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Build A Valentine’s Day Gift (Like A Boss)

When you were a kid, a handmade Valentine’s Day card did the trick. Now that you’re all grown up, you might find that nothing says romance quite like ditching the store-bought goods for a return to your DIY roots. Here are 6 popular This Old House Step-by-Step projects (complete with tools lists, shopping lists, and all the information you need) to help you create a truly memorable gift for your Valentine. -Tabitha Sukhai, thisoldhouse.com

1. Build a Window Box, Fill It with Flowers

Time: 3 hours (each)
Custom build these handsome and durable PVC planters to brighten up windows and boost curb appeal. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Build a PVC Window Box

2. Build and Hang a Romantic Porch Swing

Time: 3 hours
The best seat (not) in the house for romantic, relaxing time together. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Build and Hang a Porch Swing.

3. Build a Gorgeous Sideboard with Stock Cabinets

Time: 8 hours
No one would guess that this handsome piece is constructed with off-the-shelf base kitchen cabinets and simple molding. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Build a Sideboard.

4. Make a New Mirror with Old Door Trim

Time: 6 hours
Make a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wall mirror for your fairest one. Beautiful salvage door casings makes each creation truly unique. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Make a Wall Mirror.

5. Build a Custom Bookcase

Time: 6 hours
Create this custom storage feature in just 4 steps, then line the shelves with heartfelt keepsakes and romantic reads. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Build a Small Bookcase.

6. Make an Embossed Metal Planter

Time: 1 hour
Welcome your sweetie home with an entry flanked in these stunning, flower-filled containers. See full instructions, tools list, shopping list, and more in How to Build an Embossed Metal Planter.

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