Roundup: 10 Sweet and Simple Handmade Valentine's Day Card Tutorials

by DIY Maven

DIY Valentine's Day roundup 2016


Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which means it's time to think about Valentine's Day cards. Hand made, of course. These 10 options take the guesswork out of the undertaking. Super clever, super easy, super adorbs, they're sure to win  a few hearts. 



Fish Bowl Valentine
Photo: Bliss Bloom Blog

1. First we'll start with the kiddos. For their school mates, it doesn't get much better than this fishbowl card from Bliss Bloom Blog. And, yes, Bliss Bloom offers a free download for the bowl and text part. 

Smarties Valentine Card
Photo: 733 Blog

2. Rolls of Smarties (or, if you're Canadian, Rockets candies), some washi tape and this free download from 733 Blog and you're ready to go to make these sweet sentiments:


Washi Tape Card from A Step in the Journey
Photo: A Step in the Journey

3. These washi tape cards from A Step in the Journey couldn't be cuter or easier to make. 

Washi Tape Valentine from No Biggie
Photo: No Biggie


4. Speaking of washi tape, this idea from No Biggie would take seconds to whip out. 

Googlie Eyes from Paper Source
Photo: Paper Source

5. We're suckers for googlie eyes around here, so these google-eyed-in-love hearts from Paper Source won ours. Hearts that is, not google eyes.

Paint Chip Valentine's from Country Living
Photo: Country Living

6. If you have a some stamps and ink pad--or a steady hand--and some old paint chips, these Valentine's Day cards would be PERFECT for your fellow fan of Curbly or DIY in general. The idea comes from Jodi Kahn picked up at Country Living.  

King of Hearts Valentine from Real Simple
Photo: Real Simple

7. This next idea comes from Real Simple, and although it features a King of Hearts playing card, the idea could use other cards as well, with a little tweaking, of course. Queen of Hearts = "Queen of My Heart". Ace of Hearts = "You're Aces". Two of any cards = "We're 2 of a Kind". You get the idea. 

Balloon Valentine from A Pretty Cool Life
A Pretty Cool Life

8. A red balloon heart used to make a Valentine's Day card?? You had us at "balloon". Visit A Pretty Cool Life for all the details. 

Clothespin Arrows from I Gotta Create
Photo: I Gotta Create!

9. These clothespin love arrows aren't traditional Valentines, but imagine them clipped to unexpected places Valentine's morning! On a vanity mirror, a lampshade, on the edge of your sweetie's coffee cup...just about anywhere you'd like to share the love. Darling!! I Gotta Create tells us how to make them. 

Heart in fork Valentine from Botanical Paper Works
Photo: Botanical Paper Works

10. And, finally this last minute, no excuses Valentine from Botanical Paper Works. Grab some colorful paper, cut out a heart, write a sweet message on it and slip it into a dinner fork. Love!

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Those are just some of our favorite DIYs this season of love. For many more Valentine's Day projects, gift ideas and inspiration, click here!





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Roundup: 20+ More Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas

by DIY Maven


DIY gift basket ideas

A bunch of years ago I wrote a roundup of 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Baskets Ideas We Love, and apparently, you love them too, because the article still gets plenty of viewing action. Although we STILL love those ideas, we thought it might be time to expand on the idea. As mentioned in the original post, gift baskets are great to receive, but giving them can be surprisingly expensive. Pick a basket, add a little of this and a little of that,...

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Gift Guide: 14 Seriously Awesome DIY Gifts for Men

by Brittni Mehlhoff
 Gift Guide: 14 Seriously Awesome DIY Gifts for Men

Every year, right around the holidays, I go into a (brief) panic about what kind of gift to buy or DIY for my husband, brother, dad, etc. I love making gifts for them whenever I can, but it can be difficult to come up with a super awesome DIY idea that men will actually like / want to use. So, I'm starting the hunt for ideas early this year and am sharing my favorite DIY gifts for men for the holidays. Here are 14 awesome DIY gift ideas for...

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Curbly Gift Guide: Gifts for Cooks & Foodies

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly's motto is "Love Where You Live", so, naturally, that includes the most important room in the house, the kitchen, and what you do in it, which is COOK! No, we're not a cooking or food site, but we do our fair share of coverage on that topic (see our Food Fridays section to explore), and I like to think we can offer a different perspective than some of the more hardcore foodie sites. 

So, here's my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide For...

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Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

by DIY Maven

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, "Dude, you can totally make that." My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8" x 11" piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to...

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