You know deep down in her soul she’s wish you’ll give her a homemade Valentine’s Day gift. It shows you took the time to make her something special rather than just making an online or impulse purchase at the store.
You don’t have to go all Martha Stewart with this, as today’s DIY gift ideas are clearly mapped out so you can follow them step by step but still be a gift-giving hero to her.
Give her a jar of date night ideas and she will be on cloud nine. You’ll never run out of ideas to go to out on a date and it shows her that you really look forward to the times you can spend with her when it’s just the two of you.
This love mug is ultra cute and easy to make, and she’ll love that you took the time to make something special from the heart. The perfect gift if she enjoys drinking coffee or tea each morning because she’ll be thinking of you when she does.
Take the perfect Valentine’s selfies with these glittery photo props. X’s and O’s let everyone know that the love is in high supply here, and it is a way to broadcast your feelings without saying a word.
Really get this Valentine’s scrolling with this fabric craft. She should really like the simple “Kiss Me” message on it, and it can set the tone for other things you have planned on this special day. Hang it above the bed, or above her desk, or above the dining room table, wherever you want a kiss.
If she’s always looking for a place to put her notes and memos how about this hexagonal heart bulletin board? This is the sort of gift that serves a practical purpose long after the holiday has come and gone. She can keep thinking of how thoughtful you are all year long.
This is a two part gift. First, you decorate a serving tray, and then use that tray to serve her breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. The tray can also serve double duty on her birthday or your anniversary.
This card ends up looking pretty complicated, but the instructions walk you through it so it’s actually not that hard to put together. It gives the card an added bit of creativity and is likely not the sort of Valentine she’s ever received.
This is a very distinctive piece of artwork, and something that you can keep up on the wall long after Valentine’s has come and gone. It’s time to get in touch with the artsy craftsy side of yourself and remember what it was like to use glue and construction paper, but it will all be worth it when you see the look on her face.
These fortune cookies are very decorative, and the great part is you get to fill them with your own message. These can be as cute or kinky as you want, so use what you know about her to pick the right mix of messages so that it’s a Valentine’s Day she won’t forget.
A classic design gets turned into a pillow with this LOVE pillow. Not only is it a gift that she’ll love to open, but it’s something she can snuggle up with while watching a romantic comedy on the couch with you later.
Turn simple wire into a symbol of love with this love ring made from a single piece of wire. It might not become a ring she wears everyday, but it’s sure to make her happy when she sees that you took the time to make it yourself.
It’s always nice to be told why you’re loved, and this framed gift has you choose one really good reason and immortalize it for her enjoyment.
She’s sure to keep it proudly displayed, so make sure you pick a good one from the many you have to choose from.
The fun part of this gift is that you can make it as big or as small as you want. Make enough messages in bottles to tell her all that you need to tell her. You can make a sort of scavenger hunt with it, or simply leave her one big note rolled up in one bottle.
Show her that you’re a team with this ampersand Valentine. Next to a heart, an ampersand is potentially the best symbol you can use to show you care because it shows you’re not going solo down the road of life, and that you consider her your partner.
This wreath has a lot going on, but it’s totally the sort of thing that she’ll be into on Valentines’ Day. Surprise her with it when she wakes up so she can hang it up all day, or give it to her before the holiday as a way of getting into the spirit before it actually arrives.
A box of chocolates is borderline passe at this point, but you can put a thoughtful spin on it by making the box from scratch and hand-selecting the chocolate. It’s a way of taking a classic gift and putting some heart into it.
If you’ve taken photo booth pics this year this makes a great way to display them. When the card is closed just one picture shows through, and when it’s opened the rest are revealed. It shows her that you think those pictures are special enough to make a card out of.
If you just give her these utensil holders this might be a dud of a gift. You have to follow it up by cooking her a dinner and setting the table with the utensils in this holder. She’ll know that you took an extra step above and beyond making dinner.
This heart bracelet uses a tile spacer in a very creative way to make a cute yet durable bracelet that she’ll love getting and can wear as often as she likes without worrying about it breaking. You can choose your own material for the rest of the bracelet and tailor it to her style.
Put these along the driveway to tip her off to the romantic night you have in store. Or use them to lead her to your favorite park or other favorite place. It’s the sort of pre-planned and elaborate romantic you see in the movies that always makes the audience swoon.
There’s something to be said for a love made out of concrete. It’s durable and lasts and lasts, and is probably not something that you’d expect jewelry to be made from. This heart necklace is something she’s guaranteed to love since it’s made with your own two hands.
Take the corks from the wine bottles you’ve enjoyed together and make them into a piece of artwork. This is perfect for the wine loving couple that saves their corks, but may have to wait until next year if you don’t have enough corks saved up at the moment.
This is a cute play on words and serves a dual purpose of being a handy place to tack up notes and memos. It’s totally up to you to drive home just how special it is by populating it with love notes before you give it to her.
What a perfect way to make up the bed this Valentine’s Day. It has two pillows that come together to form a complete heart, and there are plenty of ways to present this to her. You can have one pillow in one room, and one in another and have her find them separately, or just make the bed if that’s not your usual thing.
This puzzle gives her something to do while you distract her with kisses and cuddles. It takes your favorite photo of the two of you from the last year and puts it into puzzle form. You can even include a message on the back so she’ll think it’s extra awesome.
Fill this take out box with whatever you’d like and she’ll get a kick out of it, especially if you like to eat Chinese food together. Pair this up with the custom fortune cookies above if you really want to drive home the Chinese take out theme.
The reason this gift is so cool is because it can be customized in a few different ways. First, you get to pick the map location, and that can be where you met or your first house, or her hometown. The second part is the message, which can be whatever you want it to be that fits on the board.
This canvas looks like something you’d buy in a store, so she’ll be shocked that you made it by hand. They walk you through the instructions, or if you don’t have time and need a last minute but thoughtful gift there’s a template you can download to make it easier.
Love goes better with chocolate, and these love notes come with a bit of chocolate for her to enjoy as she reads your sweet words. Have trouble coming up with romantic sayings? Do like Big did in Sex and the City 2 and borrow from the great poets throughout history.
Everyone loves breakfast and bed, and you can make it extra special for her with this plate adornment. They’ll show you a quick and easy way to make perfect little hearts out of ketchup so you can turn a condiment into a profession of your love.
If you’ve written Valentine’s off as a “Hallmark holiday” now’s the chance to thank Hallmark for giving you the opportunity to totally outdo anything for sale in a store and make her a card that actually means something. This card is the perfect add-on to any of the homemade gifts above.