By Vanessa

Are you feeling anxiety, shortness of breath and severe migraines? Are you a pathological procrastinator? Is there a loved one in your life expecting a great Valentine’s Day gift? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this post is for you!

I have put together a list of some last-minute, DIY gift ideas to ease your anxiety and keep your greedy loved ones at bay. Take a look at the ideas below and give one a try this Valentine’s!

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Fruit Roll-Ups Fortune “Cookie” | via


  • One box of Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Permanent marker
  • Parchment paper (plain paper sticks to the Fruit roll-up.)
  • One 2-inch round cookie cutter


Do: Write a message on the parchment paper. Cut Fruit Roll-Ups into squares. Cut again into circle with cookie cutter. Place the message in the center and fold like a taco. Grab the corners and pinch in the middle.

“I Love You” Kitchen Towel | via




  • Craft paint in colors of your choice
  • Letter stencils
  • Stencil pouncer or styrofoam headed paintbrush
  • Double sided tape
  • Plain white, cotton or linen kitchen towels (NOT terry cloth or textured)
  • Optional: polka dot stencil, painters tape


Do: Wash and iron towels. Lay stencils down and secure with tape. Begin dabbing paint on with pouncer or brush. Let dry and add more paint to create different hues. Once dry, remove stencils. Wash ALONE on delicate and iron again.

“Let’s Make Out” Pillow | via


  • Pillow form
  • White fabric (enough to cover your pillow form)
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Alphabet stencil
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Piece of paper
  • Sewing pins


Do: Fold fabric in half and cut out what would be the pillow cover. Keep fabric folded in half and paint words onto the center using the stencil and fabric paint. Once dry, cut out a circle from paper, pin it over the words and spray the fabric with gold spray paint. Once dry, take off the pins and paper circle and glue the edges of the fabric around the pillow cover. Then, add stuffing and sow closed.

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Candle Carved with Initials | via


  • Candle
  • Linoleum cutter (find at Michael’s, Walmart, etc.)
  • Gold leaf pen
  • Ball point pen
  • Tape
  • Design


Do: Tape design to candle. Firmly trace design with pen. Go over tracing with linoleum cutter. Go over design again with gold leaf pen. Place candle on a rustic wood coaster to add to the “initials carved in a tree” effect.

Etched Valentine’s Glass | via




  • Glass (shot glass, water glass, wine glass, etc.)
  • Heart window cling
  • Letter stickers
  • Etching cream


Do: Cut out window cling and stick OUTLINE to center of glass. Place stickers in center of heart. Apply etching cream with brush. Leave on for 45 seconds. Wash off with soap and water. Peel off cling.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Strawberries | via


  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Nutella
  • Red candy melts
  • Strawberries
  • Toothpicks


Do: Wash, dry and remove leaves from strawberries. Cut berries in half, slice V at the top. Turn the strawberries cut side down and insert a toothpick to hold them together. Turn right side up and fill V cut with Nutella. Melt chocolate and 2 tablespoons shortening in microwave at 30 second increments and stir well. Dry cut side well and slather with some melted chocolate.Once hardened, remove the toothpick. Turn strawberries over. Pour a spoonful of chocolate over the strawberries, pushing around the edges to get good coverage. After the chocolate on top of the strawberries has hardened, melt red candy melts using the same method used for the chips (NO shortening). Drizzle candy melt over the top.

Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay