Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. This year, do yourself a favor and save yourself the stress of waiting until the last minute to get your gifts together. You don't have to spend a lot of money or time on a gift to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you. They say it's the thought that counts, and giving a gift that you made yourself is the ultimate sign that you put a lot of thought into it.
Valentine's Day isn't only for romantic date nights and showing affection to your significant other. Anyone who makes an impact on your daily life deserves a token of your appreciation. A small gift can go a long way in making someone feel loved and appreciated.
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Whether you need a gift for your significant other, your mother or your closest friends, we have a project for everyone to make this the best Valentine's Day ever. From edible underwear to custom photo tile coasters, here are 20 simple and sweet DIY Valentine's Day gifts that anyone can make.
1. Fruit Bouquet
Surprise your valentine with a flower arrangement that looks good enough to eat. This fruit bouquet might look ultra impressive, but there's one secret weapon behind it all — cookie cutters! Your stash of cookie cutters will make it easy to create these professional-looking blooms in no time. Be sure to add a few chocolate-dipped strawberries to satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth. Hopefully, you loved making this because it's easily going to become the new favorite variety of flowers.
2. Boxed Flowers
Create an eye-catching centerpiece for your Valentine's Day get-together with this easy tutorial. All your friends will swear you purchased these chic boxed flowers from an expensive florist, but they'll all be shocked when you tell them you DIYed it yourself with a recycled candy box. A piece of floral foam soaked in water keeps the roses hydrated, which means you'll be able to enjoy the centerpiece for a few days even after the holiday is over.
3. DIY Felt Flower Bouquet
You can make sure your loved ones have beautiful flowers to look at all year long with a bouquet of felt flowers. This is a great DIY project to do with a group of friends, so call your besties and host a craft night. Put each person in charge of bringing one of the supplies, and you'll all only have to drag out the supplies and clean up once. All you'll need to make these beautiful buds is felt, wire and a hot glue gun. Place the finished flowers in a Mason jar vase for rustic charm and spritz them with perfume for a hint of fragrance.
4. Sweetheart Soap
This DIY gift is one so sweet you'll want to make sure you make a few to keep for yourself. Whip up a batch of sweetheart soaps decorated in classic conversation heart style and give them to all your pals. Use a heart-shaped mold to make sure each one is perfect. No candy heart is complete without a message on top. Use a nail to carve out the letters and color it in with a few drops of red soap dye. Once everything is set, package a few soaps in cellophane along with a simple DIY Valentine's Day card and you're all set.
5. Edible Underwear
Take date night to the next level with a pair of edible underwear. Made from strips of Fruit Rollups, this is one last-minute gift no one will ever complain about. Use a pair of your own underwear as a pattern so you know the candy ones will fit perfectly. Choose a skimpier variety of underwear to keep things spicy and to save on the Fruit Rollups. Don't forget the licorice for the ties on each side. This is one extra-special gift your valentine will never forget.
6. Love Potion Massage Oil
This is one Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving. Mix together easy-to-find ingredients, like almond oil for the base and your favorite essential oils for fragrance, like sage, ylang ylang and rose, to create a moisturizing and sensual love potion massage oil. Funnel the completed oil into a glass bottle and add a printable label to finish it off. Just make sure the recipient knows that the rule is you get one massage for every one you give. This is definitely a win-win as far as gifts goes.
7. DIY Carved Wood Sign
Create an everlasting testament of your love with a custom carved wood sign. Take a quick trip to the craft store for a wood circle plaque and a wood-burning tool and get to work. Practice using the wood-burning tool on a scrap piece of wood first so you can get a feel for the right speed and pressure to use. Remember that this is supposed to mimic the look of carving a love note on a tree with a pocket knife, so nothing is supposed to look super clean or perfect. Once you feel confident, lightly draw your design on the wood plaque with pencil. This is one Valentine's Day craft that thrives in rustic imperfection, so there's really no way to mess it up.
8. Decorative Floral Rain Boots
Add a bit of whimsy to your front porch steps for Valentine's Day and make your rain boots work double duty by using them as fun flower holders. This will keep your rain boots from taking up precious space in your closet, and you'll get a cute decoration out of it. This works best with silk flowers, although you could use real ones if you only need them for the day since you won't be able to keep them hydrated. Either way, before you insert the flowers, you'll need to use something (like a 2-pound dumbbell or a few rocks) to weigh down the boots so they don't tip over. If the boots still aren't keeping their shape, grab a piece of posterboard and create your own boot trees that will keep them firmly upright.
9. Rose Pillow
Get your place ready for V-Day with this adorable rose pillow. If you use an accent pillow you already have, then this is also a no-sew project. If you don't have a pillow to use, you can easily create a plain one in no time with a few straight stitches. For the roses, just cut long spirals out of red felt and roll up the long strands into something that resembles a rose. Arrange the roses into a heart shape on the front of the throw pillow and hot glue each one in place.
10. DIY Floating Floral Soaps
Glam up your bathroom counter for V-Day with a DIY floating floral soap dispenser. Add a few silk flowers to an empty plain soap dispenser. Don't worry if the opening to the soap dispenser looks too small because the flowers will fluff up once they're inside. Once you have the flowers arranged to your liking, just pour clear hand-washing soap on top. You can even take it a step further and add a strand of inexpensive craft store pearls to the dispenser. Since the pearls will sink inside the soap, string them onto a strand of floral wire to make them look like they're floating.
11. Lotion Bars
The harsh winter months have everyone's skin feeling dry and dull. These lotion bars will come to the rescue and make great gifts for all your friends. The combination of simple ingredients, like beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter, will keep its shape and stay solid at room temperature but will begin to melt upon contact with your skin. Glide the lotion bar across your skin and gently rub in the extra. Use a decorative mold (Amazon has plenty of options) for a pretty presentation.
12. Tile Photo Coasters
Turn your favorite pictures of yourself and your loved ones into functional works of art. These tile photo coasters will help you get all those photos off your phone and put on display. They are pretty easy to make too. Just make sure you have a well-ventilated area in which to work since you will be using some chemicals. Add your printed photos to ceramic tiles with decoupage medium and seal them with a layer of polymer resin. Then, use a glue gun to add a square of cork board to the back of each one for a completed look. Tie a stack of coasters with a ribbon and you're ready to deliver the perfect gift.
13. Floral Bath Salts
Everyone loves relaxing in the bathtub after a long day. You can make that experience even better with a custom blend of floral bath salts. Your loved ones will feel like they're at a swanky spa and not in their own bathroom once they submerge themselves in the mix of pink Himalayan salt, dried roses and essential oils. Package the bath salts in a cute glass jar with a wooden spoon and a note on how to use them.
14. Photo Backdrop
If you're hosting this year's Galentine's Day party for all your friends, you're definitely going to need a cute photo backdrop for all those selfies and groups shots. Use colored cardstock to make oversize roses. The good thing about making flowers that are so big is that you don't have to make that many to cover a good-size portion of your wall. Glue the finished roses to a large piece of foam board to avoid damaging your wall and to make it easier to transport. Now, smile and say cheese!
15. DIY Nail Polish Marbled Mugs
Give the coffee lover in your life a cool new mug for drinking morning brew. These DIY marbled mugs may look like they came from a high-end shop, but they're actually made using bottles of nail polish. Pour colorful nail polish in a bucket of water and quickly dip the plain porcelain mugs in the paint and pull them out for a unique pattern every time. These mugs will not be microwavable or dishwasher-safe, though, so it's best to gently hand-wash them to make sure they last for years to come.
16. Wooden Photo Puzzle
A great gift for family members young and old alike is a wooden photo puzzle. Use special temporary tattoo paper, which can be found at most craft stores (or on Amazon), to turn a treasured photo into a fun game. This is perfect for long-distance family members or friends who have moved far away. Now, they'll think of you each time they play with this puzzle. Carefully use an Exacto knife to separate the blocks after applying the photo. Finish it off with a piece of decorative ribbon and a personalized note and you have a gift that really says "I love you."
17. DIY Heart-Shaped Hand Warmer
Give the gift of warmth this Valentine's Day with a heart-shaped hand warmer. If you know how to knit, this will be a simple project, and if you're new to knitting, this is the perfect practice project since it's pretty small. Fill the completed heart with rice and knit it shut. Include directions to microwave it for 30 seconds and it will keep fingers warm for up to 15 minutes.
18. Floral Embroidered Jeans
Turn a plain pair of jeans into something extra special for date night this Valentine's Day. These floral embroidered jeans will turn heads and have everyone asking you where you bought them. Don't worry — you don't need to know how to embroider to make these killer jeans. All you need is embroidered fabric, iron-on adhesive and a needle and thread.
Add iron-on adhesive to a piece of embroidered fabric and cut out your favorite parts, trimming away any extra fabric. Then, arrange the embroidered cutouts in a design on your jeans. Once you're happy with the placement, pin the pieces in place and secure with a few stitches.
19. Decorative Floral Birdcage
Dress up your entryway just in time for Valentine's Day with a decorative floral birdcage. Use a small wire birdcage and stuff it full of various artificial flowers and vines to create a rustic, overflowing look. Don't be afraid to add the vines on the outside of the birdcage too. You can even add a faux bird to finish it off. This is one decoration you will have a hard time parting with when the holiday is over, so it's a good thing you'll be able to display it all spring.
20. Teacup Floral Arrangement
Create a delightful and unique centerpiece for your upcoming Valentine's Day brunch with a teacup floral arrangement. Arrange different petite flowers inside the teacups and add lukewarm water to keep the flowers looking fresh all afternoon. If you prefer that the flowers sit higher than the rim of the teacup, you can add a small piece of floral foam for support.