DIY Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Thursday February 2, 2012 by Alexandra C.

I know that based on what the movies tell me, I should hate Valentine's Day but, I actually love Valentine's Day. Here's why: I love the fact that you can make anyone feel so special and loved on this day. One of the ways I do this is by creating personalized homemade gifts. With just a little bit of extra effort and of course, a handy dandy glue gun, you can create fabulous DIY gifts that will make anyone's heart melt. 

Here's a round up of awesome DIY ideas and inspiration, just because I love you, I honestly love you. 

Valentine Idea #1: Cute Cards  

(from left) Paint Swatches: Re-purpose old paint swatches in shades of pink and red with fun stamps. Best of all- this one is crazy cheap if you stock up at your local hardware store! (via

Scratch Card Valentine: The pictured card is a wedding invite but you could easily personalize a card using this method for Valentine's Day. What about scratching off to reveal a hidden love note? Click here for full tutorial.

Sweet 3-D Valentine: Taking a photo, cut two slits and slide in a treat for the recipient! I love how they use the photo itself as part of the card. (via

Valentine Idea #2: Get Creative with Packaging

Play Doh Valentine: Like our kid-friendly sticker valentine craft, using small gifts like these with snappy sayings are great in a basket, on their own or for classmates. (via

Brown Paper Bag: This is actually a printable craft (check it out here), which I think it would be so adorable to have a special Valentine's lunch packed in this with a funny quote! 

(top and bottom right) Boxes and Wrapping: These are reused wooden cigar boxes lined and filled with Valentine's Day goodies. I love how the little saying or message included makes it so unique for the receiver. (via 

Valentine Idea #3 (part 1): Great Gifts for Him and Her 

(from left to right) Candles: Create an expensive looking candle out of a dollar store buy simply by rolling a white candle on stamp pad. (via

Unroll a Message: Using stamps or even by freehand, write down a message on fabric and roll onto old spool. Have your valentine unroll it to reveal a love letter! (via

Scrabble Coasters: Using scrabble tiles to create a coaster is a great way to make a gift specific to the person you're giving it to. Spell out their name or an inside joke! (via

Pencil: This gift is the perfect teacher's valentine. Attach a cute tag to a pencil and add a clever quote: 'You're the "Write" Stuff' perhaps? (via

DIY Cufflinks: For the dapper gent, use old buttons to create one of a kind cufflinks. (via

Customize a Journal: Remember those old school library check out cards? I love how you can use the same style to create an adorable little card! Attached onto the inside of a journal (or maybe a special, meaningful book), it makes a fab present. (via

Valentine Idea #3 (part 2): Great Gifts for Him and Her  

(from left to right) Candy Pencils: Roll a pack of candies in paper and attach a kiss at the bottom. It's a fun and unique way to package a typical Valentine's present. (via

Snow Globes for Valentine's: Use household products to create a snow globe! This craft is especially kid-friendly. Use a glue gun to attach a plastic toy as well, this is a great opportunity to use something special for the person you're giving it to! (via

DIY Teabags: This craft is a bit more challenging and time consuming but I can't get over how cool they are! Imagine a flavour and label made just for you! Also try DIY'ing a teabag made for the tub, how awesome is that? (via

Movie Night For Two: Create a basket or pack with all the fixings for night in for two. I particularly like this pack for a movie night. Feel free to add in more personal and meaningful objects that mean something special to the two of you. (via

Chalkboard Crafts: Chalkboard paint is going to become your new best friend, Chicks. The possibilities are endless with a can of this stuff! Paint the tops of chocolate boxes, mugs, candle holders... pretty much anything you can find. Add a sweet message and voila- you're done! (via

Crayons: Have old crayons lying around? Me too. Cut them up and melt them down in a silicone tray in the oven which makes one brand new one; cool, huh? (via

Will you be giving away any valentines this year?

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on February 07, 2012  Aliza  13,979 said:

The scratch card is so cute!

on February 07, 2012  jnalliso  765 said:

Love the snow globes and tea bags!!! Great ideas!

on February 06, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

Those are all so adorable.

on February 05, 2012  missnicolemarie  1,750 said:

this is so cute, will definitely be trying some of these ideas.

I like the snow globe idea, something I can use in my activity plan for my kids at school !

on February 05, 2012  shellsbells85  3,580 said:

Adorable!!! This has given me some great ideas because I was stuck on what to make for my daughter's classmates and i think ill make the candy pencils! Thanks for posting :)

on February 05, 2012  cottencandy  826 said:

Great ideas! will definately be trying a few!

on February 05, 2012  takanikki  2,190 said:

Great ideas, I might try some of them out myself. :)

on February 05, 2012  GlamGal  2,378 said:

Aww, these are all super sweet. I love the prettiness of them all :) Happy V-day everyone <3

on February 05, 2012  spoony  6,718 said:

So many cute ideas! I especially love the paint swatch one.

on February 05, 2012  Charmheart16  3,893 said:

These are such great ideas. I'm gonna be making Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine's Day this year so I'm gonna make those brown paper bags to put them in. I also love the Candy Pencils idea.

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