While there’s nothing wrong with chocolate, wine, and dinner, they’re kind of well… boring. So this Valentine’s, surprise your special someone with a handmade gift. Here are 16 creative DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that will blow them away!

1. DIY Heart Map Artwork

Do you two do a lot of traveling? This framed heart map artwork may be the perfect way to cherish your memories. Use a heart shaped template to trace the places you’ve been or want to go. Cut out as many places as you want to fit your frame. Then cut another template that’s a bit larger than the first for a scrapbook backing. Finally, attach the two pieces together and use foam adhesive dots to add some depth to the frame. (via LivingWellSpendLess)

2. Framed Embroidered Initials

This hand-embroidered frame makes for a great last-minute gift. If you don’t already know how to work with backstitches, no worries. Mique, over at Thirty Handmade Days, goes over all the basics. (via ThirtyHandmadeDays)

3. DIY Valentine Lightbulb

Let me start off by saying this DIY lightbulb is so cool! While this project is a little more involved, it’ll only take about an hour to complete. Not bad for something you created with your bare hands. (via DesignSponge)

3. Carved Initial Candle

Candles are the epitome of romance. Take it up a notch by engraving your initials into a candle and lining it with a gold leaf pen. Get creative with it! (via HelloGlow)

4. Pop Up Photo Box

A pop up photo box is an adorable way to showcase your favorite photos. Simply print out your photos with dimensions that fit your box and follow the instructions over at The DIY Village. (via TheDIYVillage)

5. DIY Flip Book

Flip books are so much fun. Print out pictures in succession then combine them to form a cool flip book your Valentine will love. (via CamilleStyles)

5. DIY Arrow Wall Art

DIY this neat arrow wooden slate wall art with a few supplies. Grab your free design template over at DIY Candy. (via DIYCandy)

6. DIY String Art

If you love the look of string art and want to create one for your Valentine sweetheart, this is a great tutorial. You can DIY a simple heart or have fun with it. Some cool ideas for her could be a pair of pumps, lips, or a horseshoe. For a men’s gift, you can try his favorite sports team logo or an anchor. The possibilities are endless! (via GreenWeddingShoes)

7. DIY His and Hers Pillow Cases

Another creative idea is to DIY a lovely pair of matching pillow cases with some fabric and adhesive letters. (via ABeautifulMess)

8. Valentines Day Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a jar? You can’t go wrong with that. Check out this easy recipe for soft batch chocolate chip M&M cookies that’s sure to please even the pickiest of soulmates! (via HappierHomemaker)

9. Edible Massage Oil

Treat your loved one to a massage complete with your own edible massage oil. Wine and chocolate box not included. 😉 (via ScratchMommy)

10. DIY Light Up Valentine’s Day Card

If overrated store bought cards are cramping your style, these nerdy super cool circuit Valentine will have your S.O. raving. (via LeftBrainCraftBrain)

11. DIY Valentine Felt Boxes

How cute are these DIY felt boxes? These will make perfect boxes for candy and small gifts! (via EverydayDishes)

12. DIY Candy Gift Box

Fill a compartmentalized box with your Valentine’s favorite candies and wrap in a pretty bow for a sweet gift! (via PinkPeppermintDesign)

13. DIY Valentines Books Gift Wrap

Books make great gifts for your favorite reader. Check out this DIY on how to wrap books in the cutest way possible. (via JuniperBooks)

14. DIY Faux Slate Coasters

Turn oak boards into trendy faux slate coasters. Follow along with Jenn over at Build-Basics to make yours. (via Build-Basics)

15. Valentine Bowtie

This is a simple sewing project that results in a pretty awesome bow. Valentine-themed fabric isn’t necessary, but it sure is cute! (via HandmadeInTheHeartland)

16. DIY Sock Bouquet

Socks are simple, useful gifts but finding a unique way to gift them can be hard. Heather at How Does She offers a cool trick to transforming socks into a cute bouquet that she’ll love! (via HowDoesShe)


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