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Make your own heartfelt Valentine's Day cards, gifts

If you're not prepared for Valentine's Day yet, don't panic – lifestyle expert Brit Morin is here to help. She shows off DIY gifts perfect for showing that special someone how much you care.

By Brit Morin, DIY expert

If I know anything about Valentine's Day, it's that handmade gifts are much more meaningful than anything you can buy at the store.

If you want a surefire way to leave your Valentine in stitches, then it's time to try your hand at a cross-stitched Valentine's card! This is one project that's much simpler than it looks – perfect for both the amateur DIY'er and expert crafter.

Brit Morin

Need a last-minute gift? Make your loved ones feel extra special with DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Materials:

  • Needle
  • Push pin
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Card
  • Downloadable template

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Directions:
First, print out your heart template (available here). Tape it on your card and use a push pin to poke holes through the black dots on the front side of the card. Then, take your needle and embroidery floss and start stitching! Pull the needle through the holes you've made, and create a series of X-shaped stitches, also known as cross-stitches.

Tie a knot on the inside of the card when you've reached the end, and you're done! Wasn't that easy?

Brit Morin

'Like' it!
If you want to take your stitching to another level, try creating a matching Valentine's gift box, too! Inspired by the Facebook "like" button, this box is a cute way to tell that special someone you really, really "like" them.

Materials:

  • Box
  • Needle
  • Push pin
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Downloadable template

Brit Morin

Directions:
Print out the "like" template (available here) and tape to your box. Like you did with the cross-stitch card, use a push pin or needle to poke holes through the box around the outline of each letter. Now start stitching back and forth, tying knots when you're done with each letter.

And that's a wrap! Within minutes, you've now got a couple of cute and simple ways to give goodies to the ones you love... erR, like.

Want to see more DIY Valentine's Day tutorials? Check out Brit's wrap up on Brit + Co.

And be sure to follow Brit's picks on our TODAY Valentine's Day Pinterest board!

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