While there are many who declare that Valentine’s Day is ‘too commercial’ , I have a soft spot for the day. Not because I receive lots of hearts and flowers and cards. In fact quite the opposite. It is my eldest chick’s birthday and her father declared that this meant that we couldn’t possibly celebrate Valentine’s Day as it would detract from her special day (!!) With her birthday as the focus, I have a range of different heart shaped cake tins collected at garage sales etc and she loves her heart shaped cake each year. So it is a special day for me. However I also like the concept that there is a day that allows people who love each other to be reminded that saying it to the person they love, or treating the person they love to a present, is a good thing. Not everyone has a relationship that involves daily gestures of love and romance, so a bit of an annual prompt can’t be a bad thing!
Before getting too far into a debate that I don’t want to have, instead I bring you a small collection of ideas for crafts that you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with something you have made with love. The great thing about many of these tutorials is that they can also be used for other celebrations or occasions by simply changing the materials, or the colours.
The first is a paper garland of hearts. It was originally made as a fourth of July garland but could really be used for any celebration – and using colours that you and your special someone love would make it a great Valentine’s Day celebration.
The next is a delightful idea to make your own dice, and to use hearts instead of ‘dots’. The tutorial, on the website Design Sponge also has ideas on the puns you can use when presenting the dice as a present!
I discovered these gorgeous little Amurigami crochet hearts on the site RoxyCraft – their tag line is ‘patterns that don’t suck’. I love it! The potential to make these for all sorts of occasions is huge – but as a Valentine’s Day crochet pattern I think they are a winner!
For some simple ideas, beautifully executed, take a look at the site Sew Jane Work where Holly has a tutorial for making a tote and a pencil box decorated with hearts.
Vanessa at V and Co has a beautiful collection of tutorials on her site, but it was this gorgeous ruffled heart pillow that caught my eye – a combination of reverse appliqué and ruffles to make a beautiful pillow. (And of course, you could adapt it to other occasions by using different shapes for the cut out!)
(While you are there have a look at her patterns – her heart quilt is beautiful!)
A group of bloggers created a linkup party last year with 14 days of love and on day 4 JoJo and Eloise provided a tutorial for making a simple heart shaped pouch. A lovely simple gift to make, with many uses, including as a way of presenting another gift! From this tutorial you can click through to the other Valentine themed ideas from that collection.
A different use of felt results in these gorgeous Valentine’s envelopes from Shop Bonne Nouvelle.
Once again I can imagine different uses throughout the year for both little people and big!
And then combining the two ideas into one great gift DesignSponge has this tutorial for a stuffed heart with an outside pocket.
Felt hearts with a different twist are found in the tutorial from Food ‘n’ Femininity on how to make heart coasters.
These Lego hearts are perfect for the geek-love in your life.
Beautiful free printables to create your own Valentine’s cards or gifts can be found at the gorgeous blog Design is Yay where Wita has made some shabby chic money envelopes that cover both Chinese New Year (today!!) and Valentines Day.
As usual I am not the first blogger to collect ideas on DIY Valentine’s gifts, so do have a look at these links if you haven’t found your inspiration in this list.
For even more Valentine ideas gathered in one spot have a look at my Pinterest board – a little bird made me’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board