53 Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts They're Sure to Love
DIY Leather Keychain
This chic-looking handmade keychain is made from leather scraps and golden hardware. We love the look of natural colors like beige and tan, but you can personalize it with metallic, colored, and even printed leather from your local crafts store.
DIY "Perfume" Bottles
Valentine's Day Love Wall String Art
String art looks complicated, but it's actually a fun project that comes together quickly (even with kids involved) and makes a great Valentine's Day gift. Paint a piece of lightweight wood your desired color. Trace a heart shape using a pencil, and stencil the outline of the LOVE or another word of your choosing. Tap thin nails along the lines of the shape and word, spacing them about 1/2 inch apart. Loop a thin yarn or string from nail to nail, across, up and down, and side to side, until you achieve the desired look.
Handmade Bouquet Wraps
DIY Envelope Clutch
A classic envelope clutch never goes out of style. We've given our DIY version a modern upgrade with colorful floral fabric and striped liner. Sew your own Valentine's Day gift for her using just three fabric rectangles and our simple step-by-step instructions.
Painted Mason Jars
Pretty pink and sparkly Mason jars make gorgeous vases for your Valentine's Day flower gift. To make, paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint. We mixed several shades of pink with white to create a range of hues. For a touch of glam, mask the top of the jar with painter's tape and cover the bottom with glitter spray paint ($7, Walmart).
Leather Grill Untensils
What's better than a sweet Valentine? A sweet treat to go with it! We have the free pattern and instructions to create this fun Cupid-inspired card for a loved one. Fill the finished cards with a small treat or trinket.
Alphabet Crayon Melts
Don't throw away your broken crayons! Simply transform them into a kid-friendly love letter that they'll use again and again. To make, start by peeling the wrappers off the crayons. Break down the crayons to make melting easier. Place the crayons in a microwave-safe container with an inch of water. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds. Use a spoon to dab the melted crayons into an alphabet candy mold. Scrape a thin spatula across the top of the mold to remove excess; let cool. Pop letters out and compose your message! See more of our favorite Valentine's Day gift ideas to get extra inspiration!
Rope "Love" Art
Express your love for your special someone with a sweet sentiment made from rope. To make, douse thick natural fiber rope in a mix of 1-1/2 cups warm water, 1 cup flour, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup crafts glue, and 1 teaspoon salt. Shape the rope into a word and a frame, laying the design on a piece of plastic wrap. Use light-gauge wire to add stability and to form tight letter shapes. The letters should harden within 24 hours. When dry, tack the lettering on the wall, attaching decorative birds or other embellishments as desired.
Editor's Tip: Write your word on the plastic wrap using a permanent marker first as a guide for the design.
DIY Valentine's Initials Pennant Flag
Showcase your love (or cheer on someone else's romance) with this DIY Valentine's initials pennant flag. Our trick for cutting perfect felt letters means you can easily personalize this handmade Valentine's Day gift.
Send a sweet message with these homemade Valentine's Day cookies. The key to creating a clear message is red food coloring. Simply dab red food color onto clean alphabet rubber stamps ($6, Michaels) and press on purchased sugar cookies. Pair a batch of these with a few of our free Valentine's Day coupons.
Sweet Biscotti Food Gift
Leather Passport Holder
Give the gift of travel this Valentine's Day. Make your special someone a thoughtful homemade gift out vintage leather; our easy instructions make it so easy to create a personalized passport holder your sweetie will love.
Homemade Bath Bombs
Know someone who's a bit stressed? Give them the gift of relaxation with a box of homemade bath bombs. Loaded with essential oils and dried flowers, these pretty bath bombs can be customized with favorite scents, colors, and flowers. Make a big batch and keep a few for yourself.
Whip up a custom lotion using essential oils! Simply add a few drops to unscented lotion for a custom blend. Package the lotion into Mason jars and tie with a sweet message!
Love Banner Cupcakes
Get your "Happy Valentine's Day" message across loud and clear. Print love notes or valentine greetings on decorative paper, and cut into narrow strips. Wrap each strip around a toothpick, and glue a tiny wood bead to the tip. Use this recipe (or try one of our other Valentine's Day cupcake recipes!) to adorn your favorite frosted cupcakes with the sweet, heartfelt messages.
All you need to make these adorable personalized mugs are permanent marker pens and plain white mugs. Write your Valentine's Day message on the mug with the marker and bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 30 minutes to set the marker. Stuff the finished mugs with your valentine's favorite treats!
Editor's Tip: Do not wait for the oven to preheat to put the mugs in. Put the mugs in the oven immediately when you set the heat and set timer for 30 minutes.
Semi-DIY Printable Gifts
These fun bubble gifts are a fast and easy Valentine's Day gift for kids—they're perfect for a classroom Valentine exchange too! Tie our free printable tags to individual bubble containers to give this quick craft a homemade touch.
Stamped Muslin Candy Bags
Gift your loved one's favorite candy in a hand-designed muslin bag ($2, Etsy). Place a piece of smooth cardstock inside a muslin bag and stamp an image onto the front. Remove the cardstock and set the bag aside to dry; fill with candy. Make the gift en masse for coworkers or as a Valentine's Day party favor.
Colorful Felt Pouch
Transform inexpensive felt into a chic pouch that's perfect for holding trinkets or small treats. To make, cut two circles of colored wool felt. Use iron-on adhesive to secure the pieces together. Using an eyelet kit and rotary punch of the same size, punch holes around circle. Use the eyelet tool to set eyelets. Cut ribbon to size, knot one end, and add a bead. Weave the ribbon in and out of the eyelets, then add another wooden bead and knot.
Framed Valentine Gift
A handmade valentine will mean a lot to your loved one, but a frame will keep it secure. Punch or cut heart shapes from different colors and patterns of cardstock, and adhere the hearts to a pink sheet of paper to create a background. Print our quote or make your own card, cut out, and attach to the backing. Frame it for a special gift for your sweetheart.
Love Quote Apron
Romantic Movie Basket
Put together a date-night-in-a-box with your valentine's favorite movie, two small bottles of champagne, and his favorite candy for the two of you to enjoy. Your thoughtfulness will make the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Bonus: Include marshmallows and roasting twigs for an evening by the fire. If you need movie inspiration, these are our favorite romantic movies for Valentine's Day.
DIY Cute Coupons
Print these sweet deals and give the gift of a promise! Whether it's a back rub or a trip to the ice cream shop is up to you.
Love Quote Wine Labels
Photo Transfer Artwork
This Valentine's Day, gift a dreamy, stylized set of wall art with our simple and elegant photo transfer project. First, print a favorite photo on an overhead transparency. Cover the surface of a canvas with a thin coat of gel medium, a clear gloss finish that can be found at your local crafts store, then place the transparency ink-side down onto the gel. Burnish it with the back of a spoon. Lift a corner to see if the image has transferred, then peel off the film completely. The resulting image will have an artsy, gritty quality. Transfer several images on different-size canvases and group them for a cool wall display.
Handmade Memory Board
This magnetic memo board is as functional as it is stylish. Simply cut decorative paper to fit inside a cookie sheet and glue it to the pan. To make the board special for Valentine's Day, add photos of you and your loved one, an antique love letter, or a handwritten poem.
DIY Canvas Tote
Perfect for anyone on-the-go, this oversize canvas and leather tote bag is roomy enough to hold everyday essentials. Customize your handmade bag with a colorful or patterned fabric liner. Make it using our easy instructions—you should be able to complete the project in an afternoon.
On-trend DIY leather vases are simple to make. Cover a simple glass bowl with leather cut using our handy template. Fill the vase with succulents or flowers for a DIY Valentine's gift they'll love long past the holiday.
Coffee Bean Meltaways
We've taken the base of classic butter mints and added rich espresso powder. These rich homemade candies are a must-make for the coffee lover in your life.
DIY Felt Finger Puppets
Burlap-Wrapped Flower Vases
Dress up your Valentine's Day flower arrangement. Fill a simple cylinder vase with pretty flowers and wrap the vase with a matching-color piece of burlap. Cut a strip of burlap wide enough to wrap around the cylinder, and line the top and bottom edges and the ends of the burlap with adhesive. Attach the burlap strip to the vase. Cover the top and bottom edges of the burlap with thin velvet ribbon, using fabric glue to secure.
Travel Magnetic Chinese Checkers Game
Valentine's Day Coupons
Sometimes a labor of love means more than cologne or roses, so give the gift of service this Valentine's Day. Use them throughout the year for a gift that keeps on giving. Our free coupon downloads can get you started.
Slip plain glassware into something more comfortable with these sweater cozies. Stretch a piece of an old sweater around a glass vase or candleholder, right side in. Pin the sweater ends together to create a snug fit, slip off the glass, and sew where pinned. Cut off the excess, then turn right side out. Use various sweater accents, such as buttons, pockets, sleeves, and ribbing, to dress up your glassware cozy.
DIY Fruit-Printed Serving Tray
Serve up a batch of Valentine's Day cocktails on this colorful fruit-printed serving tray. Customize the tray with a handmade stencil and inexpensive acrylic paint. We'll show you how to make your own in just three simple steps.
Envelope Pillow Cover
Looking for a personalized Valentine's Day gift idea? Make a DIY envelope pillow cover using a special sweatshirt. Add a sentimental touch by using a shirt featuring their favorite sports team, alma mater, or a special place.
Cute Soda Case Carrier
Make a case of your valentine's favorite soda or beer even more special with a few simple touches. Wrap a piece of embossed red scrapbook paper around the cardboard case, securing with double-stick tape. Fold another piece of cardstock to cover the handle and cut out the opening. Embellish the package with a length of narrow velvet ribbon and a stamped tag.
Library Card & Journal
Make your sweetheart feel special on Valentine's Day by giving him a unique card describing 10 reasons why you love him. Tuck a handwritten library card (our template is available, below) inside a library card pocket, stamp the pocket with a pretty image, and attach it to a nice journal to complete the gift.
Dress up a simple picture frame with colorful candy hearts for a sweet Valentine gift idea. Cut out a cardboard circle to fit on top of a square frame. Adhere hearts as shown, then glue the cardboard to the frame. Pair with a favorite photo of you and your loved one for a gift you both will cherish.
Special Delivery Candy Box
Personalize a small candy box to make a special gift. Cut a square of decorative paper large enough to cover the box lid and sides; cut diagonal slits in the corners. Glue paper to the lid and fold the paper edges down, lining up the corners and trimming any excess if necessary. Download the Special Delivery pattern and print onto cardstock. Cut out and attach to the box lid with glue or double-stick tape.
DIY Florist Bow
Add a handmade touch to that grocery store bouquet! Make a simple DIY florist bow and tie it on to your bouquet just before gifting. Customize your bow with your favorite colors and patterns.
Gumdrop Candy Jar
Nothing says "Valentine's Day" like a sweet treat. Stack assorted gumdrops on a toothpick and stick inside a small mason jar. Decorate the mason jar with your choice of ribbon. These adorable Valentine's Day gifts are perfect for when you're looking to give out multiple valentines because they're easy and require minimal supplies.
Say it with something sweet! Let your loved ones know just how much you love them this Valentine's Day with these adorable chocolate compliments. To create, simply write sweet messages on patterned paper and wrap around mini chocolates. Secure each with tape and place in a jar.
Love someone who is into the craft cocktail scene? This bar tool is a must for them. One French rolling pin makes two DIY drink muddlers. Beet juice gives them the rosy hue.
I Love You Valentine's Day Cube
Get kids into the Valentine's Day handcrafting spirit with love-you cubes they help create. Have them select images of favorite memories, places, or a similar theme. Apply to photo cubes with handwritten sentiments.
Wooden Peg Jump Game
Give the gift of a few laughs with this nostalgic DIY peg game. The neon color-scheme is a modern update, but it's still the classic game you know and love. We'll show you the simple woodworking skills it takes to create.