Nervous that you don’t have a gift to give to your significant other this coming V-Day? While you can wait three weeks for that expensive gift to arrive, nothing says, “I love you” more like a unique gift you’ve made with your own two hands. Skip the drugstore candy aisle, take a break from the same old flowers and boxed chocolates and get into the crafting mood. Show your loved one how much you care with DIY gifts.
So, forget the tacky flowers and cheap sweets. Especially if you’re on a budget, make these beautifully thoughtful gifts instead. Some ideas might cost you a little extra, but these will positively swoon your way into your significant other’s heart.
1. 52 Reasons I Love You
It may be so that “I love you just because I do” is a perfect reason for you to love your S.O. (that’s “significant other”), you might want to get a little bit more specific. And while the reasons are countless, you can think of 52 solid ones, quickly. Just turn an old deck of playing cards into a list of why you’re still together.
1. Find a deck of vintage-looking playing cards. If you don’t have any lying around, buy a new one. You can make it look old later.
2. Scratch them up a bit with the sandpaper to give them a used feel.
3. Create a template with one of the Jokers.
4. Punch two holes in each card using the template as a guide.
5. Create your ‘reasons’ labels to attach to the cards.
6. Use another Joker card to create the front cover.
7. Using double-sided tape or glue, attach the labels to the cards and let the glue dry.
8. Thread into the book rings.
2. Bath Bombs
With a few semi-basic ingredients, make your bath bombs for that special someone who deserves a little pampering in their lives.
What you’ll need:
1 cup citric acid
2 cup baking soda
2 tbsp. Corn-starch
1 oz. Shea butter or coconut butter (melted)
5-6 drops Essential Oil of your choice
1-2 drops red food colouring (optional)
1 spray bottle of Witch Hazel
1 heart-shaped silicone mould
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the corn-starch, citric acid and baking soda, making sure to remove all lumps.
2. Add Red food colouring, melted butter and essential oil and continue to mix.
3. Spray the mixture 2-3 times and mix, slowly adding more witch hazel until the mixture holds its shape when pressed together.
4. Press into silicone moulds, making sure to compact them tightly.
5. Allow it to dry in the silicone moulds for 12 hours. Remove from the mould, and allow to dry an additional 24 hours for an excellent hard bath bomb.
6. Print-out some labels and stick to mason jar. Print it out on sticker paper for an easier fit.
3. Heart-Eating Dinosaur
This is a gift great for the guys, young and old. A plastic dinosaur may not be the most romantic thing in the world, but it’s almost sure to make your Valentine laugh and go, “oh honey…”.
What you’ll need:
1 plastic dinosaur, preferably with handsSome tiny hearts
Some craft paint
1 paint brush
1 gold spray paint (or your colour of choice)
1 glue gun
1. Start by using the spray paint to coat your dinosaur and the craft paint for the hearts. Get crazy with the colour combos.
2. Let all the pieces dry thoroughly, and prepare your glue gun. Starting with one heart, glue it to one of your dinosaur’s hands.
3. Continue gluing the hearts until you’ve formed a small pile, or until you’re satisfied.
4. Finish off by glueing a heart to its mouth as if it was eating it.
4. Love Cactus
Give your S.O. an easy-to-care-for bit of foliage. These little plant-holders will last much longer than a bouquet of flowers, and the puns on the sticks will make people smile.
What you'll need:
Mini metal buckets in pink or white
Pink spray paint
Wood kitchen skewers
Assorted cacti or a low-maintenance plant of your choice
1. Poke holes in the bottom of your buckets with the nail and hammer.
2. Plant your vegetation in the buckets. Add some soil from the bottom of the bucket to about the height of where the root will sit.
3. Resist the urge to water! Let them get used to their new pots for a week or two before watering.
4. Cover the remaining space with more soil.
5. Add a nice layer of gravel on the topsoil.
6. Prepare the tags. “Low Maintenance Love, You're Succulent, and Don't be Prickly, Valentine”. Pun away! Print on white card stock (the thicker, the better) and cut out with scissors or a craft knife. Add a dab of rubber cement to the top of the skewer and attach to the back of the tag.
7. Add them to your freshly-potted plants and give to your Valentine.
5. Love Coupons
Personalized coupons are always popular, and they’re as much fun for you to make as they are for your loved one to redeem. Have your special one redeem these romantic coupons for activities as boring or as spicy as you prefer.
1. Print-out the activities with a snazzy font, and in such a way that you can cut them out lie cinema tickets. Say things like, “Good for 1 Free Kiss”, “Good for 1 Free Movie Night”, “Good for 1 Hug”.
2. Cut them out, and add little holes to where your partner will cut them.
3. Wrap them up nicely in a bow, or place in a box.
6. Love Potion No. 9
A printable “love potion” label can turn your loved one’s favourite beverage into a romantic gift. They can partake of the festive drinking at home or parties.
1. Print-out the love potion label on sticker paper or thick cardboard.
2. Place on the bottle of your partner’s favourite drink. I like the look of them on the red Strawberry crush bottles.
7. Muslin Bags
Stamp your muslin bags with simple love motifs or logos and fill them with candy, shoes, and other trinkets. Never go wrong with this gift since your loved one can reuse the bag even after the big day.
Stamped muslin bags are a breeze to make and in no time at all. They can hold all kinds of treats and gifts.
8. Pie in a Jar
Skip the cake and chocolate, and try some pie instead. And even better, a DIY pie recipe makes for a romantic gift that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to eat.
What you’ll need:
Pie Crust Dough
2 cans or bottles of cherry, apple or your favourite pie filling
2 tbsp. of sugar
1 large egg beaten
6 clean mason jars
Heart-shaped cookie cutter
1 Cookie sheet
1. First things first, start by preheating the oven to about 325 degrees.
2. Press the dough bit by bit into the jars until the jars are lined up to the rims. Reserve some dough for toppers.
3. Roll out reserved dough to about 1/8-inch thick and cut out 6 hearts.
4. Position the jars on a cookie sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough becomes a light golden colour.
5. Brush the hearts with egg wash and dust with the sugar. Situate the hearts on top of the pies and bake again for an additional 10-15 minutes until the dough is golden-brown.
6. Remove the jars from the oven and allow to cool. Decorate with some ribbon, tags, or labels on the lids.
9. Popcorn Date Invite
Get crafty and create a movie night package with everything you’ll need to enjoy a night on your own couch, while in front of your own TV, watching your favourite romantic movies. Fill up the bag of goodies with a love letter, fake movie tickets, candy, cutlery, and some other knick-knacks.
What you’ll need:
Popcorn carton or bag
Some nice paper for your handwritten love-letter
A small glass bottle or canister
Picnic cutlery x 2
Small clear plastic bag
1. Print out the designs onto the smooth white card stock and cut them out.
2. Tie the cutlery sets up with the ribbon. Attach the 'bon appetit' tag.
3. Fill-up the small plastic bag with candy and tie it up with some ribbon. Trim down the edges to the size of your bag and then use the stapler to attach it.
4. Write your partner a love-letter. Roll it up and place it in your little glass bottle.
5. Combine all your goodies into the popcorn container and give with a smile!
10. Valentines Snow Globe
Make a water-free snow globe with heart motifs. Snow globes aren’t just for Christmas, if you’re creative enough, you can improvise snow globes to fit any occasion!
What you’ll need:
An old snow Globe
Glue or tape
1. Carefully and cautiously drain the fluid from the old snow globe. Extract whatever ‘snow flakes’ you can and dry them out as much as you can.
2. Cut out some big heart shapes from the cardboard. Glue or tape on some felt paper on the cut-outs.
3. Glue them firmly onto the lid of the mason jar. Let it dry. Reinforce if needed.
4. Fill up the jar with the sprinkles or flakes to about 1/5 level.
5. Close the lid of the jar firmly, tip over, and enjoy.
Keep this guide in mind when you’re running out of ideas (and time) for what gifts to give to your loved one this coming hearts’ day. So grab some glue, head on to your work table, and get a-crafting!