35+ Easy Homemade Valentine's Day Crafts
Surprise-Inside Valentine's Day Cards
Play cupid with these colorful Valentine's Day cards. This heart-shape paper craft makes the perfect package for gifting small toys or candies.
Valentine's Day Owl Bag
This foxy card starts with two paper hearts. Because it only requires cutting and gluing, this DIY Valentine is a great craft for kids. To make: Simply cut a large red heart and a small white heart from cardstock. Glue them together to form the face. Add paper ears and a patterned tail. Finish with black pom-poms ($4, Oriental Trading) on the face and add a sweet note.
Cute Candy Holders
Pretty Pencil Coloring Cards
These free printable Valentine's Day cards are made to slide over a decorative pencil. All you have to do is add a little color to the cards—or, pair with Valentine's Day-theme colored pencils ($3 for a pack of 16, Target) and let the recipient fill in the shapes! Our collection of free Valentine's Day printables will keep little ones busy during Valentine's Day festivities.
Painted Mason Jars
If you're giving flowers on Valentine's Day, add a simple vase to the gift. All you need to do to make these mason jar vases is paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint (or one coat, if you want it to be a bit translucent). We mixed white paint with different shades of pink to create a variety of color pairings. For a touch of glam, cover the top of the jar with painter's tape before you paint to leave it clean and untouched. You can also cover the bottom with glitter spray paint.
Crazy Straw Valentines
Turn a pack of heart-shaped crazy straws ($6, Oriental Trading ) into a set of sippable valentines with our free printable tags. The only DIY you need to do is hole punch the top and bottom of the tag, then slide the straw through. Pair with a favorite drink or a Valentine's Day drink recipe. If you're giving these out as classroom cards, be sure to write on the back of the tags before you thread the straw through.
Fox Valentine's Day Treat Bag
Valentine's Day Love Wall String Art
Don't fear the string art. It looks complicated, but it's actually not. This fun Valentine's Day decor project comes together quickly (even if you do it with kids). Choose lightweight wood as your base and paint or stain your color of choice. Trace a heart shape using a pencil, and stencil the outline of the LOVE or another word. Tap in nails along the lines of the shape and word you want; we spaced ours 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. Be careful not to cross the letters!
Coloring Page Treat Bags
Heart-Shape Decorative Wreath
Lightweight hearts punched from colored vellum and decorative paper combine in a sweet Valentine's Day wreath. Use punches (available at crafts stores) to cut the heart shapes from different lightweight materials. To give the hearts a 3-D effect, curl them by scraping the paper between your thumb and a butter knife like you would curl ribbon. Glue the hearts onto a round wreath cut from cardstock (this keeps the decoration lightweight). Hang the wreath with ribbon.
Stitched Cactus Card
Paper Airplane Coloring Cards
Valentine's Day Banner
Whether you're decorating the big day or looking for a simple kids craft, make this easy Valentine's Day banner. All you have to do is cut X, O,x and heart shapes from cardstock (we seriously love that glitter paper!) and use a hole punch and string to create the banner.
Sweet Biscotti Food Gift
Valentine's Day is the day to treat your Valentine (and yourself) to a sweet treat. In this gift, the treat is given twice, once to eat, and as a recipe to make again and again! Print our recipe onto a parchment paper bag ($4 for 10, Sur la Table), and fill it with one of our baked desserts for Valentine's Day to give to a friend or coworker.
Felt Heart Gift Topper
Wrap your Valentine's Day gift with extra flair. A pair of hand-sewn felt hearts makes a gorgeous gift topper and doubles as a keepsake ornament.
Stitched XO Card
A few simple cutouts make this impressive layered card. We recommend gluing the letters to a background piece of cardstock for more stability before adding the hand-stitched knot embellishments. Glue the whole piece to another piece of paper to hide the stitching.
Valentine's Day Banners
Make a unique Valentine's Day decoration without spending hours crafting. You can make these fun Valentine's Day banners from supplies you have at home! One banner is made with ribbon and playing cards (hearts only, of course). The other uses paper doilies ($2 for 30, Walmart) cut and twisted into X and O shapes. If you don't have doilies, try white coffee filters ($2, Target).
Paper Heart Decoration
Cover a wall with these gorgeous paper heart decorations. Simply fold colorful strips of paper into a heart and glue the sides together. Hang them from colorful ribbon for an easy Valentine's Day decoration in no time.
Hanging Succulent Heart Planter
This Valentine's Day say it with succulents and a handmade heart planter. This heart craft for adults can be made in an afternoon and makes a unique Valentine's Day gift.
Love Silhouette Valentine's Day Card
The focus is on love with this simple silhouette card. Fold a piece of white cardstock in half. Cut a heart template from scrap paper and lightly tape it to the front of the card. (Don't press down on the heart, because you'll want to remove it later.) Mist the front of the card with spray paint; remove the template. Let the card dry. Write "love" in cursive across the heart silhouette with a red paint pen ($2, Walmart).
I Soda Think You're Cute Printable
Stamped Muslin Candy Bags
Give your loved one their favorite treat in a personalized muslin bag! You can stamp or paint any image onto the front of the bags, and as long as you put a piece of cardstock in the bag before you begin, it won't bleed through. Remove the cardstock and let dry before you fill it with candy. This is a great gift to make en masse for the office or for a Valentine's Day party.
Fruit Coloring Tags
These fun and free printable Valentine's Day cards are all fruit-themed. Give with fruit (or fruit-flavored treats) that match the card. All you need to do is color, cut, and attach with a bit of ribbon or red baker's twine ($4, Oriental Trading). These make great non-candy valentines for classroom exchanges.
Paper Heart Garland
Easily craft this paper heart garland for a quick Valentine's Day decoration. Trace and cut out seven hearts from different colors of cardstock or scrapbook paper. Punch two holes about 1 inch apart in the center of each heart. Thread a festive ribbon through the hearts and hang from a mantel or mirror.
This sweet Valentine's Day gift combines baking with crafting. The way to add these sweet messages to your sugar cookies is surprisingly simple: use food dye as ink and regular stamps! To make this project even easier, skip the cooling time and purchase sugar cookies instead of making your own.