16 Valentine’s Day Projects and Recipes

Are you celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day this year? Either way, we are wishing you lots of love. Not to be too cheesy, but the world needs more love, right? We hope you receive a lot of it this coming year, and we also hope you will join us in trying to spread as much love as possible. 🙂

And in honor of this very pink (and red) day, we thought it might be fun to showcase some of our favorite past Valentine’s Day-inspired projects and recipes.

Knowing how to make your own fancy balloon arch is helpful for all sorts of occasions (like birthdays) and this foolproof tutorial is all you’ll need.

If you’re staying in this year (we highly recommend and will be doing the same), here are 10 ways to celebrate at home.

Let’s talk about gifts. Keep it easy on yourself with this little gift guide. You can click on each image to shop! We love this Schitt’s Creek sweatshirt, essential oil diffuser, pink chocolate popcorn, and these cute daisy face earrings. If you’re looking for an easy DIY gift, this beauty oil (with a cute printable tag) would be perfect for a friend or loved one.

Looking for a little sweet treat to enjoy that’s kiiiind of healthy? Make these (dairy free) chocolate mousse-filled strawberries. Looking for another way to use this delicious fruit? There’s a jello shot recipe for that (chocolate covered strawberry, to be exact!).

If you are in need of a last-minute homemade card idea, here are 5 easy water color techniques with ideas for cute (and pun-tastic) cards.

Even if you’re staying in, it might be fun to dress up or do your makeup (like Laura did here) using clean beauty products.

Keely’s foolproof cat-eye liner tutorial is a must, too!

We don’t need an excuse to make pancakes … ever. This giant red velvet pancake recipe is everything we need in our lives right now, and more.

Learn to make your own flower napkin ring with faux florals. This one is great for lots of occasions like Mother’s Day or Easter, too.

If you’re planning to shake up a few cocktails (or mocktails) tonight or this weekend, here’s how to make floral ice cubes to elevate your cocktail game. And if you really want to go crazy, here is our tutorial for how to make a DIY ice bucket for serving chilled wines or champagne.

If you’re feeling festive, make a set of glitter barrettes for yourself or a friend. Matching barrettes? Yes, please.

You can sip on a heart-topped hibiscus sour (it’s so good!) at home in your pajamas. How great does that sound?

Absolutely love the tutorials on how to make paper flowers in this DIY floral picnic basket post. You could use your florals for all sorts of things, like a gift box, tablescape, or even just to create a pretty bouquet that will last much longer than fresh flowers.

Homemade candy is always a good idea—here’s how to make your own chocolate bars. These are full of real, whole ingredients and can be naturally sweetened to your taste. Yum!

How often is your hair in a messy bun? (raises hand because the answer is all the time.) This heart-shaped braid is so pretty and easy to do.

How adorable is this kiddo-inspired lion face pancake? We can’t think of a cuter way to start Valentine’s Day morning (or any special day).

If you need some decor for a future party or just to dress up your home (this would make a fun headboard, right?), learn to make this hanging flower heart DIY.

Looking to step up your homemade card game? Or scrapbooking game? Then click here to learn how to make your own stamps.

This next one is for all those chocolate lovers out there! We don’t need a reason to enjoy a rich chocolate treat now and again, but if you do, it feels like Valentine’s Day might be the perfect excuse. Here’s how to make this no-bake chocolate silk pie. Our favorite part is the crust (it’s made of saltine crackers!).

These aren’t regular nails—they’re ombre HEART nails.

If chocolate isn’t “your thing,” (audible gasps from the audience) you can still get in on the candy game with these homemade Rosé gummy bears. These champagne berries are another delicious option.

This felted garland DIY is heavily inspired by one of our all-time favorite treats.

We are obsessed with this fruit and tonic recipe! You can use so many different fruit flavors and keep it classic by adding to a gin and tonic, or use in a mocktail. If you’re looking for more tips for making healthier cocktails, click here.

You can even make Valentine’s Day-themed toys for your pet. Oh, yes—we went there!

Need to package up your cute treats for a porch drop-off? Here’s how to make homemade Valentine’s Day treat boxes (and a couple treats to go in them). xo, The ABM Team

Need more gift ideas? Check out Unique Gifts For Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend!

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photos: Visit the original post to see the photography and other credits.
  • I love the fact that your lists always continue for a BUNCH of more great ideas after my head tells that “At this point blog lists usually end”. Haha. They are also full with good things that differ from each other. Thanks for these and happy Valentine’s Day Week!

  • I love all these ideas! Especially the paper flowers and healthy chocolate bars! Loved it!! xx


  • Absolutely love those projects, I think the chocolate bars are my favorites!

  • You girls always have the best and cutest ideas! My favourite has to be any of the sweet treats. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • My favorite is the hanging heart. How lovely would that be to hang in the window! Am in the mood for projects like these (https://hubcitygirl.com/2018/02/13/3-simple-delectable-treats-to-make-your-valentine-from-pretzels-and-reeses-peanut-butter-cups/) and want to try some of these. The balloon arch would be cute for a bridal shower as well!

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