Valentine’s Day, the patron saint of all lovers, attracts with the opportunity to reveal their feelings to a loved one in the most beautiful way, or to remind those who have been married for a long time about them. It is noteworthy that for this celebration it is not at all necessary to buy expensive gifts and jewelry – it is much more symbolic to make a present with your own hands, investing in it a piece of your love and care. In our article we will look at various ideas on how to make a gift for February 14, so that it will leave pleasant feelings and memories for a long time..
7 DIY gift ideas for February 14
1. Decorative pillow
A handmade pillow is not only a beautiful, memorable, but also a necessary item, so you will never go wrong with such a gift. There are various manufacturing options – you can sew the whole pillow in the shape of a heart or in a standard shape using white, pink, red fabric, and then start decorating it.
As a decoration, you can sew on hearts, the first letters of the name, process the perimeter with graceful lace. One of the interesting options is a pillow with a pillowcase, which displays a love confession. The base-pillow can be purchased in the store or sewn on your own, stuffed with a soft padding polyester.
The main element of such a gift will be a pillowcase, over which you will have to work hard. For manufacturing, you will need white fabric without drawings and prints. Following the pattern and the dimensions of the pillow, prepare the two halves, but do not sew. On the front side of one of them, write your own message in verses, which should be picked up in advance. When the fabric dries well, you can add a decoration to the message, for example, in the form of a fabric heart-pocket, as shown in the photo. Sew the pillowcase around the perimeter, and put a valentine card in the pocket. Such a present will definitely not leave your soul mate indifferent.!
2. “Heart” soap
As a beautiful and useful gift, you can make a pretty soap yourself, filling it with useful ingredients with aromatic oils. To make soap, you need to purchase a soap base, which is often supplied with aroma oils and dyes. You will also need the appropriate molds, spray alcohol and a kindling saucepan. Soap base can be white or transparent – the choice will depend on the desired end result. Alternatively, you can use baby soap..
So, we cut the soap base into pieces, put it in a saucepan and heat it in a water bath or in the microwave. When the mass is melted, add a dye, a few drops of aromatic oil at your discretion, a cosmetic fragrance and quickly mix thoroughly. The molds must be treated with alcohol, filled with a soapy mixture and set to harden. Next, we take out the finished soap and pack it beautifully.
The considered method is the simplest. If you have already understood the principle and learned how to make an elementary bar of soap, you can try more complex options, for example, make a beautiful white soap with a red heart. To do this, you need small heart molds and a large rectangular one. First, we make small hearts – you need to melt some of the soap mass, add oils and red dye. Pour the finished mixture into molds, wait until they solidify and remove. Then again we melt part of the mass, add aromatic oils, perfumery fragrances. Pour the finished mixture into a rectangular shape treated with alcohol, and put one or two red hearts (depending on the size), leave it to harden for several hours.
3. A confession gift
Originally designed declarations of love will be a pleasant surprise for your partner. First, you need to write on a piece of paper all the good words with which you want to please your partner (partner), so that later you do not get confused and do not repeat yourself. Cut out small rectangles from a sheet of white paper, on each of which we write a confession. We roll up the leaves in the form of scrolls, tie each one with a string.
Next, choose a container – you can use a regular liter jar, decorating it with paper hearts or using the decoupage technique, pasting it with a beautiful napkin. You can take a box of chocolates or cookies as packaging. Another interesting option is to purchase a large package of tea bags, to each of which you attach one scroll or envelope with a confession. Such a gift will remind your soulmate for a long time about your warm and sincere feelings..
Another necessary thing that you can do with your own hands in the form of a pretty heart. The simplest option is to make a voluminous heart from dense fabric. First you need to draw and cut out a template from cardboard, transfer it to fabric (leather) and cut out two identical figures. Next, we sew them along the edge, leaving a small gap on top, fill with padding polyester, foam rubber or unnecessary scraps of fabric. Do not forget to sew on the loop to which the key ring will be attached. You can decorate the keychain with beads, lace or embroider warm words intended for your loved one..
5. Valentine postcard
Postcards have long been an attribute of any holiday. For Valentine’s Day, you can make a beautiful valentine card to your loved one, fill it with warm words and confessions.
For work, you will need a sheet of red cardboard, thin strips of pink or white paper, scissors, glue and felt-tip pens (marker, pen) to write congratulatory text. A sheet of cardboard must be bent in half and cut out the heart so that it can open, as shown in the photo. Next, on thin strips of paper, we make small cuts to draw up lush flowers. Each strip prepared in this way must be wound with a slight incline on a thin stick (you can use an ordinary brush), processing the edge with glue. Remove the workpiece and fluff up the “petals”, bending them to the sides. We glue each flower to the postcard around the perimeter.
When the flower row is completely finished, you can fill the empty interior space with imitation stems, using the remnants of thin strips of paper. Next, we open our craft and already on the inner sides we write to our loved one about our sincere feelings.
6. A toy made of natural flowers
Such a gift by February 14 will be an excellent alternative to the usual bouquet, of course, it will delight and surprise any representative of the fairer sex. With proper care, the toy may not lose its aesthetic qualities for up to three weeks, and it is not so difficult to make it. You can choose a character at your own discretion or after learning about the preferences of her future mistress. It can be a cute teddy bear, kitten or other animal, but if you are going to make a toy for the first time, it is better not to tackle complicated options..
For work, you will need the following accessories: a floral sponge, wire or wooden sticks (for fastening parts), a knife, glue, a stand and, of course, flowers (hyacinths, carnations, and others). It is necessary to cut out all the details of the toy from the sponge, so to speak, the body. Next, we fasten them together using floristic wire or wooden sticks, greased with glue. The finished figure must be thoroughly moistened, put in a container and wait until excess water drains. At this time, you can prepare the buds by cutting them obliquely so that two to three centimeters of the stem remain. Now, one at a time, stick the flowers into the sponge until we completely form the toy..
When giving a gift, do not forget to remind about how to properly care for the present. The toy needs to be thoroughly moistened with water every day: pour a thin stream of water on top until water seeps out from below, and with a thin syringe “nourish” small parts (arms, legs, tail, etc.).
7. Sweet gifts
Indulge your soul mate with delicious, hand-made sweets, because purchased items will never be compared to homemade delicacies. If you are good enough with the oven and dough, you can bake a cake. Better to use a tried and tested recipe to make sure you get a truly masterpiece. You can use fruits and berries as decoration. Chocolate lace will look beautiful on the cake. Preparing them will not be difficult: you need to melt the chocolate (without nuts and other fillers), fill the syringe with the mixture and squeeze the desired pattern onto the parchment. Complex compositions can be drawn on paper in advance and the chocolate mixture can be poured along the outlined contour. The parchment is left in a cool place until the chocolate hardens, carefully removed and transferred to the cake.
An easier option is to make heart candies using melted chocolate as well. You can add additional ground nuts, raisins, chopped dried apricots or prunes. Prepare silicone molds in advance, pour the mass into them and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes. Then carefully remove.
Another simple, but quite tasty and effective dessert is jelly hearts. For manufacturing, you will need a pack of jelly (raspberry, strawberry or cherry), water, heart-shaped molds, frozen berries, coconut chips for decoration. We prepare the jelly according to the instructions on the package. Sprinkle the molds with coconut (chocolate) chips and pour in the cooled jelly mixture. For beauty, you can add a berry to each form. We put the containers in the refrigerator until they solidify completely. Next – we extract the finished desserts and lightly sprinkle with coconut again.
DIY gifts for February 14 – photo ideas
More ideas for making gifts for February 14 are presented in our photo gallery. Here you can find a variety of samples of finished works: postcards, toys and many beautiful useful things. Happy viewing!