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DIY Valentine Gift Ideas

Updated on April 28, 2015

Gifts from the Heart

If you want to show someone how much you care about them this Valentine's Day but don't want to spend a lot, there are ways you can make cute crafts yourself.

In fact, Valentine's Day is one holiday where homemade looks just as adorable, if not more charming, than anything you can buy from a store.

Valentine cookie baskets are always a quick and easy treat that you and the kids can make for loved ones. Simply bake a batch of your loved ones favorite cookies and place them in a basket, tin or box that you wrap with a bow. Below you will find even more fun homemade Valentine ideas.

Flickr Photo Credit: Squirrel Cottage

Valentine's Day Gift Bags

With some small paper bags and some glue, you can make a goody bag for your valentine. Collect some fun embellishments like ribbon, paper and doily hearts, sweet tart hearts and other foam shapes. Glue them on to the outside of the bag. Write a message in glitter glue and allow it to dry.

When finished, fill the bag with Valentine chocolates, other sweets, or a stuffed teddy bear. This is an especially easy and cute craft for kids to make for their mom or dad. It will be cherished forever. It's also nice for small siblings to make for one another.

Valentine Stickers - Liven up your project with pretty Valentine stickers!

The Valentine Candle

With a votive candle holder made of clear glass, you can create a marvelous Valentine's Day heart candle.

Use markers for a stained glass effect or use paints for an easy embellishment. If you're more courageous, try etching the glass with a glass etching kit. It's not as hard as it sounds and you can do some marvelous designs. You can also write your beloved's name on the glass intertwined with yours. Add a votive candle and you've got yourself a gift.

Valentine's Coupon Book

Use your computer to create Valentine's Day coupons that you will give to your beloved. They can be everything from an offer to wash his or her car, an extra turn to sleep late while you get up with the baby, or anything you can think of.

These are also endearing to have your class make if you are a teacher. Kids can bring them home for their parents offering favors that say I love you.

A Jar of Kisses

Find a really attractive glass jar with a lid. Fill it with regular or personalized Hershey Kisses. Decorate the lid with something special like Valentine's Day wrapping paper or fabric in a pretty pattern.

You can also have the kids decorate brown craft paper and use it to decorate the lid. Place it over the lid and allow it to overlap. Cut to size and then tie it on to the jar with a pretty ribbon.

Instructions on how to make the jar pictured are at Busy Bee Kids Crafts

Valentine Gifts for Grandparents

A photo of the kids is a perfect way for Grandma and Grandpa to connect with kids on Valentine's Day. Create a nice frame out of macaroni, paints, clay, or plaster of Paris. When it's dry, stick in a photo of the kids and hand out with hugs and kisses. The modern day version of this involves scanning your photo into the computer, choosing a frame in Picassa or another photo program and then printing it out. But the old fashioned way is so much more special. The kids can write a note on the back of the frame or you can attach a magnet so Grandma can always have it nearby.

Crafting is Fun for All Ages

Choose your crafting materials by age. Don't try complicated crafts with preschoolers.

Tweens and teens may still enjoy playing around with art supplies, so make lots of choices available.

What is the best homemade Valentine gift that you received?

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    • etaCarinae profile image

      Sara Johnson 

      3 years ago from United States

      Awesome Valentines Day ideas and hub. Perhaps you can check mine out later?...

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      5 years ago

      Adding your own creativity and love on this valentine gift will make it more attractive.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      A lace covered card from my sweet angel sister

    • julescorriere profile image

      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      These are perfect gift ideas for teachers. Congratulations on making the Top 40 Valentine Craft Ideas. Well Deserved.

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the cute ideas.

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      6 years ago

      These are such great ideas, I'm definitely going to be using some of them!

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      6 years ago

      I am a fan of coupon books - especially if they are from my kids. Love your idea for a Kiss jar.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      So cute! I love your ideas :)

    • kimmer1491 profile image


      7 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      Great suggestion for a Valentine bag, so simple but adorable! I've gotten the coupon books before and they are awesome - thanks for the tips.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Cute the kiss jar :)


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