10 Easy To Make DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations and Gift Ideas

DIY VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. There is something about the bright cheery colors of red & pink, and all the fun things to make around this theme that makes my heart happy. In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 simple DIY Valentine’s projects I have made over the years that I think you may enjoy making.

I think another reason I am fond of this holiday, is that it’s one of the few times my mother would write me a little personal note and leave it with a little box of chocolates or a Valentine’s treat on my pillow.

As silly as it may seem, I still do that for my kiddos even though they are adults and no longer at home. If they live close enough, I like to leave their treat on the porch, ring the bell and hide. It’s just a fun, quirky tradition that I do. Of course, they come to find my husband and me hiding in the bushes or behind the car.

I’d love to hear what fun Valentine’s traditions you have. Leave a comment below.

1- DIY Valentine’s Day Pillowcase

There is nothing better than a cozy new pillowcase. In this tutorial, I show you how to make a basic pillowcase and how to make one with a cute contrasting fabric cuff. (Using the burrito method).

The post includes all the directions, a measurement guide, and of course, a video tutorial to go with it.

diy valentine's dayIf you haven’t seen my new DIY LOVE LABEL PDF, where you can make your own EDITABLE LABELS, check them out.

These labels look really cute on a pillowcase!

GET THE FILE HERE

 

2- Beaded Coasters

This is a fun little DIY Valentine’s day project that you can use up some of your UPCYCLED SWEATER SCRAPS. You can also make them using regular felt. I show you how to add a beaded trim around the edges that really add a lot of charm to the coasters.

LEARN HOW HERE

diy valentine's paint chip bookmarks

3- DIY Valentine’s Day Paint Chip Bookmark

I have always loved the paint chip sample displays at the hardware stores. All the different shades of color printed on paper draws me in and makes me curious about what I could do with those strips of paper.

In this tutorial, I show you how you can take these little gems of colorful paper and make a fun Valentine’s bookmark. This is a very simple and quick craft that is kid-friendly and something unique that you can give as a valentine.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S DAY

4- DIY Fabric Gift Bags

If you’re new to sewing, this is a great beginner sewing project. These fabric bags can be made in any size. They make really cute DIY Valentine’s gift bags. Throw in some Valentine’s treats or a gift and cinch it up.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S FELT HEART LOLLIPOP

5- Sweater Heart Hand Warmers

These little heart rice bags really do work quite well. Just pop them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and place them in your coat pockets. They are a great thing to send your kids off to school with or take in the car on the way to work.

So……go to your felted sweater, fleece, or flannel stash and pick out some cute, bright colors and get to work. They are easy to mail and are a cute gift to add to your Valentine’s day card.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND FREE PATTERN HERE

6- DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Branches

Looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s craft and decoration? These heart branches are the most charming holiday decoration and are a great way to add a bright, happy pop of color to your home in the dead of winter. They are super easy to make and there aren’t a lot of supplies and materials needed.

GET THE WRITTEN & VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS HERE

7- Paper Heart Garlands: Made From Recycled Magazines

These paper heart garlands are easy to make and only require a few supplies. Best of all, this is a project where you can recycle. (I love re-purposing items). You can create such unique items when recycling, and these paper hearts are just that, one of a kind!

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

8- Heart Lollipops: Made with Upcycled Sweaters & Felt

I am always looking for new things to make using my favorite felted wool sweater scraps, and these heart lollipops are the cutest!

It’s a quick little DIY Valentine’s project that you can whip up in no time at all. Trust me, you won’t be able to make just one.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S PIPE CLEANER HEARTS

9- DIY Valentine’s Day Pipe Cleaner Toppers

This is such an adorable idea that I’m going to try it this year. This is a fun craft project using PIPE CLEANERS.

Pipe cleaners are another one of my favorite craft items that I love to use. (I have a whole box of them in different colors and I use them for a lot of different projects).

Check out this tutorial on “THE SWEETEST OCCASION”

10- How To Make Charming Heart Gift Tags and Heart Garland With Upcycled Sweater Scraps

I hope you’ve been saving your felted wool sweater scraps. If not, NO WORRIES, these charming heart gift tags can be made using colored felt as well.

DIY VALENTINE'S heart gift tagsI show you how to easily cut out a small heart freehand, a few ways you can apply it to a card, and show you how to sew several hearts together to make a HEART GARLAND.

GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE

Oh boy, I could go on and on and show you more things to make, but I’m going to stop with these 10 projects. Of course, you can always do a search on my blog for more ideas.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful and inspire you to take some “ME TIME” and make something fun.

Have fun crafting!

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Sweater Mittens – Easy Sewing Project for Your Favorite Valentine!

sweater mittens

Valentine’s day is upon us and these sweater mittens are a great sewing project for your favorite Valentine!

Keep your hands warm with style!

For those of you who follow me, you know how much I love making things with upcycled wool sweaters. Mittens are one of my most favorite things to make.

I have two different mitten patterns. One is for adults and a large child. The other pattern is for children and infants. The patterns are in PDF format and you can download them INSTANTLY.

Not sure which size you will need? Check out this post which will help you measure the hand you are sewing to get the correct size.

sweater mittens size chart

Adult Size sweater mitten pattern

The pattern includes adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XX small (child size large).

Infant & Child sweater mitten pattern

We can’t forget the little hands!

Same cozy design as the adult sizes, but this pattern has been modified for small hands, including a basic infant mitten without the thumbs. Made for hands smaller than 5 inches.

Where can you get the sweater mitten patterns?

The easy-to-follow, printable sweater mittens pattern can be purchased here in my SHOP, or in my Etsy shop.
 

Is it easier for you to learn by watching a video tutorial?

I’ve got you covered with this video tutorial! I have three platforms where this video is available.
  •  Skillshare. Read more about it here. (Skillshare membership required).
  • YouTube  
 
For information on how to measure your hand correctly, you can check out the post here.
 
If you are interested in making some other upcycled sweater projects, you can check these out.
 
 
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Upcycled Sweater Hearts

I love Valentine’s Day!

Here is another idea for you to use up some of your old sweaters, and better yet, the scraps from your other upcycled projects.

These sweater hearts are way easy to make, you’ll have a bunch made up in no time.

The pattern comes with directions and a pattern for both the regular heart and patchwork heart.  

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

Cut out fabric pieces using sweaters of your choice.

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

With Right Sides Together (RST) sew piece 1 to piece 2.  Open that up and place pattern piece 3 (RST) and sew together.

If you want to hang your sweater hearts, baste a ribbon, jute, or thick string on the right side of the heart back piece.

Gather the string or ribbon up and pin it in the center of the heart, so it won’t get caught in the seam.

Place the pieced heart top to the bottom piece (RST) and pin in place.  Sew all the way around leaving about a 2″ opening to stuff the heart.

Turn inside out and stuff firmly.

With a needle and thread, slip stitch opening closed.

Ta Dah!

Sew a bunch up for all your Valentine’s, or just fill a basket full of hearts for a fun holiday decoration!

 

Here are some other fun DIY Valentine gift ideas.

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