7 Romantic, Non-Lame, Can’t-Miss DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Gal

Valentine’s Day is two weeks; have you wondered what you are going to get to your lady love?

Chocolates and flowers are fairly dull and cliche. Jewelry is expensive, and both unoriginal. She might swear she wants”nothing,” but what she generally means is that she does not want anything large . She is probably still hoping for a few little acknowledgment of this holiday, even only a card. And if she thinks she is okay with your skipping even that, she would still be thrilled — particularly so given the surprise — to obtain something from you. Everybody prefers to be thought of and appreciated, rather than not.

What to do?

Something super low in price but super high in thoughtfulness.

To peruse the mountain of DIY V-Day gift ideas out there would be to get lost in an avalanche of lame-ness — stuff that is too cheesy and too foo-fooey for most men to think about making. A couple of gems do exist at the rough, however, and we have collected the best ideas for you below.

By our lights, this is the best idea in the group. It is both romantic and trendy, and produces a wonderful bit of wall art that she will actually need to hang up. It’s always an remarkable truth that two people who grew up hundreds or even thousands of miles apart from one another, ultimately meet up, connect, and join their lives together ever after. You can produce a print which showcases this wondrous serendipity, where one side shows a map of where you are from, and one side shows a map of where she is from. Another option is to make a 3-paneled heart, that also puts a map of where you live now in the center. Primer Magazine includes a free downloadable Photoshop file for both a 2-panel and 3-panel heart, and walks you through the process of bringing these prints to life.

Complete instructions here.

Wire Heart Ring

A simple ring which will still elicit a true”Awww,” out of your grandma. All you basically need is cable, two kinds of pliers, and a document. It’s not the toughest procedure, but if you’ve never worked with wire before, it may take you a couple of attempts to really nail it.

Complete instructions here.

Framed Book Page Print

If your primary squeeze is into reading, a literary-themed gift could be just the ticket. You may find framed pages of novels overlaid with images/text available (the one from the picture above is). But they are also not tough to make yourself.  Considering the nature of the vacation, a page from one of her favourite romantic-themed books (paging Jane Austen), overlaid with a romantic picture or quotation, is obviously apropos. 

Complete instructions here.

Valentine Light Bulb

A sentimental shelf or desk decoration, for less than $5. You hollow out an incandescent lightbulb, substituting its innards with a cord heart”filament,” and then attach it to a wooden base. It is simple but sweet. And eye twinkle and crinkle inducing.

Complete instructions here.

Carving initials into a tree is a classic romantic gesture. Unfortunately, it is not actually great for your tree, and unless the tree is near your house, your lover won’t get to see it very often. This simple project evokes the romance of this timeless gesture, but produces a bit which could be placed on a mantle and gazed at indefinitely. You can actually buy wood rounds just like you see above from a craft shop, but you can also make your own from a lost backyard tree branch. (Follow the exact directions we gave for creating wood coasters. ) Then all you need is a wood burning tool, and you have a Valentine’s gift that costs nothing, but will make your gal swoon.

Complete instructions (minus how to create the wood round) here.

X Things I Love About You Jar

Your spouse wants to be appreciated a lot more than she needs some material bauble. You don’t need to do 100. “10 Things I Love About You” will do. If you’re feeling ambitious, 52 is a wonderful number; then she is able to open and read one of those messages once a week for a year. There are a myriad of ways you can jazz up the jar if you would like, such as etching something on the glass.

Homemade Card

A card may often really be sufficient, especially a homemade card, especially a homemade card which involves a wonderful pun, and which is emblazoned with an authentic physical thing on the front. The ideas above are fairly clever and will make sure to create her smile.

See more card ideas, and suggestions on making the cards here.

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