Can you believe it’s already February? While it may be the shortest (and one of the coldest) months of the year, it does contain one very special holiday: Valentine’s Day.

Despite what those heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers may have you believe, Valentine’s Day is not only about being in a relationship. It is also about celebrating all of our relationships, and showing those we love just how much they mean to us. And what better way to show you care than with a handmade gift from the heart? Here are some fun ideas, to help get you started:

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Heart-Shaped Tea Bags, MBDesire
Show someone special that he or she warms your heart with these adorable DIY heart-shaped tea bags. You can buy their favorite (or your favorite) type of tea, or customize your own (click here for a great list of recipes.) The full step-by-step photo instructions can be found over here. We love the little red heart-shaped tag, but you could also customize that with the person’s name or a message. Add a little jar of honey and a cute mug, and you’ve got the perfect cold-weather gift!

sharpie_mug_love_letterSource: My Sister’s Suitcase

Custom Sharpie Mugs, My Sister’s Suitcase
Take your tea-themed gift-making skills a step further by making a personalized mug or two. The process is actually quick and easy: Draw or write with a Sharpie pen on a mug, place it on a cookie sheet, and bake to set at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Click here for further instructions and ideas. Not only is this a fantastic option for a last-minute gift, but it’s also incredibly versatile: Friends, co-workers, your kid’s teacher – who couldn’t use a new mug?

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Valentine’s Day Crayons, Good Housekeeping
Here’s one that is just as fun to make as it is to give: colorful, heart-shaped crayons! Use whatever colors you have on hand to create one-of-a-kind gifts for the young or young-at-heart. The result looks so much more complicated than it really is; in fact, this project is so easy that it makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day activity for children. So make an afternoon of it, and get the entire family in on the fun!

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Healthy Truffles, Peanut Butter Fingers
Of course, what would Valentine’s Day be without the sweet treats? If you’re looking for a way to indulge that is also good for you and your loved ones, consider making these healthy truffles. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. And they’re so easy to make that you don’t even need a real recipe; simply combine cocoa powder, pitted dates, coconut and walnuts in a food processor, blend, and form into bite-sized balls of chocolatey goodness!

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DIY Gumball Machine, Dollar Store Crafts
Another way to satisfy your Valentine’s sweet tooth (and show off your DIY skills) is to make this cute gumball machine. Check out the instructions here and consider making one for someone you care about this Valentine’s Day – or making several to use as party décor! Fill them with whatever you choose (gummy candies, savory crackers, actual gumballs) to make this a truly one-of-a-kind holiday item.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards, It’s Always Autumn
As ubiquitous to the holiday as candy, Valentine’s Day cards are an obvious thing to give this time of year. To make sure that yours stand out from the crowd, make them yourself. It’s Always Autumn has got an inspiring round-up of fun and unusual ideas sure to get your creativity flowing. We especially love the pencil-turned-cupid’s arrows (pictured) and the pirates (“you’re gRRReat!”)

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Erasable “I Love You Because…” Note, Dagmar’s Home
More sentimental than the rest, this DIY Valentine’s Day gift is likely to melt the heart of anyone who receives it. The fact that it is erasable means that it can be used year-round; it really is the gift that keeps on giving! Make one for your significant other, or the entire family – and enjoy the sweet words it brings for months to come.

Will you be making DIY Valentine’s Day cards or gifts this year? We’d love for you to share your own inspiration with us in the “comments” section below!

 

By Liana Orenstein