Handmade Valentine’s Day
10 DIY ideas for crafts, recipes, gifts, decorations, and other fun ways to show your love
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Valentine’s Day is about more that wooing and cooing—more than expensive dinners with a special someone. It’s a great opportunity to show your love and appreciation for everyone in your life—from your spouse and kids to your grandparents, co-workers, and even special teachers who make your life better. For valentines with heart, it makes sense to look beyond store-bought items to more heartfelt mementos you make by hand.
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1. Say “I love you” with photos
Show you spouse, your child, or even your mom how much you love them with this fun photo wall design.
A bold way to tell somebody you love them is to spell out L-O-V-E with photos on a wall.
Start by outlining the boundaries of the letters onto your wall with colored, reusable painting tape. Next, gather and print enough photos to fill in the letters. (You may need anywhere from 25 to 50 4" x 6" pictures, depending on the size of the wall.)
HP Advanced Photo Paper, 4" x 6", dries instantly for smudge-free, wall-worthy prints. The perforated tabs make for easy handling (and fewer fingerprints) while you're applying tape to the photos.
Get tips for printing 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos.
2. Valentines for kids
Your kids will be proud to display this Valentine’s Day mailbox in their classroom or at home.
These valentines were made for kids—but they can brighten anybody’s day.
Passing out valentines in the classroom is a time-honored ritual. And homemade valentines mean so much more—especially when you make them with your child. This year let the kids pick and print their own designs. They can even help you cut and craft a special valentine’s mailbox.
You’ll find several designs for children’s valentines at the HP Creative Studio. Their small format makes them ideal for use at school—and you can print a bunch in no time. But they are also ideal for slipping a secret message into your spouse’s purse or pocket. Or even handing out to co-workers and friends.
When printing projects that will be handled by tiny little hands, try using a thicker more durable paper, like HP Brochure and Flyer Paper.
3. Sweet photo cards for everyone
No matter which photo you choose, it's sure to remain in your memory long after Valentine's Day has passed.
Creating a photo card is your opportunity to pick "your photo"—the one that captures you and your loved one in a memorable moment.
To get started, choose a free photo card template from the HP Creative Studio. There are dozens of designs. Just upload your photos and prepare to print.
Valentine’s Day may only come once a year, but you can make your memories last much longer by using high-quality photo paper. Plus, you can save 20% on ink and paper when you purchase convenient HP Photo Value Packs.1 You’ll also save time and ensure beautiful photos—HP Photo Value Packs match the right ink with the right paper.
Find more inspiration and tips for making Valentine’s Day photo cards.
4. Food gifts they’ll love
Bypass the PC and use the MyRecipes.com print app on select HP Photosmart e-All-in-Ones to find recipes like this from Real Simple and other publications.
Need cookies for sharing with friends or a decadent dessert for a romantic dinner? You’ll discover hundreds of recipes from Cooking Light, Sunset, Real Simple, and other popular publications on the MyRecipes.com print app—available on select HP Photosmart e-All-in-One printers.
Give the gift of homemade, heart-shaped cookies to your loved ones for a sweet treat. Wrap the cookies in cellophane and pair with hot cocoa mix for a festive Valentine's Day teacher or co-worker gift.
Download our Handmade Valentine’s Day book for this and other recipes.
5. Printable games for kids
Colorful, fun, and free—find a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed learning and activity pages you can print at home.
Ensure the night runs smoothly for the babysitter while you’re out at a post-dinner movie for two. Print coloring pages and activities to keep the kids entertained, all without turning on the TV—or your computer.
The HP Creative Studio offers a variety of free printable activities and games for kids of all ages. Print a pile of them for enjoying at home, in restaurants, or in the car.
If you’re printing a number of activities, save money by using HP XL ink cartridges, which allow you to print up to three times more pages versus HP standard-size cartridges!2
6. Share a valentine instantly
You can send photos and documents directly to your printer from virtually anywhere with HP ePrint.4
Send an unexpected Valentine’s Day message from virtually anywhere with HP ePrint.3
HP ePrint is a free mobile printing technology that allows you to print to any HP ePrint-enabled printer (like your mother’s printer) using an e-mail-enabled device (like your smart phone). Send photos to friends and family far away. Or ePrint a love letter to your spouse’s printer.
Find an ePrint-enabled printer in the HP Photosmart e-All-in-One buying guide.
7. Downloadable Valentine’s Day decorations
Fill a room (or an office) with these lovely hanging hearts.
The HP Creative Studio has an array of valentine decorations—everything from hanging hearts to dinner sets to paper flowers.
When printing decorations like these delicate hearts, you can forgo specialty craft papers and use HP Multipurpose Paper. It’s so inexpensive that you can make a flurry of fluttering hearts to decorate a window or fill a room.
8. Paper, scissors, and tape: Simple paper crafts
Paper garlands are so quick and simple. Photo and how-to courtesy of Jessica at howaboutorange (http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/)
You can also make simple decorations at home using paper and tape.
Jessica at How about Orange takes these simple and lovely Paper Heart Garlands with colored paper. They are a great way to use up leftover paper scraps—you could even use old book pages. And they are a perfect project to create with the kids.
Download our Handmade Valentine’s Day book for the complete how-to guide to making hearts on a string and other eco-friendly paper decorations.
9. HP Valentine’s Print Apps
Get cards, crafts, and romantic stationery right from your printer.
Much like your smartphone, new HP Photosmart e-All-in-Ones let you download free apps—HP Print Apps—to access content like movie tickets, news, maps, creative projects, recipes, and photo-sharing sites. All from your printer’s touchscreen—PC free!4
The Be My Valentine Print App provides cards, crafts, and romantic stationery to give to your friends and your special sweetheart!
You can also use Print Apps to find dinner recipes, print movie tickets and more—making your date night easy and dreamy. Get more ideas for using HP Print Apps to plan your Valentine’s Day.
10. Love letters
Tap into your inner poet to write a love letter on this stationery. Or package it as a gift for friends to use.
It’s simple but time tested: the love letter. Whether your love is like a red, red rose—or more like a romantic comedy—this is the time of year to tell people how much you treasure them.
A hand-written love letter is the kind of gift a recipient will treasure long after the holiday has passed.
This printable Valentine stationery is the perfect backdrop for expressing your feelings to your sweetie, kids, grandparents—anyone you adore.
Ready to get started? Get free shipping, delivered next business day, on all ink and paper when you buy from the HP Home & Home Office online store!
Prints Charming: finding a printer
If you don’t love your printer, it’s time to find one that you’re crazy about.
Find a present for yourself or a special someone with the help of the printer buying guide. With the printer buying guide, you can compare and contrast models and find a printer that allows you to print content like kids activity pages directly from the Web without a PC using HP Print Apps.
Stock up on supplies and save
Not sure what supplies to get for your printer? Just enter your printer model information, or the toner or ink you need, to find the specific supplies for your particular printer directly from the HP Home & Home Office online store!
- 1 Compared with purchasing ink and photo paper separately.
- 2 Compared with the standard, single HP ink cartridges. See: http://www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies
- 3 Requires an Internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any connected Internet- and email-capable device. Print times may vary. For a list of supported documents and image types, see www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter. And for additional solutions, see www.hp.com/go/mobile-printing-solutions.
- 4 Requires a wireless access point and an Internet connection to the printer. Services may require registration. App availability varies by country, language and agreements. For details, www.hp.com/go/eprintcenter.
In this article:
- Download the Valentine book ›
- Say “I love you” with photos ›
- Valentines for kids ›
- Sweet photo cards ›
- Food gifts they’ll love ›
- Love games ›
- Share the love with ePrint ›
- Download decorations ›
- Simple paper crafts ›
- HP Valentine’s Print Apps ›
- Love letters ›
- Find a printer you’ll love ›
- Save more on supplies ›