roundup: DIY valentine’s day gifts


Roundup time! I like Valentine’s because it’s about expressing loooove, which is always good and positive, and I think one of the best ways to do that is with something handmade! you can still shop all my handmade jewelry at the Valentine’s 20% off + free shipping SALE until February 8th!

Here are some of my past ideas as well as some new ones to get your creative love juices flowing (ew?)….

DIY liquor and hearts aka Heart Shaped Box of Booze aka Booze Clues (click on the link to watch the DIY video). This is a great valentine for guys or someone you love to have fun with! All you need is tiny liquor bottles, called nips, make heart cut-out cards from construction paper with cute/sexy messages on them and wrap them all in a shoe box or heart shaped chocolate box from the drug store!

DIY palm reading valentine’s card: age your paper, trace your hand, draw the lines and write the meaning of each line on your hand to predict feelings of love. Roll up with a ribbon and give to someone special!

The DIY coded love valentine, lets the page of a book write the card for you! Just photocopy a page from a book, age it by crumpling it and burning the edges, glue it on a piece of card stock, and underline certain words or sentences to tell your own story. you can make it super sexy and erotic by using a page from a book like 50 Shades of Grey…yeowza!

DIY game of love valentine: hand-write or print out a little piece of paper that says “you win my heart” or “in the game of love, I won cuz I have you” – punch a hole in the playing card and tie it to the heart with a piece of ribbon and ta da! Unique DIY’d Valentine’s card for $0!!

Other fun ideas:

DIY hand-painted mug from Her New Leaf. I love the hand-drawn look of this gift: it’s personal and you can stuff the mug with candy or a little gift to make it a gift within a gift! All you need is a ceramic mug, a paintbrush, and enamel paint. You then air-dry the paint for 48 hours, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 325˚.

DIY rose water from BLG25: a great gift idea for friends or yourself! Fresh roses, distilled water, and a large pot. You can bottle it up for use as a toner/body spray in a vintage perfume bottle… and rose water has many beauty benefits being: anti-inflammatory, de-stressing, moisturizing, and it’s oh so refreshing!

eco and kid-friendly (the painting part, not the drilling) DIY valentine from mustardseeds: either saw your own slices of wood or purchase a similar piece from your local craft store. Paint a heart and message and you can drill a hole at the top to tie on a tag/card. A stack of these would make cute coasters!

DIY valentine’s day fort featured on Design Sponge: “Can you imagine the delight of coming home to find that your amour had constructed an enchanting tent for the two of you to eat, drink, play and tell stories for the night?” Ummmm, yes please! I love indoor forts! see more here.



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