DIY Valentine’s Day gifts mean more than something you can buy in a store. Handmade gifts are an expression of love and attention, as you are showing that you understand your loved one’s tastes and interests. Whether you love crafting and creating detailed DIY gifts or your loved one is a crafting enthusiast and loves the look of handmade things, dedicate an afternoon to creating the perfect handmade gift this year. Consider DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make your own, like:
- Custom picture frames
- Candle holders
- Beautiful DIY coasters
1. Customized Wooden Picture Frame
You can create a custom picture frame with just a few wood pieces and some hardware. Follow these steps:
- Cut wood pieces to the size of the frame. For a 6″ x 8″ frame, cut two pieces of 8-inch wood and two pieces of 6-inch wood, each with 45° angles.
- Glue the diagonal edges of the frame together to create the 6″ x 8″ rectangular. Allow the glue to dry.
- Fill the gaps along the mating diagonal edges with wood filler.
- Attach corner hardware on the back of the frame to hold any picture in place. Also, attach a hook on the long or wide side to hang the frame.
Once the frame is assembled and dry, you can customize it. Stain the wood, paint it, or glue on accents.
2. Handcrafted Candle Holders
You can make homemade candle holders from a wide range of different materials, from clay and wood to candleholders. In this specific craft, start with a few pieces of wood that are a few inches across each.
- Cut a plank of wood at least one foot long. Attach a hook near the top of the back to attach it to the wall.
- Cut a piece of wood that’s the same width into a square—for example, 3″ x 3″.
- Position it two-thirds of the way down the long piece of wood so the short, cut edge is against the flat side of the wood, creating a small 90° shelf. Glue or nail it into place.
- Cut an equilateral triangle where the short sides are no longer than the depth of the shelf. Position it against the underside of the shelf so one short side is along the middle of the bottom of the shelf and the other is along the middle of the flat long piece. Glue it into place so it supports the shelf.
- Paint or stain the candle holder so you have a wall sconce for LED candles.
For an extra romantic touch, purchase a candle that can sit on the candle holder.
3. Personalized Planters
If your valentine loves plants, make some personalized planters. Purchase some terracotta pots from your local hardware store. Use stencils or freehand draw beautiful designs with permanent markers or paint. You can create a small collection of tiny planters for succulents, or you can personalize a big pot for an established house plant.
4. Heart-Shaped Garden Stones
Creating heart-shaped garden stones is a delightful and unique DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea, perfect for adding a personal touch to any garden. To start, you’ll need a heart-shaped mold, which can be made from sturdy cardboard or bought from a craft store, and a basic mixture of cement. After mixing the cement according to package instructions, pour it into the mold and smooth the surface. While the cement is still wet, decorate it with colorful glass stones, beads, or even small tiles, pressing them gently into the surface to create a beautiful mosaic effect.
Once dry, these charming garden stones can be a lasting symbol of love, enhancing any outdoor space with a personal and artistic touch.
Get Ready for Valentine’s Day at Clarks Ace Hardware
Creating DIY Valentine’s Day gifts is a fun and thoughtful way to express love. Find everything you need for your DIY Valentine’s Day gifts at Clarks Ace Hardware. You can also reach out to learn more about our seasonal sales and holiday promotions.