Need some last-minute Valentine’s inspiration? The sweetheart day is less than a week away, and you might be in panic mode without something handmade and special for your sweetie(s). Fear not, here is an uber-helpful roundup of some fabulous last-minute Valentine gifts that you can whip up in the short time that’s left. Shhh… your Valentine need never know.
DIY Last-Minute Valentine Gifts
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1. Vintage paper heart garland
Let’s start with my project. Inspired by some projects on Etsy, I wanted to add my vintage spin to it. This super cute vintage paper heart garland was the perfect last-minute project. All that was required was pretty paper cut into heart shapes and stitched together; however, instead of hand cutting all these hearts, I used the Silhouette Cameo. In minutes, I had 66 heart shapes ready for assembly.
I first printed several sheets of 110-lb. white cardstock with various vintage papers and images from my top three favorite sources for all things vintage and romantic:
I printed on both sides of each sheet for a double-sided effect and then cut the shapes out.
I also cut some book pages into heart shapes. My favorite book for crafting is an old Danielle Steel novel. The text is dense and perfect for small shapes. And for those of you who might gasp that I’m cutting up a book, look at it as recycling something that might well have ended up in the dumpster. (I think I paid $2 for it at a flea market.)
Once all the hearts were cut out, I inked all the edges with Vintage Photo distress inks to get rid of the white core that cutting white paper reveals. I then stacked 3 hearts to each bundle (with a book page heart in between) and sewed them down the middle in assembly line fashion, leaving a few “empty” stitches between each heart bundle for drapeability. (Is “drapeability” even a word?)
To finish things off, I attached a ribbon loop with bows at the top, and some beads at the bottom for weight. This adorable heart folds perfectly to fit into the Vintage Valentine Pillow Box I shared with you a couple of weeks ago, making a perfect interactive Valentine gift. But you don’t need the box, which took a little longer to make. Just make the garland and tuck it into some pretty tissue.
2. DIY Gift Jar
These cute Mason Treat Jars from Home Fresh Ideas put the fun in functional. And they’re lightning fast to make, too. If you have a cutting machine like my Silhouette, this can go together in mere minutes! (Substitute M&M’s for me, please.) Other easy treat ideas are Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (without Powdered Milk) from Berly’s Kitchen, Disney’s Frozen Inspired White Hot Chocolate Mix from Wheel’n Deal Mama, and ooo la la, The Best Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce in the World from Jenni Field’s Fearless in the Kitchen website. ALL of these treats, by the way, would look great in those cute mason jars.
And while this last item is not exactly a last-minute project, it DOES make a perfect quick and easy gift when you have some on hand. I’m talking about Positively Jane’s homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe. Sure, you need to put the two (that’s 2!) ingredients together at least 2-3 months in advance. But like money in the bank, it’s there when you need that last-minute panic gift. And vanilla, which costs a king’s ransom in stores, is positively decadent to give a favorite friend or family member. You’ll be a gift giving rock star. (They don’t need to know how cheap and easy it really is.)
Jane packages her vanilla in these amber bottles. And she even provides cute downloadable labels for that professional touch.
3. For the organization wizards
When it comes to last-minute gifting, printables are the way to go.
How about some new planner stickers to go in a snazzy new dot grid bullet journal for your favorite journaler? Starting with these Free Printable Sweater Weather Planner Stickers from Lovely Planner. Maybe you have a southwestern theme going, in which case these Prickly Cactus Planner Stickers in soft southwestern colors from Vintage Glam Studio might be the ticket. Or how about stickers in pretty Easter egg colors? Partymazing brings you these Free Kawaii Printable Planner Stickers in soothing colors. And for a summer theme, these Free Printable Summer Planner Stickers from Planning Inspired have got you covered.
Gardeners will love the watercolor images of the Floral Printable Sticker Freebie From Design Lovely Studio. They also offer another summertime sticker theme with their Summertime Stickers in luscious colors.
4. DIY last-minute Valentine gifts for gardeners
Now here’s a subject dear to my heart – planting and growing things. Whether it’s flowers, vegetables or baby chicks, growing things is one of the most productive pastimes of all. Especially since you can eat (many of) the fruits of your labors! (And fuzzy little chicks are nothing short of ADORBS!)
Let’s start with The Cottage Market’s Gardener’s Scrub. Citrus, herbs, coconut oil and Kosher salt, plus a few other ingredients combine into an invigorating cleanser/conditioner for garden-weary hands. Andrea generously includes printable labels for two sizes of mason jar lids.
Here’s a brilliant idea, and one you can craft in an afternoon – Easy Homemade Paint Stick Garden Markers, from Happy Hooligans. A little craft paint, some paint stir sticks from the hardware store and a Sharpie will have you turning these markers out in no time. And they’re a great project for kids! Wrap a few of these in a decorative towel with a small potted herb for a charming, thoughtful gift.
And of course, everyone knows about painted rocks. But have you ever used them for garden markers? Let Jackie over at Happy Hooligans show you how to make rocks that POP with her Painted Rock Garden Markers. Another fun project for kids, they almost look like a theater marquee!
Here’s another hand scrub, this one fragrant with lemon and lavender. This scrub comes together in minutes and is super cheap to make. Put it in a cute jar and call it an elegant, extravagant gift. Petro at Easy Peasy Creative shares this recipe for DIY Hand Scrub with Lemon & Lavender. You’ll probably want some for your kitchen, too, to get rid of those lovely odors when you chop onions or handle fish. (Ew.)
Here’s an idea from The Micro Gardener – a fun, low-cost (like, real cheap!) Garden in a Box. Just grab one of those polystyrene boxes from your local grocer (vegetables come in them) and paint it to suit the recipient’s personality. Include a packet or three of seeds and a small bag of potting soil, and you’ll present a perfect child’s garden, salad garden or herb garden. And it goes together lickety split.
5. For the guys – quick and easy gifts that he’ll actually like
For guys with beards, this DIY Beard Oil Recipe from Retro Housewife Goes Green is the answer to their prayers. Customized with essential oils to suit their tastes, this beard oil will soothe itchy skin. With just two ingredients and a small glass bottle with dropper, this grooming product goes together in mere seconds. And it’s dirt cheap to boot. No more splurging on pricey brands who charge for their fancy schmancy packaging.
For the guy who loves to grill, this Gift-in-a- Jar BBQ Rub from The Country Chic Cottage is the gift he’ll reach for again and again. Package it in a mason jar, tie some twine around the lid then use the fun graphics that Angie so generously provides to make the lid labels. Let the kids help mix the ingredients and make this a family affair!
I don’t usually think “cute” when I think of gifts for guys, but this one takes the cake. How about a Beer Sampler in a Crate? Technically, it’s a Root Beer Sampler dreamed up by Brandy over at Gluesticks; however, if your guy is more into hops than sassafras (cuz that’s what makes root beer so… root beery), then a beer sampler might be right up his alley. Or sub any beverage of choice. But how fun – 6 different bottles in one cute crate! Talk about a great last-minute gift…
For the guy who loves comics and superheroes, this DIY Pen & Pencil Cup from Mod Podge Rocks is the answer to a great last-minute gift from the kids. Just take a cheap pencil cup from Target and decoupage vintage comic book scraps onto it. Better yet, use a repurposed soup can. There – DIY doesn’t get any easier than that.
Last but not least, we have a recipe that looks good enough to eat, but don’t – it’s for your guy’s face instead. Shaina at Food for My Family created an exhilarating Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream that looks all the world like rich whipped cream. She pairs it with a story so cleverly written that it’s worth reading even if your man doesn’t need the cream. I could read her writing all day long.
And that, my lovely, rounds up this selection of quick and easy DIY last-minute gifts. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or National Cupcake Day, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Now it’s your turn
Leave me a note in the comments section and tell me what your favorite last-minute DIY gift is. Tag me on Instagram, or come over to the G&B Facebook page and tell me about it. I LOVE reading the stories “behind the scenes!”
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