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40 DIY Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Actually Want

Forget flowers and chocolates. Make these beautifully meaningful gifts instead.

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1. Chalkboard Heart Frames

Courtney from Crafts by Courtney made these adorable, easy-to-create chalkboard frames. With the right photo, they make the perfect gift.

Materials: wooden heart frames (from any craft store), chalkboard spray paint, sandpaper, and white chalk.

1. Spray two coats of the chalkboard paint on the frames, and allow to dry for 24 hours.

2. To give your frames a rustic and aged look, go over them heavily with sandpaper. When done, wipe down your frames with a cloth to remove the paint dust.

3. Go over the frames with a piece of white chalk, rubbing the chalk all over the frame (this sets the chalkboard). Then lightly wipe off all excess chalk with a cloth.

4. For the final touch, add some scrapbook paper for the background or stick in a photo. Then draw on the frame with chalk!

2. I Heart You Kitchen Towels

Give your favorite cook or foodie kitchen towels that'll remind them how much you care. Emily from Handmaker of Things shares this tutorial.

Materials craft paint in colors of your choice (towels shown embrace the gold and bright pink trend with a bit of black), letter stencils, stencil pouncer (the one pictured is from a set of 6 or 7 different sizes) or styrofoam headed paintbrush, double-sided tape, plain white kitchen towels made of cotton or linen (not terry cloth or textured; the ones pictured are from a four pack of white flour sack towels from Target, just $3,99), polka dot stencil and painters tape (optional).

1. Wash and dry your towels, then press to make sure they’re nice and flat. Lay out your towel, make sure to put either newspaper, cardboard, or some other protective surface behind it as the paint will likely bleed through.

2. Take your letter stencils and arrange them on your towel as desired. Once they’re where you want them, secure in the corners with double sided tape, so they won’t move as you add your paint. Emily created her heart stencil by folding a piece of heavy paper in half and cutting the shape.

3. Load your stencil pouncer or brush with paint. Dab some of the paint off on a piece of cardboard so you don’t have too much. Begin to dab the pouncer or brush over your stencil. Be careful to not go over the edges, keeping your color inside the letters. Continue to fill in carefully until you have nice solid color. You can also let the first coat dry and add another for more saturated hues.

4. Once paint is dry carefully remove your stencil. Wash again, delicate setting, without other clothes or items, then re-press.

You’re finished! Emily decided to create a complimentary towel with a polka dot pattern on it. To do the same, follow steps one and two. Then load the pouncer with paint and stamped it directly onto the towel to create my polka dot pattern. Polka dots not your thing? How about a fun stripe pattern? Use painters tape to create stripes. Follow all the steps, applying the paint between your tape strips.

5. Love Rocks

Via growcreative.blogspot.com

Color rocks of different shapes and sizes, then seal with a layer of mod podge. Great for your gardening friend, or leave them around the neighborhood to brighten a strangers day, as this blogger did.