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Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts to Make in the Name of Love

Written by Jordan Nishkian | February 7, 2021

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s the time for conversation candies, long-stemmed roses and, of course, showing that special someone how you feel. And while there are plenty of opportunities and sales to save on gifts for your boo, there’s nothing more heartfelt (and budget-friendly) than a handmade gift. Whether you’re experienced with handmade presents or not, we’ve rounded up five Valentine’s Day DIY projects that are sure to impress your sweetheart (without breaking the bank).

Give Them a Picture-Perfect Present

Difficulty Level: 3/5
Time: 1+ day

Rustic, personal and incredibly sweet: now you can easily customize any wooden box with your favorite photo. Whether you plan on making them a small jewelry box or a larger keepsake box for collecting cards and photographs, this craft is sure to impress your Valentine!

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. Size your photo to make sure it will fit how you want it to on the box. Lay down some wax paper or a silicone craft mat to protect your work surface.
  2. Apply a generous, even layer of the Transfer Medium onto the photograph with your foam brush until the image is obscured (pay attention to your edges and corners).
  3. Place the photo image-side down onto the box lid and smooth out all the air bubbles. You can use the brayer, a glass bottle, your fingers or even a rolling pin. Be sure to have your damp rag close by: once the transfer medium is dry, it’s tricky to remove, so you’ll need to clean it up if it gets anywhere you don’t want it to be.
  4. Set aside and let dry for 24 hours. You can expedite this process with a craft heat tool or a hairdryer.
  5. Once dry, place a very damp cloth on the photo and let it sit for a few minutes. Start gently rubbing away at the paper until all the paper is gone and the image is revealed. You can wet the paper and repeat the rubbing process as needed. Be patient—it’s better to work gently and repeat rather than scrubbing the image away.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with the image, make sure all the pieces of paper are clear from the surface.
  7. Seal the image with a coat or two of Matte Mod Podge.
  8. Decorate the rest of the box as you wish!

A Paper Bouquet Made to Last a Lifetime

Difficulty Level: 4/5
Time: 1 day

Roses are red, violets are blue; your sweetheart would love a paper bouquet from you! Flowers are a Valentine’s Day staple, but it’s never fun to see dry, drooping petals after a few days. Thankfully, Handmade By Sara Kim has a whole series of easy-to-follow videos on how to create a timeless, completely personalized bouquet that will last forever! Turn to Paper Mart (find deals here) and Amazon to shop for most of the needed supplies below.

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. Select which flowers you would like to appear in your bouquet. It could be a full bouquet of roses or you can show your artistic side by making a stunning Valentine’s Day arrangement.
  2. Fold and cut your cardstock according to Sara’s instructions in her videos to create petals, leaves, and the centers of the flowers.
  3. Using the hot glue gun, glue the individual pieces to the floral stem wires to build the individual flowers.
  4. Once each flower has been assembled, use the floral stem tape to wrap around each wire and give it a finished look.
  5. Arrange your bouquet to achieve your desired look, then wrap it with folded sheets of tissue paper and secure with ribbon to give it a polished presentation (Sara also has posted a how-to video on bouquet wraps here).

Create Some String Art From the Heart

Difficulty Level: 2/5
Time: 1 day

While there are tons of variations you can make with string art, a heart-shaped design makes a simple, beautiful gift that can add a loving accent to any room. Although this method calls for a Mason board, it can be created on plywood or particle board, which can be easily found at Lowe's along with the rest of the needed supplies.

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. Paint your Mason board with your foam brush until smooth and even. Let your paint dry according to the paint’s instructions.
  2. Create your stencil by folding your craft paper in half and drawing half a heart, with both ends meeting at the crease. Cut out this half-heart shape to reveal a symmetrical heart-shaped hole in the middle of your paper.
  3. Once your paint has dried, place your paper stencil onto the board. Lightly trace the heart with a pencil.
  4. Hammer nails into your traced heart pattern. Be sure to place them about one inch apart from each other so the shape remains clear, and also be careful not to push the nails through the board.
  5. Once you’ve completed the outline, securely knot your string to one nail and begin wrapping the thread across the heart shape and around the other nails, pulling taut as you go.
  6. You will need to wrap at least two or three layers of overlapping string to make the heart really stand out, so have patience and pay attention to which areas need more coverage.
  7. To complete the wrapping process, simply double-knot the string onto any nail and trim the end!

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Socks, Sweater, Pants or Shirt

Difficulty Level: 1/5
Time: 20 minutes

This faux cross stitch design is a perfectly sweet detail to add a little love to any article of clothing. While the photos and instructions call for a pair of socks, don’t be afraid to branch out and try it on a sweater or a t-shirt!

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. Insert one piece of cardboard into each sock to create an even surface for you to work on.
  2. With whichever paint you like, begin your design by creating an X in the center. This will be the lowest X in your design.
  3. Working your way up, and with whichever color paint you want, create one row of three X’s above that, then one row of five, and two rows of seven. You should have an inverted pyramid.
  4. Complete the heart shape by adding two small pyramids to the top of the inverted pyramid.
  5. Repeat this pattern on the other sock.
  6. Set aside to let dry, and do not remove the cardboard until the paint is completely dry.

No Need to Be Cold-Hearted to Make This Faux Frosted Glass

Difficulty Level: 3/5
Time: 1 day

This DIY frosted vase is perfect for any room and any occasion. No matter your significant other’s favorite color palette or style, this technique can be applied to any color paint, vases of any shape and size or even different glass items (like wine glasses or glass plates).

Pro tip: Take advantage of stickers shaped as hearts and letters to make a romantic message! You can buy most of the required supplies at Walmart. Find additional savings here.

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. Begin by cleaning the glass with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or paper towel and let dry.
  2. Use the tape and stickers to create a design you’d like to block out from the paint. Be sure to press out any air bubbles.
  3. Using your foam brush, create up-and-down strokes with your frosted paint until your desired areas are covered.
  4. Let the first coat dry for two hours before painting on a second coat.
  5. Let the paint dry overnight before removing the tape and stickers from the glass.
  6. To cure the paint, follow your paint’s instructions.

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