I recently had a request for an affordable DIY valentine; what a great idea!!  (Vday is so close to last year’s holidays which can add up.  I’m definitely on a budget after gifting & travel.)  So, today’s post is a fun and easy project that is a great gift (for a guy or gal!)

(As a bonus, I also made this easy to print card – just click the image below to download the file. You can print on regular letter sized paper and fold it into quarters.)

My free download; print out this valentine's day card at home!

VNg & I enjoy cozying up to share hot chocolate; he especially loves all the marshmallows he can get.  (Btw did you know they have heart-shaped marshmallows?! Perfect for this project!!)  Anyway, he prefers gifts we can experience together (rather than something purely material.)  So, I love the idea of making something unique and personalized that you can share.  Your Valentine will really appreciate the time and thought you put into this gift.

This project is inspired by Kate Spade mugs I sketched a few weeks ago.  They sold out pretty quickly… but I was thrilled to find they can be easily duplicated (for a fraction of the price!)

DIY Valentine - Use a gold sharpie and some old mugs to make a personalized gift and a bag of hot cocoa mix.I think the cost of this project should be less than $25 depending on how you approach it.  (Basically, don’t count on staying under $25 if you’re gonna buy your mugs from, say, West Elm.)  However, I found one for $9.  I also really like the idea of using mugs (since they’re typically solid colors. And, I found a set of two for $16.) Grab a gold Sharpie for about $2 (or two for $4.) Be sure to buy the “paint” marker version.  Add the cost of the cocoa powder mix and you are good to go.

For the gifting/presentation – you can buy cellophane bags from most craft stores (Michaels or AC Moore).  Sometimes you can find them in Target or Walmart.  But, unless you’re planning on bagging tons of things after this project, you’re going to be left with about 48 or 98 little bags.  My ghetto-fix — I cut the zipper top off my freezer bags.  (This might not work so well if you have a brand with the logo on the front.)

So there it is – a quick, easy, and fun DIY Vday project.  Maybe you and your Valentine would have more fun making these together.  If you do end up doing this project – I would really love to see the end result!! Feel free to email me or share with me on twitter, instagram or facebook!

Shout outs to One Hundred Dollars A Month & My Home Lookbook for their recipes & instructions!

Thanks for viewing – Good luck! <3

(PS – When making the hot cocoa, mix 2 tbsp. of your mix with 1 mug of hot water or milk.)