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DIY Valentine’s Day Card and Gift Ideas

DIY Valentine’s Day Card and Gift Ideas

Mr C and I have got into a habit of making rather than buying gifts for each other.

For Father’s Day last year I made him this (you can find out how I did it here)…

car

Then for my birthday he made me this…

camera

He’s a welder so he can make things out of metal which is pretty cool. For Christmas he made a metal sign with Let’s Do Something Crafty (the name of my other blog) cut out of it.

I love receiving handmade gifts as you know so much time has gone into them.

As Valentine’s Day is coming up on Saturday Cherry and I have been making cards. She made one for Mr C too as he’s still her favourite man, so cute.

Mr C is currently working on a new drift car for this summer, it’s an old hot rod…

drift rod

So I used this as inspiration for his card. I cut all the pieces out of foam and stuck them on to the front of the card with my glue gun.

valentine's day car card

Then made a key ring out of shrinkie plastic. If you haven’t made anything with this then it’s worth a go as it’s great fun (I got mine in The Range, they sell loads of colours and all the accessories). You cut, draw on and colour in the sheet of plastic (using a hole punch if you want to turn it into a key ring), then you place it in the oven at about 165 degrees for a few minutes and it shrinks down and goes hard.

This turned out a bit wonky and my turquoise permanent marker was missing so I had to use green but you can see the general idea.

car key ring

card and key ring

The other great thing about making cards and gifts is that it saves money.

Mr C and I don’t have a joint bank account, it’s been on our list of things to sort out for years as it would make life easier when it comes to paying for bills etc.

The problem is that when you do have a joint account you are basically paying for your own present so the idea of receiving one seems less appealing which is why making one is better!

If you want to make your partner something then my top tip is to theme it around one of their hobbies or interests. For instance, I always make Mr C something car themed as he loves cars. He made me something camera themed as he knows I love taking photos.

Do you usually make or buy gifts?


  1. Jen

    12 February

    These are so cute. I guess we’ve done a mix of buying and making over the years. I always think it’s cute that the children make us Valentine’s gifts x

  2. lucy

    12 February

    I never receive homemade stuff, but I made people things for Christmas and it went down really well and I enjoyed it.

    For Valentines I’m putting together a picnic basket of bits for a chocolate fondue evening. Wine, fruit, chocolates, wine glasses. Means I benefit too

  3. I would like to make more although I’m not terribly crafty and a little on the lazy side… In other news, although I have two kids and have shared houses with four different men I have never had a joint bank account!

  4. Donna

    12 February

    Your card and keyring are so incredibly cute. You come across as such a sweet couple 🙂 x

  5. Carie

    12 February

    Oh how lovely – we started a tradition a couple of years ago of just buying really nice steak for valentine’s day – I shop and H cooks it, does that count as him making me something?

  6. Nichole Goodland

    13 February

    That is so nice. My husband and I also have a joint account so pay for our own presents, lol, so I do like to try and make things. Although I did just buy a card from moonpig and now thinking about it I could of probably done a homemade one on the computer. Ahh well. Next time I guess.

    • Jessica Cherry

      14 February

      I did actually end up buying one too as someone I know through blogging has started selling them and it make me laugh! x

  7. laura redburn

    15 February

    this is really sweet. we’ve never celebrated valentines, but i always make the boyfriend a card on his birthday and at christmas.

  8. abigail

    16 February

    I like the idea of little surprise homemade cards, I usually make some with Theo for his friends but we didn’t quite get round to it this year!

  9. Penny

    17 February

    This is all so lovely – both your gifts to each other are so creative. I made Mr A a card with a map, but we went away for my Dad’s 70th and I forgot it, so he got a ‘ you is proper fit’ card from Tesco card instead. I think he actually preferred that to my efforts, but then we joke that after 16 years we still often give each other what we would prefer ourselves. Would love a homemade card or gift 😉

  10. fritha

    17 February

    aww Jess this is so sweet. I’m so rubbish I can’t be bothered with Valentines anymore but I think next year Wilf might be into it so I can help him make a card! x

  11. I did an audible ‘awww’ when I saw that metal camera your other half had made for you! x

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