas on our list can be done on a budget. And many of these easy ideas can be completed in just a few hours, so you still have time to put together a sweet gift or a unique decoration to show off in your home (but you should definitely get to work!). If you're looking for Valentine's Day mason jar crafts, we have a bunch here, but you can find even more in our exclusive roundup of Mason Jar Ideas for Valentine's Day.

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Homespun Pincushions

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This nifty project pairs up fabric scraps and heart-shaped cookie cutters.

Step 1: To construct the base of each pincushion, place the sharp side of a cookie cutter atop a thin piece of Styrofoam (we used a produce tray from a grocery store). Press the cutter down to imprint the Styrofoam; then cut out the heart shape.

Step 2: Cut a heart-shaped piece of fabric that's about half an inch larger, all the way around, than the Styrofoam shape. Lay the fabric, right side down, on a flat surface and cover the back with Aleene's Tacky Glue; then press the Styrofoam against the fabric. Pull the excess fabric up around the Styrofoam's edges and secure with more glue; let dry for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, cut a square of fabric that's at least three inches larger, all the way around, than the cookie cutter. Hold the cutter, sharp side up, on your lap and lay the fabric right side down over the cutter. Push fiberfill stuffing into the cutter until the fabric protrudes about three-quarters of an inch past the cutter, forming the pincushion. To close the cushion, fold over the remaining fabric and secure with a running stitch.

Step 4: With the cushion still inside the cutter, cover the cushion's bottom with a generous coat of glue. Push the Styrofoam into the cutter so that it presses against the glue; hold in place for three minutes. Let dry for 30 minutes.

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DIY Ring Plate

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This simple idea makes a perfect last-minute Valentine's Day gift for anyone you'd like to show how much you care. Personalize it with a special message.

To make:

Shape modeling clay in a shallow heart-shaped plate. Add a decorative edge and etch a saying in the bottom of the plate with a skewer or sculpting tool. Bake as directed.

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Handled Glass Mug Decorated with a Dot Heart

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The sweet tea drinker in your life will be reminded of your love for them every time they use this inexpensive DIY Valentine's mug. Get the kids to help make these for grandparents.

To make: Use paint pens to draw dots into the shape of a heart on the outside of a glass mug. Allow to dry completely.

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Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter Wind Chimes

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Transform humble cookie cutters into cheery wind chimes that are ideal for hanging above a bed or on the front porch.

To make:
Fashion a 10- to 12-inch length of wire into a heart shape; wrap with red twine, set aside. Make a clay heart with oven-baked modeling clay; punch a hole in the top for hanging and write a phrase (if desired) before baking, and set aside. Punch holes in the crook and point of 3 large, 3 medium, and 3 small heart-shaped cookie cutters. Cut three lengths of twine. Working with one length at a time, thread a large, medium, and small cookie cutter onto twine, knotting above and below each cutter so that it stays in place. Repeat with remaining twine and cookie cutters. Wrap twine lengths (being sure the hearts are facing the correct direction) around wire heart; gather twine lengths at the top and tie in a knot for hanging. Knot twine lengths at the bottom and trim. Thread a short length of twine through the ceramic heart and tie to knot at the bottom of the wine chime, and hang.

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Painted Mason Jar Lantern

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Give the gift of light and love with this simply decorated glass jar. Make up a batch for teachers or friends.

To make:

Paint stripes on the inside of a mason or other glass jar with acrylic paint. Once dry, place a battery-operated tea light in the jar. Screw on lid and embellish with a piece of colorful twine or ribbon.

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Custom Printed Market Tote

Make sure your loved one is the belle of the farmer's market by crafting her a custom market tote replete with iron-on imagery and a ribbon embellishment.

To make: On your computer, design imagery including punny sayings, if desired (ours says "I love you from my head tomatoes"). Print on iron-on transfer paper. Cut out around imagery and iron on a canvas tote bag. Attach a length of ribbon to the top of the bag with Stitch Witchery.

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Decorated Valentine's Candy Jar

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Transform a plain mason jar into a spectacular candy jar that is guaranteed to spark joy.

To make: Write loving words and draw decorations on a mason jar with acrylic markers. To make the collar: cut a long, 1-inch-wide strip of seasonally appropriate fabric. Using a needle and thread, sew a long, loose running stitch along one edge of the fabric, leaving lengths of thread at either end. Pull thread and fabric to create a ruffle. Use extra thread to tie the ruffle around the top of the jar.

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Love Message Iron-on Dishtowels

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Beautiful and utilitarian, these custom dishtowels will bring love and joy to the most used room in the house: the kitchen.

To make: On your computer, design imagery including photographs, if desired. Print on iron-on transfer paper. Cut out around imagery and iron on cotton dishtowels per manufacturer's directions.

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Candy Charcuterie Heart

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A candy charcuterie mosaic makes the perfect Galentine’s party centerpiece or an activity to do with the kids for a family celebration of the holiday!

To make: Using a heart-shaped tray, pick out candies in several different Valentine’s Day shades. Sort candies by color and place them into the board one color at a time to create an ombre effect.

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Valentine's Day Suede Earrings

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These handmade earrings will look seriously festive hanging from your sweetheart's earlobes (and you can even make a pair for yourself!).

Get the tutorial at Hey, Let's Make Stuff!

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Rustic Love Barnwood Sign

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The best thing about this upcycled wooden sign is that you can keep it on display all year round.

Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane.

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Scrap Ribbon Heart Tote Bag

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No sewing is required to make this adorable (and amazingly easy!) decorated canvas tote bag.

Get the tutorial at AttaGirl Says.

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DIY Lavender Lip Balm

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This adorable DIY lip balm will ensure that both you and your Valentine have perfectly kissable lips on February 14.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Sweetheart Candies Valentines Flower

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What could be sweeter than a little flower pot decorated with conversation heart candies?

Get the tutorial at Made With Happy.

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Birdhouse Valentine Box

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If you've got a Cricut Maker handy, then you can easily put together this pretty pink-and-red Valentine's Day birdhouse for someone special.

Get the tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.

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Valentine's Day Box

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Likewise, a Cricut Maker can help you put together this mini Valentine's Day mailbox in a snap.

Get the tutorial at Hey, Let's Make Stuff!

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Valentine's Day Terrarium

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Use pink-and-gold sand and pretty pink air plants to create this easy (and totally unique!) craft.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Conversation Heart Painted Rocks

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A great craft for both kids and adults, these clever painted rocks serve as the perfect paperweight for your Valentine.

Get the tutorial at Made With Happy.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Embroidery Wine Bags

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The only thing that could make this embroidered wine bag better is a bottle of wine to accompany it.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Valentine's Day Bird Feeders

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Mix up some bird seed mix, then use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create a cute bird feeder for your backyard.

Get the tutorial at Simple Joy.

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Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day is a special occasion to express love and appreciation for loved ones through thoughtful gifts and gestures. DIY crafts can be a heartfelt way to show your affection. Here are some concepts and ideas related to Valentine's Day crafts:

  1. Homespun Pincushions:

    • This project involves using fabric scraps and heart-shaped cookie cutters to create pincushions.
    • Steps include constructing the base with Styrofoam, covering it with fabric, and creating the pincushion with fiberfill stuffing [[1]].
  2. DIY Ring Plate:

    • This simple idea involves shaping modeling clay into a shallow heart-shaped plate, adding a decorative edge, and etching a special message at the bottom before baking [[1]].
  3. Handled Glass Mug Decorated with a Dot Heart:

    • Using paint pens, one can draw dots into the shape of a heart on the outside of a glass mug, creating a personalized and inexpensive Valentine's gift [[1]].
  4. Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter Wind Chimes:

    • This craft transforms humble cookie cutters into cheery wind chimes, ideal for hanging as a decoration.
    • It involves creating wire hearts, making clay hearts, and assembling the wind chime with twine and cookie cutters [[1]].
  5. Painted Mason Jar Lantern:

    • This craft involves painting stripes on the inside of a glass jar with acrylic paint and placing a battery-operated tea light inside for a simple and decorative gift [[1]].
  6. Custom Printed Market Tote:

    • Crafting a custom market tote with iron-on imagery and a ribbon embellishment can make a thoughtful and personalized gift [[1]].
  7. Decorated Valentine's Candy Jar:

    • Transforming a plain mason jar into a spectacular candy jar by writing loving words and drawing decorations with acrylic markers [[1]].
  8. Love Message Iron-on Dishtowels:

    • Creating custom dishtowels with iron-on transfer paper and adding love-themed imagery for a beautiful and utilitarian gift [[1]].
  9. Candy Charcuterie Heart:

    • Crafting a candy charcuterie mosaic in the shape of a heart, suitable for a Galentine’s party centerpiece or a family celebration [[1]].
  10. Valentine's Day Suede Earrings:

    • Handmade earrings designed for a festive Valentine's Day look, suitable for gifting [[1]].

These are just a few examples of the many DIY Valentine's Day crafts that can be created to show appreciation and love for various individuals in your life.

Feel free to ask for more details on any specific craft or if you have other Valentine's Day-related questions!

These Valentine's Day Crafts Are the Best Way to Spread the Love This Year (2024)

FAQs

How can I be creative for Valentine's Day? ›

Here are 14 ideas to help make this Valentine's Day extra special!
  1. Make a Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board. ...
  2. Send Valentines. ...
  3. Decorate in Hearts. ...
  4. Create a Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt. ...
  5. Have a Valentine's Day Photo Shoot. ...
  6. Surprise Your Kids with Love Notes. ...
  7. Put Up a Valentine's Day Tree. ...
  8. Break a Heart-Shaped Piñata.

How to make a special gift for Valentine's Day? ›

DIY Valentine's Day Ideas
  1. Crochet Heart Video {Free Crochet Pattern} - EverythingEtsy.com. ...
  2. Baked Chocolate Cherry Doughnut Hearts - Making Nice in the Midwest. ...
  3. Free Valentines Candy Bar Wrappers. ...
  4. DIY Hand Stamped Necklace. ...
  5. Crochet Heart Pattern - EverythingEtsy.com.

How can I make Valentines Day special without gifts? ›

Free or Cheap Valentine's Day Ideas
  1. Make them a hearty, yummy breakfast.
  2. Finish their laundry the morning of V-Day.
  3. Leave a note in their coat pocket so they'll find it randomly.
  4. Surprise them with morning sex.
  5. Bake their favorite dessert.
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How to make easy Valentine's decorations? ›

Heart Branch Centerpieces

Bring a bit of nature to your Valentine's Day décor by topping foraged twigs with red, pink, and white paper hearts and placing them in your favorite vases. They'll make the sweetest centerpiece!

What is Secret Valentine's? ›

Celebrate Galentine's Day with a Valentine's Secret Santa for the true loves in your life: your besties! Draw names online and find the perfect gift for your Secret Cupid. Who will be your Valentine's Secret Santa? Start a Secret Valentine gift exchange, spread the love and find out.

How do you make a secret message for Valentines? ›

For each valentine, draw a heart on white construction paper and cut it out. Use a white crayon to decorate the heart with designs and a message. Press hard. On the back of the heart, use a pen to write: “Brush the other side with pink watercolors to find a secret message in invisible ink!”

Who created Valentine's day? ›

Oruch, a University of Kansas English professor, determined that Chaucer was the first to link love with St. Valentine in his 14th-century works "The Parliament of Fowls" and "The Complaint of Mars," notes the Times. Therefore, Oruch claimed, Chaucer invented Valentine's Day as we know it today.

What is the most gifted thing on Valentine's Day? ›

If you're unsure about what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day, the survey says that the most traditional gifts are the most desired: 48% want a nice dinner at a restaurant. 34% want chocolates. 31% want flowers.

What to make for a Valentine's Day box? ›

Heart Sticker Valentine's Box

All you need is a shoebox and some heart-shaped stickers to create this eye-catching box. After cutting a slit into the top of the box, cover the top and bottom with pink paper. Then it's sticker time!

How to decorate Valentine at home? ›

19 of the Most Beautiful Valentine's Day Decoration Ideas for...
  1. 01 of 19. Wooden Hearts. ...
  2. 02 of 19. Floral Linen-Wrapped Pots. ...
  3. 03 of 19. "Be Mine" Marbleized Heart Coasters. ...
  4. 04 of 19. Flower Garland. ...
  5. 05 of 19. Dried Floral Wreath. ...
  6. 06 of 19. Crayon Hearts. ...
  7. 07 of 19. Floral Seating-Card Holders. ...
  8. 08 of 19. Scented Flowers.
Jan 10, 2023

How to make Valentine's at home romantic? ›

For reference, here are some ideas that you can consider:
  1. 1.Hold a Cosplay Night. ...
  2. Organize Fun Photoshoots and Video Taking. ...
  3. Plan a Romantic Movie Night. ...
  4. Dance the Day Away. ...
  5. 1.Enjoy a Fondue for Two. ...
  6. Cook a New Dish Together. ...
  7. Challenge Each Other to a Cook-Off. ...
  8. 1.Create an At-Home Spa.
Jan 18, 2024

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