Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and many of us are still searching for that perfect gift. Often the most meaningful gestures are those that are made with creativity and love. We brought you 10 creative gift ideas to make for Valentine’s Day.
1. Heart thumbprint platter
This is a great Valentine’s Day gift to have a family keepsake. All you need for this project is glass paint, a serving dish (in any size or shape to accommodate the number of fingers in your family) and a sharpie. Dip your little one’s index finger in the paint and press it into the serving dish in the shape of a heart. You can use the sharpie to add names, dates or any other loving quote.
2. Framed love quote
This is a Valentine’s Day gift that truly comes from the heart. Find an old wooden frame and paint it red. Type a personalized quote on a computer and print it out in red ink. Choose a font that best fits your relationship. Slip your message into the frame and you’ve got a touching Valentine’s Day gift to last the ages.
Can’t think of a romantic quote? Don’t worry. Here’s a couple to get you started.
3. Colorful Valentine’s Day crayons
Here’s a great Valentine’s gift that you and your family can make together. Get a heart shaped mold from a home good store, or you can find it online. Take the broken pieces of crayons from your kids’ crayon boxes. Grab as many colors as you can! Set the mold on a tin-foil lined cooking tray (to make sure no excess falls into your oven) and “bake” on 250º for 25-30 minutes. Afterward, remove them from the oven and let them cool. Pop them out of the mold, and voila! You’ve got fun heart-shaped crayons for your kids to pass out at school.
4. Heart wind chimes
This is a great Valentine’s Day home decoration that you and your kids can do together. First, you’ll need a heart-shaped mold. You can find one at IKEA, a home goods store or online. Pick out pink, red, white and clear beads at your local hobby shop or craft store. Your child can fill the heart molds with the beads, using different color combinations. Make sure that the mold are not overfilled. Next, you’ll stick the mold in the oven to melt the plastic down.
WARNING: there will be a strong odor once you open the oven door.
Once the hearts are cooled, pop them out and glue them to ribbon or twine, using your hot glue gun. Wrap the ribbon around any stick you find outside. Tie some more ribbon to the opposite end of the stick to create a way to hang the windchime. The hearts will made a nice clicking sound when the wind knocks them together.
5. Lipstick art
What says I love you more than a kiss? Ladies, gather your lipsticks and tinted glosses and literally kiss a sheet of paper with the various colors. If you got little ones, they can also add their tiny kisses to the page. Simply frame the kisses and add a loving note on the back.
6. Heart strings
Here’s another fun Valentine’s Day decoration project you can do with materials you already have at home. Collect as many varieties of paper as you wish, such as old book pages, leftover wallpaper or construction paper. Cut hearts out of the paper, making sure to be careful about their thickness. For example, hearts from book pages should be a couple of sheets thick. Take your hearts over to your sewing machine and sew them into the thread.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand sew the hearts with your thread. Or, if this is a project you’re doing with your kids, simply glue the hearts to the thread. Then glue the same heart cut out to the other side in order to hide the thread.
Last, tape your heart strings to the ceiling with a patterned tape.
7. Hanging flower heart
This gorgeous Valentine’s Day decoration is a little more hands-on, but once finished, you’ll have a wonderful DIY creation to show off each year. First you’ll cut a heart out of styrofoam and glue faux flowers to it, using a hot glue gun. When you choose your flowers, go the bigger ones to fill your heart faster. You can carefully cut an arrow out of balsa wood and use glitter paper to decorate it. Normal glitter can get messy, but will also do the trick. Lastly, hand your heart by inserting two command hooks on the heart’s “humps” and two in the ceiling. You can use fishing wire to hang your heart for that “invisible” look.
8. Heart candy frames
Candy hearts are pretty commonplace when it comes to Valentine’s Day. You can usually pick up a bag from your local grocery store for around 5 dollars. Take an old frame you’ve got laying around, or pick up a cheap one at a second hand or thrift store. Take your hot glue gun and simply glue your heart candies around the edge of the frame. Add a sentimental photo to share with your loved ones.
9. Candy heart garland
Here’s another fun Valentine’s Day project to do with candy hearts. Use a hot glue gun to glue your candy hearts every 6-10 inches apart. Glue them back to back and decorate your home, champagne bottle to make your day that much more festive.
10. Love rocks!
Here’s a fun and extremely low maintenance project to do with your kids! During your next playtime outside, have your kids collect as many flat rocks and pebbles as they can. Take them home and wash them off. Have your kids decorate the rocks with hearts and other Valentine’s Day themed pictures. Your kids can use washable markers for this. Use a lacquer like Modge Podge or another type of sealant to make sure the design does not smudge or fade. You and your family can leave your love rocks around the neighborhood for your neighbors.
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