Valentine's Day is hours away and for those who have yet to purchase a gift for their better half, we've got your covered. Using everyday items in your home, you can easily create these five original, DIY (do-it-yourself) gifts.
1. Love jar — Instead of using a pricey card to tell your better half you care, consider giving them a jar full of reasons why you love them. For this gift, you will need an empty jar and colored construction paper. If you’re sticking with a Valentine’s Day theme, pink and red paper is the best bet. If you want to add a little pizzazz to your present, tie a ribbon around the lid. For an idea of what the end product would look like, check out HGTV Handmade's guide.
2. Dinner — Why battle the restaurant crowds on Valentine’s Day when you can make your own meal? Our list of 11 romantic dinner recipes and ideal wine pairings is perfect for couples looking for a quiet night in on Feb. 14. If you want to make your at-home dinner more romantic, consider dimming the lights, dressing up in your Valentine’s Day best and lighting a few candles.
3. Paper roses — If you want to give your loved one flowers but don’t want to spend a fortune for them, try making them roses out of crepe paper. While the process is time-consuming (you can see a tutorial here) the end result is remarkably realistic. To do this DIY project, you will need glue, scissors, crepe paper and floral wire.
Bonus: Similar-looking roses also can be made using tin foil. Read that tutorial here.
4. Personalized mug — If you have a plain, ceramic mug handy, creating a personalized cup for your valentine is another option. Using an oil-based paint Sharpie marker, write your message on the mug. PopSugar suggests allowing the mug to dry for a few hours before placing it in the oven. Bake the mug at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. After that, your DIY Valentine’s Day present is dishwasher safe and ready to be gifted.
5. Bath bombs — Make a splash with homemade bath bombs. The idea comes from TheSuburbanMom.com, and the bombs can be made using household ingredients. You will need baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch powder, Epsom salt, oil, essential oil (peppermint) and food coloring. (View the exact measurements and directions here.) Once your bath bombs are complete, place them in a jar and tie a ribbon onto the lid. Happy Valentine's Day!