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15 DIY Valentine Gift Ideas

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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Tic-Tac-Toe Game

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. Also, with your help, your child could make these games as gifts for their friends. For a complete list of instructions, visit Magnolia Market.

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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. Get directions on how to make these cute tackle boxes here.

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Heart Mugs

Your loved ones will think of you every time they drink out of their new glitter heart coffee mugs. You can find inexpensive simple white mugs at a dollar store that will make a great gift when decorated. For instructions, click here.

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string art heartPhoto: Courtesy of A Wood Life

String Art

This simple DIY project 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 instructions, visit A Wood Life.

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Beer Holder

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.

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Heart Ornament

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.

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Gift Basket

Themed 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. You can even make the basket with old window blinds!

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Give some customized magnets this Valentine’s Day! You’ll need some gemstones from the craft store, scrapbook paper and magnetic tape strips for this inexpensive gift. For a full list of instructions, click here.

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Places-We’ve-Been Art

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 jpaper and finish it off with a picture frame. Visit lil bit for complete instructions.

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52 reasons I love you valentine gift deck of cardsPhoto: Courtesy of Odyssey

52 Reasons

Grab and 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.

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Heart Charms

Have a jewelry lover on your list? These clay heart charms are not only fun to make, but they are a great Valentine’s Day gift, too. You’ll need some polymer clay (available at craft stores) and some basic kitchen tools. Learn how to make them here.

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succulents valentine roses heart shapedPhoto: Courtesy of Southern Lady Magazine


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 the instructions here.

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Heart Tree

Trees aren’t just for Christmas! Create a DIY Valentine heart tree with a Mason jar, paint and some twigs. See a video of a tree being made here.

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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. For instructions and step-by-step photos, visit Colour Her {Hope}.

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Button Art

GAther up or buy pink, red and white buttons and create some DIY artwork. Use hot glue to attach buttons to a canvas that has been covered with burlap or another simple fabric. Follow these tips to complete the project.

Rachel Brougham
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