Roses and chocolates are lovely and delicious, yes. But this Valentine’s Day, give your sweetie (or yourself!) a thoughtful DIY gift that’s sure to inspire Instagram hearts.
Burlap, paint and twine are the basic, easy-to-find materials behind this rustic banner. Hang it on a mantle or in a window to show your holiday spirit at home — and whip up a second for a loved one. Find the instructions here.
Valentine’s Day votive
Nothing like candlelight to set the mood for romance! Make a super cute holiday votive using a mason jar, tea light and some heart-shaped stickers. Et voila — instant mood lighting. See how you can get the same look here.
Spell out your love with this simple project, which involves wrapping cardboard letters with yarn for a cheerful décor piece. Use three colors (or more) for an on-trend ombre effect. Learn how to make your own here.
Valentine’s Day wreath
Welcome cherished guests to your door with a festive holiday wreath. Bonus: Use the lace-wrapped wreath foundation for any holiday throughout the year by changing up the decorative details. Find the tutorial here.
All you need to pull of this sweet surprise is a bag of balloons and crazy lung power. Just inflate as many heart-shaped balloons as you need to fill a closet, cupboard, or other small space — and wait (with a camera) until your loved one opens the door and is showered with love. See how blogger Jordan Ferney pulled it off here.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.