Skip the Store + Make These Valentine's Day Decorations Instead
Craft up some sweet home accessories for February 14.
Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for two or hosting a party for all your pals, no Valentine’s Day get-together is complete without some love-inspiring decor. Skip the store-bought stuff and make these easy DIY decorations. You’ll want to display some of them all year long.
String Art Heart
Dress up blank walls with this simple string art project. You can choose any colors you like, but metallic gold thread against a hot-pink backdrop makes for a bold conversation starter.
Make This: Modern String Art Heart
Paper Heart Chandelier
Add a whimsical touch to your dining table with these hanging garlands.
Make This: Paper Heart Chandelier
Wood Slice Art
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Simple painted hearts add a delicate touch to rustic wood slices. Hang them on the wall with strips of suede.
Hugs + Kisses Pillow
No sewing skills required to make this sweet, one-of-a-kind accessory.
Make This: No-Sew Phrase Pillow
DIY Valentine's Heart Wreath
Wrap thick yarn around a heart-shape foam wreath, hot-gluing the yarn ends to the back of the wreath. Trim a 1/4-inch dowel to 25 inches long. Push it through the wreath at an angle. Cut a heart out of red felt, and glue it to the top of the dowel. Cut a piece of pink felt into the shape of an arrow’s end. Snip small slits along the side edges for fringe. Cut thinner, similar shapes out of lavender, light blue, and red felt, and fringe the edges. Hot-glue them on top of the light pink felt, then glue the whole arrow's end to the bottom of the dowel.
Transform a heart-shaped foam wreath with yarn, a wooden dowel and felt. If you like this project, you can dress up your door with an easy-to-make wreath every month with instructions from HGTV Magazine.
Make This: A Year of DIY Wreaths
Hang this floral ornament under a doorway or in front of a window for a lovely splash of color.
Make This: Rose-Covered Kissing Ball
Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder
Your feathered friends will appreciate this special treat. Hang it outside and watch the birds flock to your yard.
Make This: Heart-Shaped Birdseed Treat
Cupid's Arrow Wreath
Photo by Jeff Romaniuk
Add some sparkle to your front door or mantel with this sequin and glitter-embellished wreath.
Make This: Cupid's Arrow Wreath
Made of decorative paper and inexpensive chipboard letters, this project would look great as a banner or displayed on a mantel.
Make This: Easy-to-Create Letter Display
Ombre Cork Heart
If you've been saving up wine corks for the perfect craft, put them to good use with this project from HGTV Magazine.
Whip up this quick paper heart chain for an adorable photo backdrop.
Make This: Paper Heart Chain
Emily Fazio, 2016
Use red and pink crayons to achieve layers of color in varying shades.
Make This: Ombre Candles
Emily Fazio, 2016
Enlist the kids to help with this fun craft. Overlapping strips of tissue paper create a stained glass effect, letting sunlight stream through.
Make This: "Stained Glass" Window Clings
Fringed Heart Pinata
Creating a custom pinata for any occasion is easier than you think.
Make This: Fringed Heart Pinata
Candy Necklace Valentines
Let kids make homemade valentines this year using strawberry licorice laces and gummy ring candy, creating edible necklaces their friends will love to devour. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Easy Hand-Knit Kids' Scarf
Keep your little one nice and warm this season with a hand-knit scarf that's perfect for beginning knitters. Add a plush fabric heart pin for that extra-special touch. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Heart-Shaped Phrase Pillow
Dress up the sofa or bed with a pillow that says "I love you" all year round. Use patterned fabric and a stylish embellishment to make a special decor piece that pops and makes a statement. Get the step-by-step instructions.
String Art Heart
Say those three magic words with a handcrafted string art heart. The best part? Your gift recipient can display the artwork in their home year round. Get the step-by-step instructions.
DIY Takeout Treat Box
Surprise your sweetheart with a crafty Chinese takeout box full of white chocolate-dipped fortune cookies covered in candy heart-shaped sprinkles. That's better than real takeout any day. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Use inexpensive chipboard or wooden letters to spell out a sweet word for your valentine. Colorful, patterned scrapbook paper dresses up each letter, creating a memorable, year-round mantel or wall display. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Spice up a romantic tablescape with customized etched glasses that feature pet names, inside jokes, hearts or phrases just between the two of you. That's definitely a gift you can't find in stores. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Upcycled Heart T-Shirt Dress
Turn two old t-shirts into a child's play dress. Use a heart stamp and fabric ink to add a holiday-inspired pattern she can wear for the big day and all year round, too. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.
Countdown Paper Chain
Count down the days until Valentine's Day with a pink and red chain made from paper hearts. Starting February 1st, tear off a heart each day until the 14th. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.
Play Dough Valentines
Skip the cheesy, store-bought valentines this year, and give these homemade gifts a try. Use a simple play dough recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and package each individually in glassine bags. Kids and classmates will love their crafted surprise. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Pretty Paper Flowers
Use color and patterned paper flowers add style to Valentine's Day gifts, attire and hairpieces. All you need is paper, scissors and a hot-glue gun to churn out these blooming beauties. Get the step-by-step instructions on DIYNetwork.com.
Doily Dream Catcher
Use meaningful, secondhand pieces to create a one-of-a-kind dream catcher for a loved one. Pretty decorative accessories, like feathers, stones and heirloom jewelry, will make the perfect customized gift. Get the step-by-step instructions.
Playful Cupcake Toppers
Give homemade cupcakes an even sweeter touch with personalized toppers. Cut out heart shapes, add a message for your valentine and embellish with rhinestones, glitter or ribbon. Get the step-by-step instructions.