I had grand plans of a post full of brand spanking new crafts for Valentine’s this year, but I’m poorly (turns out having shingles really sucks. Who knew?), so instead I’ve delved into the Growing Spaces archive to pull together six ideas for Valentine’s Day that’ll cost you nothing (pretty much) but love.
These are all quick and easy DIYs that don’t require any expensive materials but will show someone that you care. Whether you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s or Galentines Day on 14 Feb, I think these ideas for gifts work as tokens of love and friendship for whoever’s lucky enough to deserve your appreciation.
DIY experiences box: One of my favourite of my The Everyday Spruce posts, this little box is full of 12 simple things to do with your friend or partner this year – one for each month. These are simple things, and range from going out for coffee together to booking a babysitter to go out for an evening walk in the summer.
Friendship bracelet picture hanging: I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets when I was a teen. I upcycled a double-sided photo frame with a sari hanging loop by replacing the sari with a couple of friendship bracelets. Pop a favourite photo or print inside and this makes a lovely gift.
Valentine’s Hirameki card: The kids and I had a go at the Japanese art of Hirameki to turn blobs of watercolour or ink into something amazing. While the kids created amazing creatures out of theirs, I used red watercolour to make hearts and then embellished these with a black pen.
DIY branch wall hanging: I made a couple of these for Christmas gifts the year before last, and I think they’d make a great Valentine’s or Galentine’s present because you can tailor the phrase or saying to your recipient.
Easy Valentines card for kids: A great one for the kids, these caterpillars are just made up of colourful hearts, and then given a fun face with googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae. See what other animals they can make from the heart shapes.
DIY heart Sharpie mug: This was my take on that old Pinterest favourite – the mug decorated with a black Sharpie and then baked in the oven to set the ink.
So if you’re feeling crafty this weekend, I hope one of these mini projects fits the bill.