Cards get thrown away. Sweets go half-eaten. Flowers wilt into dust. But, a Valentine’s Day gift your loved one can put on becomes a hug they can wear for years to come. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s, sending your loved one a DIY gift goes further than common stop-gaps. At the very least, a DIY Valentine’s gift promises to bring a smile. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a DIY extraordinaire to make your friends and family feel seen. With a few simple craft directions, you can make your own. Consider Clothing Shop Online’s 5 Valentine’s Day crafts to inspire your DIY project:
Perfect for the young-at-heart and the vibrant, a t-shirt with a tie-dyed heart shape can be worn throughout the year. The heart tie-dye technique from I Love to Create takes some patience but is an easy craft to do.
Once you’ve read basic directions and gathered all necessary supplies, you’re ready to take on the heart tie-dye technique. To start, prewash your t-shirt(s) without fabric softener. Cover the surface on which you’ll work, either on the floor or on a table. Then, fold the shirt in half lengthwise on the surface. In pencil, lightly draw half of a heart towards the top of the shirt. Next, pinch and accordion the fabric along the heart outline and tie the rubber band around the gathers. If you want to add additional color, apply a second rubber band about an inch apart from the first band. This is an optional step if you’re going to apply color to the center of the heart.
Make sure to wear gloves for the dyeing portion. After you’ve tied the various parts of the shirt, add water to your bottles of dye and shake. Add more water to your mix to lighten colors. Squeeze dye onto the center of the heart and, if you prefer a second color, squeeze it across the rest of the shirt. Let the colors set for at least 4 to 6 hours, after which you should remove the rubber bands. Wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand according to its wash label, and then dry the shirts separately.
Everything old is new again, including scrunchies. Those with long hair could always use more of them. Luckily, you can easily make scrunchies at home without sewing. This craft is excellent if you don’t know how to sew, don’t have a machine, or don’t have the time to sew by hand. Repurpose old t-shirts or fabric scraps to create scrunchies for your loved ones.
Or perhaps your loved one loves decorative pillows. You can make a pillowcase out of fleece or a cozy blanket and cover a heart-shaped pillow or make your own from scratch, stuffing the heart pattern with non-toxic batting.
Creating a wreath with Valentine-colored poms can be an enjoyable project to do with kids at home. Buy a simple wreath frame, a hot glue gun, and poms in pink, red, white, and lavender, if you’d like. To go a step further, you can buy the poms in different sizes for added texture. Before committing the poms to glue, consider your design. For instance, you can do an ombre style wreath or a mixed approach, which combines different sizes and colors. Alternatively, you can also do this project with scraps of fabric in Valentine’s Day colors for a lovely shabby chic look.
Another spin on a Valentine’s Day-inspired t-shirt utilizes a high-quality plain t-shirt (in white, pink, red, or lavender) with fabric-safe paint in Valentine’s colors. Using an unused dish sponge that you’ve cut into heart shapes or pre-cut stencils, decorate your t-shirt with heart stamps. Your design possibilities here are endless.
Whichever Valentine’s Day craft you choose to do, your loved ones will be grateful for the effort you put into thinking of them.