Valentine’s is coming and you want to say you care without breaking the bank! These are some great DIY ideas that ANYONE can put together!
1. The Man Bucket
Filling the Love Bucket with items that your Man loves makes it extra special. The ideas are endless, but here is what I used…
Valentine’s Day Love Bucket for your Man
- Plastic crate – found in housewares for about $1 at Walmart
- Hammer made by Stanley
- Screwdrivers made by Stanley
- Measuring tape made by Stanley
- John Wayne Movie from the $5 bin at Walmart
- Boxes of candy
- Slim Jim Beef Sticks
- Vitamin Water – you could also put in his favorite bottle of beer or soda
- Gatorade Energy Chews
- Peanuts in the shell
- A handful of Hershey’s Kisses
2. I Love You S’more Jar
This is super easy and works as a great family gift.
Here is how you put it together:
- I laid out Hersey’s Milk Chocolate Treasures (In Valentine’s Day wrappers) in the bottom of a 32 oz canning jar.
- I added gram crackers to create the 4 sides and placed marshmallows in the center
- I put marshmallows on top. The marshmallows used are Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo HeartMallows.
- Finally, I added a tag. It can say “Valentine S’mores in a Jar” or “I Love You S’more”.
3. Root Beer & BBQ Gift Basket
This kit is perfect for your favorite grill master! It is kind of like a manly picnic basket! Everything was purchased at World Market but there are plenty of places with great options.
This Kit Includes:
- A Variety of different Rootbeers
- A Chili Con Queso Dip
- A Variety of Chips
- Highly Recommended Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce
- 2 Small Cast Iron Skillets
4. Heart Button Picture
This is a cute project even kids can help with.
All you need:
- Blank White Canvas
- Black Paint
- Red Burlap
- Painter’s Tape
- Red Paint or Vinyl (Optional)
- Buttons (If you can’t find all red buttons you can spray paint ones you do find)
- Hot Glue
- Tape off horizontal stripes on the canvas (You will probably want to tape the bottom so it will stay white, that way you can write your saying on it)
- Paint the exposed stripes black, then take off the tape immediately when you are done painting.
- If your buttons are not red spread them out and spray paint them. (You may want to do this anyway to get the same color red)
- On the burlap, I traced a heart & cut. Now it’s time to glue on the buttons. My suggestion is apply a line of glue on your burlap, and add a bunch of buttons at once. It goes much more quickly that way. I would also suggest going around the heart with the buttons, then working your way in.
- Once you have everything placed you can take a hot glue gun and attach your heart to the canvas.
- Then, either use a stencil, vinyl or free hand your message. It can say ME + YOU, WE LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU or anything you would like to say.
5. Football Gift Basket
This basket can be a mixture of items for staying in and watching the game, or heading out to catch the action in person.
Here are some ideas of what to include:
- Cooler to hold everything
- Favorite team t-shirt or hat
- Foam finger
- Mini football
- Tickets to a game
- Also you can pick up football plates, napkins, and cups. They would be great to serve chicken wings and pretzel bites on during your football fun.
6. DIY Heart String
We got so many compliments on this giant string heart and it’s pretty easy to make one of these yourself!
Here is what you will need:
- Piece of wood – the bigger the more dramatic!
- String – we used the pink neon thin rope you can find at Home Depot, but you could use any yarn or string
- Box of nails (if want a nail with a decent head so the string won’t pop off)
- Spray paint to paint the wood
- White paper to draw the heart on
- Spray paint the wood the background color you picked. We used dark gray, so the pink would really pop
- Once the paint is dry, tape the wood with the white paper and draw the heart shape on the paper
- Time to get the hammer out! Nail around the entire outline of the heart – we spaced our nails about an inch apart.
- Once all your nails are in. Remove the white paper and throw it away.
- Now the fun part. Get your string and tie a knot around the head of one of the nails. Keep stringing the string around nails. There isn’t a right or wrong way – just keep going until you like the pattern you created. I also then outlined the entire heart to make the outline pop a bit more also.
7. Sock Bouquet
Here’s what you need:
- safety pins
- wooden dowels or skewers
- a vase
- a ribbon
1. Start by laying your sock out flat (see the pictures below for a visual) and: 1. Fold the end up. 2. Start rolling, keeping it tight on one end and loose on the other 3. When you get to the bend of the sock, fold it over as shown, to make it straight 4. Keep rolling 5. Fold again as needed, to keep things straight (the folds just make your flower fuller) 6. Voila!
2. When you’ve created your flower, grab a safety pin to secure it and push the dowel or skewer into the bottom of the flower, to make your stem.
4. When you’ve completed all of your sock flowers, arrange them in a vase & tie a ribbon around it:
8. Bath Bombs
What you will need:
- 1 Cups Citric Acid
- 2 Cups Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch
- 1 oz shea butter or coconut butter (melted)
- 5-6 drops Essential Oil of Choice
- 1-2 Drops Red Food Coloring (optional)
- Spray bottle of Witch Hazel
- *If you have a manicure, wear gloves, or use a fork during the mixing process.
- In a mixing bowl combine cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda, being sure to remove all lumps.
- Add in Red food coloring, melted butter and essential oil and continue to mix.
- Using your spray bottle, spray the mixture 2-3 times and mix, slowly adding more witch hazel until the mixture holds it shaped when pressed together.
- Press into silicone molds, making sure to compact them tightly. I used the Wilton 2 Easy Flex Heart 24-Cavity Silicone Mold.
- Allow to dry in silicon molds for 12 hours. Once 12 hours is up, remove from molds, and allow to dry an additional 24 hours for a nice hard bath bomb.
- Print out the DIY Valentine Bath Bombs printable, cut out and tape on top of a short Mason jar lid. You can also print it out on sticker paper.
- Give to your Valentine!
9. DIY Heart Coasters
What you will need:
- Wood log (the bottom of my Christmas tree, smells sooo good)
- Miter saw
- Sand paper
- Polyurethane Clear Gloss
- Heart stencil (or your awesome freehand ability, of which I have none)
- Paint- two colors, one for heart, one for initials
- Cut wood log into approximately 2 inch slices using a miter saw. (The log you see below broke when my husband tried another saw, so stick with the miter 😉
- Sand each coaster a bit to remove rough sides (do not sand side). Apply one layer of clear gloss polyurethane.
- Once dry, grab your stencil heart and paint.
- Let dry and write you and your love’s initials.
- Let dry and apply another layer of gloss polyurethane to seal.
- These are perfect little coasters for a Valentine’s Day gift but I also think they make a great DIY wedding favor or wedding decor.
10. Strawberry Nutella Pop tarts
What you will need:
- 1 Egg yolk
- 1 Teaspoon water
- 1 Package refrigerated pie crust
- 6 Heaping teaspoons Nutella
- 6 Heaping teaspoons strawberry jelly
- 2 Large strawberries, sliced lengthwise and carved into hearts
- Coarse sugar (or granulated sugar)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water. Set aside.
- Roll out pie crust till it’s pretty thin (about 1/16th of an inch thick). Cut into 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles, re-rolling the dough as needed. You should end up with 12 rectangles.
- Take 6 of the rectangles and cut out a heart in the center, using the strawberries carved into hearts as a guide. Set aside.
- On each of the 6 remaining rectangles, spread 1 heaping teaspoon of Nutella, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Then top the Nutella with a layer of strawberry jam, again making sure to leave a 1/2 inch border.
- Place a strawberry carved heart on top of the strawberry jam layer, in the center of the rectangle. Top with the pie dough with the heart carved out of the center.
- Seal the edges with the prongs of a fork and brush with egg wash mixture. Sprinkle heavily with coarse sugar.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes and then serve!
11. Valentine’s Day Beer Labels
I have decided I am going to purchase a 6 pack of unique beers for him and put these labels on them for Valentine’s Day.
Here is how I made these:
- Cut pieces of Card stock into an appropriate size for labels.
- Made up some clever beer slogans and printed them out also on card stock.
- Decorated each label with Puffy Paint, stickers and craft foam
For more close up pictures CLICK HERE!
12. Pallet Love Sign
Here is what you needs:
- Pieces of wood
- Acrylic Paint
- Martha Stewart Crafts Tin table Antique Effect
- Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Acrylic Paint in Wedding Cake
- Vinyl or Paint (For Saying)
- Modge Podge
- Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Finish
- Nail the boards together making sure to brace both sides on the back. You don’t want your hard work to fall apart later!
- Paint a light layer of paint on the wood. I used a gray acrylic paint that I picked up from Michael’s for $0.50. Nice and cheap.
- Using Martha Stewart Crafts Tin table Antique Effect and Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Acrylic Paint in Wedding Cake, create a healthy dose of the mixture and cover the boards liberally. Let dry.
- Apply vinyl or paint your quote onto the boards.
- Apply a good thick coating of Matte Modge Podge over the entire front of the project. This will seal everything down.
- Apply two generous coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Finish.
13. You Complete Me Pillows
What you will need:
- Two pillowcases (light colors will work best)
- Iron-on Transfer Paper for light colored fabrics. (t-shirt transfer paper). Be sure that it is the correct type for your color printer. You will need two sheets.
- Color printer
- Iron (no steam)
Option 1 – REVERSED TEXT: Free Printable Valentine Iron-on Transfer
Option 2 – FORWARD-FACING TEXT: Free Printable Valentine Iron-on Transfer
- Print the desired PDF onto transfer paper. Cut out carefully around the text, leaving the letters attached with a small amount of the transfer paper (see image one for how I did it). Be careful not to scratch the surface of your transfer paper while working. Note: the text (file option I) will print backwards. It will read correctly when applied to your pillowcases.
- Lay your pillowcases out on a flat surface and line the words and letters up on your pillowcases with the paper-backing facing up (be sure that both sides of your text will line up to read correctly once the pillows are in use). To give yourself an easy guide for lining up the two sections of text simply fold pillowcases in half lengthwise and insert a pin to mark where the center is.
- A trick for ensuring that your text is straight before ironing, is to fold the lower half of your pillowcase up to the center (where you inserted the pin). The bottom edge is now a nice straight guideline for you to arrange your words along. I arranged my letters approximately 2 inches away from the outside edge so that when the pillowcase was stuffed the text would still be visible. Once everything is straight iron your text following directions for use found inside your iron-on transfer paper packaging.
- Allow design to cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing the paper backing. For optimum usability and softness, wash before use.
14. Heart Blanket
What you will need:
- Throw blanket (we picked up a simple blanket at Target)
- Martha Stewart All Surface Paint
1. Begin by cutting out various shaped hearts. We made three sizes to create a gradient design.
2. Add corks to the back to make a handle for the stamps.
3. Begin adding layers of paint to the hearts and stamping them onto the blanket.
4. Continue stamping until you have a pretty pattern! We did a fun pattern of large, medium, and small hearts. Touch up any spots with a paintbrush.
15. I Love You Towel
Give your favorite cook or foodie kitchen towels that’ll remind them how much you care.
What you will need:
- Craft paint in colors of your choice (towels shown embrace the gold and bright pink trend with a bit of black)
- Letter stencils
- Stencil pouncer (the one pictured is from a set of 6 or 7 different sizes) or Styrofoam headed paintbrush
- Double-sided tape
- Plain white kitchen towels made of cotton or linen (not terry cloth or textured; the ones pictured are from a four pack of white flour sack towels from Target, just $3,99)
- Polka dot stencil and painters tape (optional).
1. Wash and dry your towels, then press to make sure they’re nice and flat. Lay out your towel, make sure to put either newspaper, cardboard, or some other protective surface behind it as the paint will likely bleed through.
2. Take your letter stencils and arrange them on your towel as desired. Once they’re where you want them, secure in the corners with double sided tape, so they won’t move as you add your paint. Emily created her heart stencil by folding a piece of heavy paper in half and cutting the shape.
3. Load your stencil pouncer or brush with paint. Dab some of the paint off on a piece of cardboard so you don’t have too much. Begin to dab the pouncer or brush over your stencil. Be careful to not go over the edges, keeping your color inside the letters. Continue to fill in carefully until you have nice solid color. You can also let the first coat dry and add another for more saturated hues.
4. Once paint is dry carefully remove your stencil. Wash again on the delicate setting, without other clothes or items, then re-press.
You’re finished! I decided to create a complimentary towel with a polka dot pattern on it. To do the same, follow steps one and two. Then load the pouncer with paint and stamped it directly onto the towel to create my polka dot pattern. Polka dots not your thing? How about a fun stripe pattern? Use painters tape to create stripes. Follow all the steps, applying the paint between your tape strips.
16. Heart Shaped Wreath
What you will need:
- Large piece of cardboard (you do save your large amazon boxes, don’t you?!)
- Utility knife
- Medium glass or plastic round container for dye-bath
- Screwdriver (preferably Phillips head)
- Longnose or Needlenose pliers
- A package of 8-12 cup basket-style coffee filters (I had a package of 200 but still have plenty leftover)
- Small amount of red poster paint (or red water color)
- Medium or large craft brush
- Yarn or ribbon for hanging
- Strong tape
1. First, prepare your dye-bath: Fill your container with cold water only about 1″ deep. Dip your brush in red paint and then rinse it in dye-bath water. Place a small batch of coffee filters into your dye-bath as shown below and remove immediately.
2. Load wet brush with small amount of paint and slightly touch-up the edges of coffee filters (still in large batches). Repeat the process with each batch.
3. Place the batches of coffee filters on some old towel to dry for several hours or overnight.
4. With the utility knife cut a desired shape out of cardboard. The heart “outline” shape was 13X16″ and the smaller heart shape was about 2.5″ smaller.
Then, poke holes with the screwdriver all over the cardboard, the holes should be about 1.5″ apart.
5. With the tip of longnose or needlenose pliers widen each hole to about 1/4″ in diameter
6. Separate dry coffee filters and make flowers by pinching the middle and twisting as shown below:
7. Thread each flower through the holes in the cardboard.
8. Repeat until you fill most of the holes.
9. You can use the finished wreath as a decoration around the house or make a hanger with a piece of ribbon or yarn and hang it on your front door.
17. Chocolate Dipped Bacon Roses
What you will need:
- 1 lb thick-cut bacon
- 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 foil pie tins and foil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Pierce multiple holes in one pie tin with knife. Place pieces of crumpled foil in other tin to use to elevate tin pan with holes to allow bacon grease to drip through into bottom tin.
- Roll bacon tightly beginning with thick side then set bacon red side up and secure with a toothpick. Place in pie tin and repeat until all bacon has been rolled. Place filled pie tin on baking sheet, bake 30-35 minutes.
- Remove toothpicks and allow to cool on counter.
- Melt chocolate and peanut butter in bowl until smooth, cool 5 minutes. Dip bottoms of bacon into chocolate mixture and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
- Box and present to your favorite bacon lover!
18. Heart Tote Bag
I made the heart using a freezer stencil technique. It’s so easy, but if you’ve never done a freezer stencil project before check out this post for instructions. You can buy plain canvas totes here for under $2 each.
The leather handles were bought from this etsy shop. They cost $4 for a pair. To attach the straps I had to buy some small rivets from my local fabric store. I just explained to them what I was trying to do and they directed me to some tiny rivets that come in a pair.
Here are some instructions on attaching the leather handles:
1. Cut off the canvas straps.
2. Using a small knife, make a tiny hole in the middle of the spot where the canvas strap used to be, on the outside of the bag.
3. Pull out your rivets. There should be two kinds. One has a finished round end, and the other has a flatter end. Stick the flat end one through the back of the bag, through the hole you made, and finally through the leather strap until it peaks out.
4. Now put the round end rivet through the front and pound it hard with a hammer. You want those rivets to be strong! I didn’t hammer it in the first time and they fell apart pretty quickly so be sure to hammer them in hard.
19. Heart Shaped Glazed Donuts
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to delicious homemade Heart shaped donuts on Valentine’s Day? Here is how you make these delicious treats!
- 1 cup warm milk (around 110 degrees)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 package instant yeast
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 11 Tbsp. butter (not hot, just melted)
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- Canola Oil, for frying
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1¼ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- Add sugar to the warm milk. Stir until dissolved. Stir in the yeast and allow to sit 10 minutes.
- Place the eggs, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until combined.
- Add the yeast to the bowl and mix again.
- Next, add the salt and begin adding the flour, one half cup at a time, until it is all incorporated. Do not over knead, dough will be a bit sticky.
- Place dough in a greased bowl and turn. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Roll dough out to ⅓ to ⅕ inch thickness. Cut with desired cutter.
- Place cut doughnuts on parchment, and allow to rise in a warm place until puffy
- Heat oil to 350 and cook until golden on both sides. It should be around 10 seconds per side.
- Remove from oil and pat with paper towels.
- Once doughnuts are cooked, mix together glaze ingredients. Whisk together until smooth.
- Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet or with wax/parchment paper underneath.
- Dip doughnuts in glaze and place on the cooling rack allowing the excess glaze to drip on the cookie sheet or wax/parchment paper.
- Allow to dry for about 10 minutes and dip again. Top with sprinkles right after dipping the second time. Allow to dry and enjoy.
20. Valentine’s Wreath
- Newspaper or pages from an old book
- 4-5 different sheets of “valentines paper”
- Red card stock
- Glitter glue
- Glue stick
- Modge podge
- Sponge brush
- Thin card board box (like a cereal box)
- Normal cardboard box
- Ribbon to match
- Glitter love letters
- Cut out hearts from scrap book paper. You will want to cut 4 big hearts (out of same paper), 8 med hearts (1 did 5 out of newsprint and 3 on a brown print) and about 12-13 small hearts, can be cut in various small sizes.(I used about 3 different prints AND the plain red card stock for the smaller hearts)
- Brush modge podge on the back of the hearts and stick them on the thin cardboard (ie; cereal box) when the Modge podge is dry, paint over the tops of the hearts. Wait for it to dry.
- Glitter glue! Squirt red glitter glue around newsprint hearts, and silver glue around the 4 big hearts… I was too cheap to buy red glitter paper so I just painted my small plain red hearts with the glitter glue.
- Cut out wreath from thicker cardboard- I traced a large mixing bowl (about 12″) then I cut out the center- leaving me with a wreath that was about 1 1/2 in wide.
- Arrange hearts on wreath, and glue them down with glue stick (or hot glue or whatever you want) I also wanted my hearts to be a little more 3d so I cut some small tabs out of cardboard (like the one in the gap between hearts in photo above) and then glued the heart onto that. Some hearts were glued directly to the wreath, some on 1 tab and others on 2 tabs (does that make sense?)
- Make sign- I had reversible paper so I used the back of one of my sheets. Covered it with modge podge and glued on the love letters. (the ribbon looking things off to the side of the sign is just paper that was modge-podged and folded like a ribbon)
- Attach ribbon to top!