DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you’re looking for an activity that’s outside the box then we’ve got you covered. Jen Appleberry of Appleberry’s Attic stopped by with some fun DIY craft ideas you can create with the sweetheart in your life.

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“Love Notes” Block:


2 x 8 Lumber cut @ 10″
“Love Notes” Stencil (cut w/ a Cricut or traced)
Clothes Pin
Jute or Twine Ribbon


  1. Crafters will paint their block the color of their choosing.
  2. While drying they can cut their “love notes” stencil from their Cricut Cutting Machine or print and trace by hand.
  3. Once the block is dry, peel the back off the stencil, center, and stick it to the block.
  4. After they’ve smoothed and checked for air bubbles… choose paint and begin.
  5. Taking the sponge, they will dab small amounts of paint on the block filling in all open/empty spots on stencil.
  6. Once filled in with paint, crafters will remove the sticker/stencil and tweeze out any left behind pieces.
  7. Wrap some twine around the bottom for texture.
  8. Hot glue on the clothes pin and leave that special someone a Love Note!


Button Block or Canvas:


Wood Block or Square Canvas
Heart Cut Out (trace or hand draw)
Acrylic Paint (if needed)
I love you Stencil (if needed)
Hot Glue & Gun


  1. Crafters will start by painting their wood block the color of their choice or if using a Square Canvas, no paint is needed if you’d like.
  2. Once dry, trace a heart onto the block or canvas.
  3. They will then hot glue buttons to outline the shape of a heart. If using no stencil, continue to fill in the entire heart with buttons.
  4. Once put together, crafters will then lay down and fill in the I love your stencil if choosing that option.


Cozy Valentine Gnomes:


3 Socks: 1 standard white for the body, 2 fuzzy fun ones for the pants and hat.
2 – 3 Cups of Rice
2 Small Black Rubber Bands
2 Small Clear Rubber Bands
Fur Fabric for beard
Extra Ditties for embellishing…. such as pine cones, buttons, greenery, etc.
Blush for nose (if desired)


  1. Crafters will start by putting 2 – 3 cups of rice in the white sock. Tie that off with both black rubber bands.
  2. Once secure, lay your Gnome on his back and reach into the middle of the rice filled sock and grab out a chunk for his nose. Secure and tie off with both clear rubber bands. Make as big or as small of a round ball nose as you wish.
  3. Stand Gnome up. Take first fuzzy sock and cut off at the heel. Using bottom portion of the sock, slide that onto the bottom of the Gnome up to under his nose. Those are his pants!
  4. Takethe second fuzzy sock and leave whole. Slide that sock down the top of the Gnome to the top of his nose. Pull and mess with it a bit till it resembles a stocking cap.
  5. Crafters will then take a chunk of Fur Fabric and cut out a beard (U shape piece) and hot glue under the Gnomes nose.
  6. Once the beard is on you will be able to dust blush over the nose if you’d like to give your Gnome a cozy winter look. And add any extra ditties such as the pine cones, buttons, greenery, etc.
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