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.

Paper Heart Chandelier

Valentine's Day Paper Heart Garland

Valentine's Day Paper Heart Garland

This paper heart garland is easy to make and is the perfect way to add a touch of whimsy above your dining table.

Add a whimsical touch to your dining table with these hanging garlands.

Wood Slice Art

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HGTV Handmade's Meg Allan Cole shows how to make a simple, eye-catching painted heart wall accent.

Simple painted hearts add a delicate touch to rustic wood slices. Hang them on the wall with strips of suede.

Hugs + Kisses Pillow

Handmade Heart Pillow

Handmade Heart Pillow

Follow our easy step-by-step instructions for this cute, handmade heart pillow for Valentine's Day.

No sewing skills required to make this sweet, one-of-a-kind accessory.

Yarn-Wrapped Wreath

DIY Valentine's Heart Wreath

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.

Photo by: J. Muckle

J. Muckle

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.

Kissing Ball

Hang this floral ornament under a doorway or in front of a window for a lovely splash of color.

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder

Valentines for the Birds

Valentines for the Birds

Learn how to make a tasty treat to spoil your winter visitors.

Your feathered friends will appreciate this special treat. Hang it outside and watch the birds flock to your yard.

Cupid's Arrow Wreath

DIY Cupid's Arrow Valentine's Day Wreath

DIY Cupid's Arrow Valentine's Day Wreath

Follow our instructions to create this cute, simple Cupid's Arrow Wreath just in time for Valentine's Day!

Photo by: Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Add some sparkle to your front door or mantel with this sequin and glitter-embellished wreath.

Love Letters

Chipboard Love Letters

Chipboard Love Letters

Create "love" letters for your Valentine's Day party by covering chipboard letters in various scrapbook paper prints.

Made of decorative paper and inexpensive chipboard letters, this project would look great as a banner or displayed on a mantel. 

Ombre Cork Heart



Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

If you've been saving up wine corks for the perfect craft, put them to good use with this project from HGTV Magazine.

Paper Chain

Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Garland

Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Garland

Use strips of colored paper to create a heart shaped paper chain.

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

Rennai Hoefer, ten22 studio 2013

Whip up this quick paper heart chain for an adorable photo backdrop.

Make This: Paper Heart Chain

Ombre Candles

Learn how to make an ombre candle for Valentine's Day, wedding decor or favors, or special events.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Use red and pink crayons to achieve layers of color in varying shades.

Make This: Ombre Candles

Window Clings

Make DIY Stained Glass Window Clings

Make DIY Stained Glass Window Clings

Valentine's Day stained glass window cling craft for toddlers and kids.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

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.

Fringed Heart Pinata

Creating a custom pinata for any occasion is easier than you think.

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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.

Paper Heart Garland/Chandelier

Sew paper hearts together to create a whimsical chandelier that will certainly help set the mood during a romantic meal for two. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Glitter Champagne Flutes

Dress up your Valentine's Day dinner by adding a little sparkle to basic champagne flutes. Set them out for special occasions — or just because. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Jeff Romaniuk

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.

Sequin-Covered Cupid's Arrow Wreath

Not sure how to say "be mine"? Let this sequin-covered wreath do the talking. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

Love Letters

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.

Etched Wineglasses

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

Love Bugs

Use fabric scraps to make these stuffed heart-shaped love bugs that are small enough to fit inside your little one's lunchbox. Get the step-by-step instructions from

Heart-Shaped Wreath

Wrap thick yarn around a heart-shaped foam wreath, and create an arrow embellishment using a dowel rod and felt pieces. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: J. Muckle

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

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

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

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer ©ten22 studio 2013

His + Her Throw Pillows

You'll never have to claim your side of the bed ever again with these personalized his-and-her throw pillows. Get the step-by-step instructions on

Doily Treat Cup for Kids

Turn inexpensive paper doilies into sweet treat cups perfect for filling with candy or a cupcake. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Hand-Dyed Bouquet

You can never go wrong with flowers. Give them a handmade touch by hand-dying a bouquet in your sweetheart's favorite color(s). Get the step-by-step instructions.

Neon-Dipped Flowerpot

Dress up a simple ceramic flowerpot with bold and colorful neon paint. Use painter's tape to add color to just the bottom for a color-block look. Add their favorite flower or succulent to brighten up a cold winter garden.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel

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.

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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.

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