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Unique DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men

Nicole and Bianca CuteDIYprojects Blogger Bored of chocolates and roses? Give your relationship a much-needed boost this Valentine’s Day with these unique DIY gifts for him. There’s everything from do-it-yourself candles, homemade crafts, and gifts you won’t be able to find in your local store…

1. Romantic surprise with flour hearts

Romantic surprise with flour hearts

Create a unique Valentine’s card for the special one in your life this year with these flour hearts. Create the card by cutting out a heart shape on a piece of colored card and add flour for a striking visual effect. You will be amazed to know that this card also doubles up as a super romantic floor art – all thanks to the step where you sprinkle lots of flour on the card using it as stencil, and the cut-out creates a perfect heart-shaped layer of flour on the grass when you remove the sheet of paper. Use the technique to craft a heart loaded pathway that helps him to reach you, or simply let the whole surface scream how much he means to you by working up the hearts all over the grass After all, how about letting him know that he is cherished and loved with every footstep he takes?

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2. A jar of reasons why you love him

A jar of reasons why you love him

Decorate a small glass jar with ribbons, felt hearts, and other decorative items. This unique gift can be added to a shelf as a decorative piece, and can be customized with a personal message from you. How this inspiration by DIY Enthusiasts works up the decor involves wrapping the jar with lots of twine with a black button in the middle. The button keeps a heart-shaped felt cut out in place, while the jar itself houses loads of little pieces of paper. Each of the pieces of folded paper is going to bring a smile to your special one’s face as it explains a reason why you are in love with him. Simply grab some plain paper and write the reasons in bright red paper, folding the sheets and dropping them into the jar. Nothing can be better than expressing everything about him that makes you adore him all by yourself.

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3. Tea bag hearts

Tea-bag-hearts

Create your own heart-shaped tea bags and present them to your Valentine this year. Use your favorite teas like Early Grey, English Breakfast or Green Tea for an extra sweet treat. To get started, you are going to need coffee filters or fillable tea bags, a thread, a pair of scissors, store-bought tea, colored sheet of paper, a sewing needle, a pencil and a teaspoon. Even that little tag for your tea bag comes with a pretty heart shape and is crafted out of colored paper. The steps of construction are showcased with this super easy pictorial tutorial shared by DIY Enthusiasts. Not only will this gift treat him to his favorite tea flavours every morning, but is also going to remind him of you the moment he grabs that hot cup of beverage before kickstarting his day!

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4. Miniature Valentine’s notebooks

Miniature Valentine's notebooks

If you’re partner enjoys writing notes, these miniature notebooks will provide the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. They can be hand-made and attached with decorative elements of your choice for an extra special touch. The key is to bind small rectangular pieces of paper together, further putting cardboard and patterned paper to use for making its cover. While this one goes for a metallic black chain having shiny beads attached at its ends to hang the notebook, you can also craft it into a wonderful keychain. Another great idea is to write your memories shared with him in the pages of the notebook and then present it to him as a surprise. Taking the first glance at these minis, he wouldn’t even know it’s not just another tiny notebook to keep as a memoir or make quick notes, but a beautiful description of the lovely love story the two of you share.

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5. Homemade chocolate cupcakes

Homemade chocolate cupcakes

These heart-shaped chocolate cupcakes not only show your partner how much you care, but are delicious too. Use your favorite recipes and give to your loved one on the big day. While these cupcakes are a classic dark chocolate moistness that melts in the mouth almost instantly, you can always go for your man’s preferred flavours. Once you bake the cake to perfection, bring out the perfect heart shape with the help of cookie cutters or you can simply pour the cake batter into heart-shaped muffin tins. The icing on the cake here is those adorable cupcake toppers looking like a tiny heart or an arrow, put together using colored paper, toothpicks and some tape. Whip up a batch of these drool-worthy individual treats and let them be your Valentine’s after-dinner dessert, crafted all by yourself – specially for him!

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6. Personalized photo frame

Personalized photo frame

Create a photo frame that you can’t buy in the store. Just use spray paint to create a unique pattern, and include your favorite photo of you as a couple. What the picture frame sports is a huge heart-shaped cut-out having one of your precious memories together as its backdrop. That two-in-one goodness of the frame is totally going to steal his heart – whether it’s that picture housed inside or the exterior that’s a stunning combination of Valentine-perfect colors, i.e. red and white. The striped pattern is a piece of cake to create, calling for just a simple masking of the pattern using some tape and spray paint. For extra touches of beauty, put a string of heart-shaped pattern paper around the frame when you place it on the bed side table, the mantel or the study desk.

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7. Printable bread wrappers

Printable bread wrappers

This one-of-a-kind gift can be fun to create if you are a fan of arts and crafts. Design your own Valentine’s-themed bread wrappers and attach them to your partner’s favorite bread for a breakfast that they will never forget…The wrappers reach new levels of awesomeness when they house a loaf of homemade bread oozing with a flavour that delights your man’s taste buds. The key is to wrap the loaf with a cellophane sheet and attach the printable wrappers to it with the help of some clear tape. The below guide by Thirty Handmade Days not only explains the steps to working the wrappers up, but also shares the pretty printables for these Valentine’s Day bread jackets, making it all the way easier for you to forge the project. In fact, these luxurious looking wrappers don’t need to be limited to the occasion itself, you can reuse them for days to come!

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8. Love letters

Love letters

Are you a fan of embroidery? If so, you will be able to design your very own love letters using back stitching. These love letters are easy to stitch, and can then be framed using a photo frame of your choice. Instead of paper, the letter is drafted on a printed fabric which is wrapped and glued around a cardboard. Speaking of the color scheme, you can either stick to the neutrals such as white and brown as showcased in the guide, or go for much brighter hues to get it all done. Thirty Handmade Days not only explains the technique to make a back stitch, but also takes you through the detailed process to make the design using backstitching, further transforming the letter into a gorgeously framed love message. Capturing letters into frames is surely something not everyone has done, and that’s what makes this inspiration quite an out-of-the-box something!

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9. ‘On The Hour’ gift envelopes

'On The Hour' gift envelopes

If you’re struggling to think of the perfect gift for your loved one, how about several throughout the day? In fact, you can present envelopes to your partner every 14 hours with these handmade envelopes. Create your own labels to attach to each envelope and organize the gifts throughout the day. Place a lovely card for each of the hour or simply house small gifts in the envelopes, for example small gift cards to his favorite restaurants, book store or a cafe; some romantic love notes; photographs the two of you together; or even little candies. What works as the basis for the organization for the labels is the time of the day when each of the envelope is meant to be presented to him. The labels are 2 inch x 4 inch Avery shipping labels that you can find at any office supply store, plus you have also got an “On The Hour” stickers collection that you can print and use for your very own versions of the envelopes – all shared in the below tutorial by Thirty Handmade Days.

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10. Love potion kits

Love potion kits

You can mix up your favorite ‘love potions’ and present them in glass jars that have been decorated with ribbons, bows, straws and other items. And that’s because Valentine’s Day seems to be the most appropriate occasion of the year to cast a magical spell on your special someone. To put the potions together, you are going to need just a handful of readily available supplies including some pomegranate juice,a few glass bottles of 7-up, some mason jar for glasses, a few striped paper straws, a heart ice cube tray, and some printables for Love Potion Kit offered in the incredible guide below by Thirty Handmade Days. I started with a plain wooden crate, available at most craft supply stores. I painted the box red and white using spray paint.  I love adding paper confetti to a wooden crate.

11. Valentine’s baskets

Valentine's baskets

Fill up a basket full of small gifts that your partner will enjoy. Think CDs, DVDs, books, socks, and other small items that can be presented in an attractive and visually stunning way in your basket. The first awesome thing about this one is the totally no-mess affair that it is – all you need to do is assemble the different items together in an eye-pleasing fashion with a dose of personalisation, while the second amazing fact is spectrum of possibilities it comes with in terms of the different gift items. A ‘Vow’ printable is the star element of this basket, wherein he will note down all his promises for you, while the other amazing stuff that the author puts in the cute mint basket includes a Visa gift card to use on dinner, “The Vow” DVD, lots of candies, some popcorn, and a few bath goodies.

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12. Chalkboard painted mugs

Chalkboard painted mugs

Now your partner can enjoy their favorite beverages in these hand-made mugs. Think of a special design that signifies your relationship, or include a meaningful quote or personalized message. And that cute message by his special someone is going to make these mugs stand out from all other store for him -bought mugs that top the list of Valentine’s presents out there. Not to forget, the layer of chalkboard paint applied on the mugs allows you to go for a new custom message everyday, transforming even the most regular of days into Valentine’s Day. To get started with the project, you are going to need a few Dollar Tree mugs, Painter’s tape, freezer paper, 220 grit sandpaper, rubbing alcohol, a cotton swab or clean rag, wet rag or wipes, shape scissors and hole punch, regular scissors, porcelain chalkboard paint, disposable cup, foam brush, and X-acto knife.

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13. Custom beer bottles

Custom beer bottles

Add a special touch to your partner’s favorite drinks with custom labels that can be attached to ale and cider bottles. Think of unique quotes or a special message for each bottle, and then place them in the fridge. To make your very own editions to the bottle labels, you begin with cutting pieces of cardstock into an appropriate size for labels, further making some clever beer slogans, and lastly, printing them out on card stock. Next comes the part where you adorn each of the labels with a few decorative touches using some craft foam, stickers or even puffy paint to add so much more dimension to the bottles. We bet that Valentine’s Day glassful of beer would seem to be a lot more delicious when the bottle comes with such gorgeous homemade labels expressing your love for him at its best.

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14. Valentine’s light bulb

Valentine's light bulb

Using wire and wood scrap, you too can design your very own Valentine’s light bulb. This gift can be placed on the bedside table, and used for reading or writing when in bed. The first step towards building the bulb is to hollow out a regular lightbulb, adoring it with a cute love note written exclusively for your special someone, and voila! The breathtaking part about the bulb is those two tiny hearts made out of bright red wire, replacing the filament with utmost grace. Apart from the lightbulb itself, you are going to need to collect a red thin gauge wire, pliers, screwdriver, safety goggles, a scrap piece of wood or wood cube, pins, paper and pen, wire cutters, hammer, nails, and a hot glue gun to bring the project to life. The heart filaments are inserted into the piece of wood underneath the bulb that has got the love note attached to it with pins.

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15. Heart blanket

Heart blanket

Valentine’s Day is usually cold in many parts of the country, so why not snuggle up together in your very own heart blanket. This is easy to create if you have a spare afternoon, and requires little in the way of expensive materials. The cozy blanket calls for a throw blanket, some all surface paint, a paintbrush, a pair of scissors, some cardboard, and cork for the construction. Once you cut out the cardboard hearts in three different sizes, you work up stamps by adding corks to the back of the hearts. The magic comes into play when you stamp the paint-coated hearts onto the blanket in a gradient pattern in terms of their sizes, and that’s all! What an awesome festive present serving up two functionalities at the same time – making him feel oh so special on the big day as well as making a style statement to the room.

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16. Lottery point-of-sale display

Lottery point-of-sale display

Create a point-of-sale display full of lottery tickets, heart-shaped candies, ribbons, and other decorations. This one’s easy to create, and can easily be assembled. That too, in just a matter of few minutes. Collecting the spectrum of items is the only kind of effort that goes into the making of this incredible display. The significance behind putting together loads of lottery tickets in the box is to tell him that he was no less than a lottery for you when you met him, and this amazing present is a totally well-deserved affair for his Valentine’s Day present. Take a look at this innovative picture that works as a self-explanatory guide to what all you need to do to make a display inspired by this one, making sure he travels to a whole new world of excitement the moment he witnesses it.

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17. DIY goodness man bouquet

DIY goodness man bouquet

Bouquets really don’t need to confine to delicate flowers alone. Make a homemade bouquet that hits all the right notes of his amazement by putting his favorite liquor bottles to use – installing them in a pot, ending up in the most unconventional plant ever! What you are going to need is a pot or metal pail or a basket, some acrylic paint, a sponge brush, a few wooden dowels, foam ball, a glue gun, some shredded kraft filler, a delicate ribbon, and of course, his choice of booze. The wooden dowels here work wonders to hold each of the bottles with one end inserted into the pot loaded with shredded fillers, while the ribbon adds a gift-worthy finish touch to the assembly. The author goes for Jack Daniels bottles and that’s why accompanies it all with a printed label in the same theme. Let the label spell “Happy Valentine’s Day” or a personalized message with utmost glory.

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18. Balloon chandelier

Balloon chandelier

Chandeliers can be expensive, so why not create your own for cheap? This design may not be the same as the real thing, but is a unique gift for the home that your partner is sure to cherish. At the same time, it’s so pretty to look at that it can give a tough competition to those glorious store-bought chandeliers – not because it comes lavishly adorned with crystals or lights, but because it has got your precious memories hanging from each of the balloons. You are going to need a helium tank, some 4×6 photos, 5×7 cardstock, some curling ribbon, a few 12 inch balloons, a pair of scissors and a hole punch, and some double sided tape to put this out-of-the-box chandelier. That curling ribbon attached to the photos as well as the balloons adds a special touch of elegance to the thing.

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19. Decorate your bedroom

Decorate your bedroom

You can easily decorate your bedroom with bright, red helium-filled balloons that float to the ceiling, and red rose petals on the duvet. For an extra special touch, attach photos and messages to the base of the balloon strings. What the author does here is glued each of the pictures to a piece of cardstock with the balloon ribbon in between, further making it all the way more romantic with reasons why you love him written on the back of the card stock. We bet this surprise is going to double up as an extravagant Valentine’s Day experience for you love birds. For a deeper insight into the arrangement, head to the simple yet amazing guide by Our Everyday Art. The decor already is amazing enough in itself, but that color combination of red and white only takes it all to a level of extraordinaire.

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20. Custom photo frame #2

Custom photo frame

This custom photo frame includes a picture that you are fond of, as well as song lyrics, poetry, or a hand-written message that reminds you of your partner and the life you share together. There’s something oh so sepia about this whole masterpiece that will add a rustic charm to the decor of his room, while of course, reminding him of you every single moment he gets a glimpse of the frame. Speaking of the text surrounding the picture placed right in the middle of the frame, you can either write your thoughts about him, or simply grab some famous love quotes for the same. Wooden frame on the side with a dark stain and glossy finish works wonders as the final touches of splendour, and the fact that the custom photo frame has been crafted at home is the unconventional element about the gift.

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21. Initial candle

Initial candle

One of our favorite DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him, this beautiful candle will not only illuminate any room, but includes the initials of you and your loved one. Oh yes, it’s not just a simple carving of the letters, but also frames them inside a gorgeous heart, worked up with the same technique that you use to carve the alphabets. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call this thing of creativity as one of the most beautiful gifts you can present to those who mean a lot to you, while being equally easy to put together using just a handful of supplies. You are going to need a candle, Linoleum cutter, a gold leaf pen or ballpoint pen, some tape, and the desired printed design. Once you trace the design with a pen and make the carving with a cutter, you fill it up with glamorous gold, and voila!

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22. Gift jar

Gift jar

Another jar gift; this one is easy to create and will provide the perfect gift when trying to symbolize your love to that special somebody in your life. The jar here is filled with loads of colorful Reese’s pieces that the author’s husband is fond of, while you can always fill it with just about any candies or treats that your special one likes. Upgame the decor of the jar with a printed washi tape that goes with the theme of the occasion, finally tying an adorable gift tag around the jar. To make everything a lot more easier for you, the below tutorial by Happy Go Lucky Blog not only showcases the steps required to forge the project, but also shares link to the printable gift tag. This one’s surely going to come to your rescue for those last-minute gift making affairs.

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23. Printable ‘I Love You Because…’ gift

Printable 'I Love You Because...' gift

Why DO you love your partner? Well, now it’s your time to tell them with these printable ‘I Love You Because’ gifts. After all, no matter how much you tell them, a new expression of love is always going to make it even more cherishing not only for him, but for you as well. If you want to make your versions to the gift, all you need to do is put the amazing printables offered in a few different colors in the below guide to great use. You are going to achieve the best results if you print the design and house it in a 8X10 frame, followed by going for a dry erase marker to write your messages on the glass. The zig-zag pattern forming the backdrop for the text is as cute as the messages themselves. You must not wait to craft this thing of prettiness, because isn’t Valentine’s all about letting them know of your love one more special time?