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Homemade Valentine's Day Presents - Handmade Gifts

Updated on November 14, 2013
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In my next life, I want to be an interior designer. I love decorating and home decor, taking on projects, and helping others do the same.

Whether you are wanting to save money this Valentine’s Day or just show off your creative side, a homemade Valentines Day present can be something your loved one will treasure for a long time.  Homemade presents can be very easy, but some can be slightly difficult, depending on your comfort level and how much experience you have “crafting.” 

No matter if you have a lot or a little experience or ability, I think the recipient of a homemade Valentine’s Day gift is a very lucky person who would be flattered to receive such a present.

If you’re a mom or dad wanting to create Valentine’s Day gifts with the kids, check out my article on Valentine's Day Crafts For Kids .

Below are a few great (in my opinion) craft ideas for home made Valentine’s Day presents:

keepsake envelope folders craft - click image to enlarge
keepsake envelope folders craft - click image to enlarge
envelope folders
envelope folders

Keepsake envelope folders – Over the centuries, envelopes have contained many secrets and professions of love, so it’s appropriate to use a group of them to store old letters and treasured notes, or to fill them with trinkets for your valentine.

Fold the flaps back on all but one of the envelopes you want to join (I used 4 envelopes, but you can use as many as you like). Stack the envelopes open side up, with the unfolded flap on the bottom. Moisten the folded flaps and affix each one to the envelope behind it. Punch a hole in the bottom center of all the envelopes and thread a beautiful ribbon through the holes. Insert keepsakes in envelopes, fold last flap over and tie ribbon around it.  Decorate the outside however you desire.

Bonbon-filled hearts
Bonbon-filled hearts
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click image to enlarge

Bonbon-filled hearts – Surprise a loved one with a hanging heart-shaped container full of candy.  Here’s how:  1. Fold and unfold a square of plain or patterned lightweight cardstock to score it as pictured.  2. Fold the cardstock in half vertically, and open.  3. Fold it horizontally.  4. Open.  5. Draw two opposite corners of the square inward, tucking in the other two corners.  6. Trace the heart template at right.  7. Slide fold A behind fold B.  8. Hold in place.  Use a hole punch to pierce both, thread a ribbon through and tie.  Fill both sides of the heart with candy.

printed love coupons
printed love coupons
handwritten love coupons
handwritten love coupons
example of a gift coupon book
example of a gift coupon book

Homemade Love Coupons!

Love Coupon Book - Either by hand (if you have good handwriting) or on your printer, use a fancy font to print out a collection of coupons with wording such as "This coupon good for ..."

Ideas for coupons include:

  • one night on the town
  • breakfast in bed
  • one foot massage
  • one back massage
  • unlimited hugs
  • unlimited kisses
  • one candlelight dinner
  • completion of a household chore of your choice

Be sure you leave enough space between each to cut out a rectangle around it. If you're computer savvy, include small graphics, such as hearts alongside the wording. You could also skip this step and just cut out coupons from cardstock as indicated in the next step and write right on them as your coupons.

With a lightweight cardstock (red or pink), cut out equal size rectangles large enough to fit the printed out coupons and slightly larger. Mat the coupons on the pieces of cardstock that are slightly bigger than the coupons so you can see the edges of the cardstock around the coupon.

Make a hole with a hole punch in the upper left corner of each coupon. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow. Give love coupons to someone you love.


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    • Lily Rose profile image

      Lily Rose 2 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks, Kiddiecreations! Hope he enjoys it!

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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 2 years ago

      Love the coupon book idea! I'm definitely making one for my hubby this Valentines Day!

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      Thuy Nguyen 6 years ago

      Very great!!! Thank U so much for sharing, Lily!

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Hi slushatwork! Thank you for finding my hub - I hope you have fun trying some ideas out. Did you see my V-day crafts for kids hub? I'm looking forward to making some of the melted crayon hearts with my girls this year - they're so cool and great for decorating!

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      slushatwork 7 years ago from Canada

      Hi Lily! Great Hub, thank you! I am definitely wiped-out financially from Christmas, so finding ideas on gifts to make for my loved ones for Valentine's Day is definitely a bonus! Thank you for sharing!

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      Just Claude 7 years ago

      Hey Lily Rose, You inspire it to mean something a key to open up hearts..... Thankyou!!!!

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      Proff52 7 years ago from Mombasa Kenya

      Very Good Ideas.Keep up the Good Work!!!

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      American Thought 7 years ago

      Love Your Ideas!

      I made a Valentine Postcard and sent it to my wife. I just created a .jpg containing loving words (you could also do the same with scanned pictures of the "Love Coupon Book" ideas. Then send the images to Wal-Mart and have them print your postcard(s) - (they do that you know). Then drop your postcard into the mail with your Valentine's address. You can do the same for birthdays too!

      Again, I love your ideas in this article! I will also be reading the rest of your articles.

      May God bless your endeavors,

      Don Morrison -

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      ladylux 7 years ago

      I agree. Your creativity is above and beyond anything I've ever displayed. Good work!

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you, thank you!

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      Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Excellent Hub! I love the creativity here.

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      Handmade-Crafts 7 years ago

      A wonderful hub. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      Me, too, Habee! I wish I had time to do more - maybe as my girls get older they'll be more capable - now it just ends up being a giant stress - oh, I mean mess!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Cool ideas! I enjoy using my creativity.

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      You're very welcome, Don, and thank you for the wonderful compliment!

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Lily, if you're not the most creative person I have never met personally, you're darned close. The ideas expressed above are absolutely wonderful. And this, coming from a male who can hardly tie his shoes let alone wrap a present or make a card. Thanks for your great talent. Don White