DIY Valentine Card

Article Posted By: Whitney Curtis

of The Home Depot

Unique DIY Valentine Card

This unique DIY Valentine Card will surprise your Valentine in a really creative way. Made of pegboard, this card will be a one-of-a-kind gift, and it’s cleverly devious! Your Valentine has to do some work to open it! Once open, it will reveal a gift card inside.

Of course, this would also make a terrific Christmas card idea or a clever way to present a birthday gift– just decorate it accordingly.

Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own DIY gift card holder. There are lots of photos, too, to show you what to do.

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Materials for the DIY Valentine Card

Materials for the DIY Valentine Card

Total cost: About $35

Step 1

Measuring pegboard for DIY Valentine Card

The first step is to cut the size of your wood pieces, starting with the pegboard.

I wanted this card to be a 6-inch square. I measured the shape paying attention to the placement of my cut in relation to the pegboard holes.

Measuring pegboard for DIY Valentine Card

Cutting pegboard for DIY Valentine Card

Square piece of pegboard for DIY Valentine Card

Step 2

Measuring backer board for DIY Valentine Card

Complete the measuring and cutting steps again for the project panel, which will become the back of your card.

Cutting backer board for DIY Valentine Card

Cutting backer board for DIY Valentine Card

Step 3

Decorating the DIY Valentine Card

Next, decorate the front of your card. I cut a heart shape out of paper so I could spray-paint the heart shape on the front of my card.

Decorating the DIY Valentine Card

Decorating the DIY Valentine Card

Step 4

Decorating the DIY Valentine Card

Next, spray paint your pegboard piece. Allow for plenty of dry time.

Trip: Be careful to align your stencil evenly with the pegboard holes! 

Decorating the DIY Valentine Card

Step 5

Creating gift pocket for DIY Valentine Card

Now it’s time to create the pocket for the gift card to sit in.

First, fold a piece of duct tape in half with another piece layering on top to make it a thick flap.

Creating gift pocket for DIY Valentine Card

Creating gift pocket for DIY Valentine Card

Creating gift pocket for DIY Valentine Card

Step 6

Securing back piece of DIY Valentine Card

Secure the flap to the back piece of the card, gluing around three sides.

Attaching back piece to DIY Valentine Card

Step 7

Screwing the DIY Valentine Card closed

Now you have the top and bottom of the card It’s time to screw the pegboard onto the project board. Use a drill to screw four screws into the four corners of the pegboard.

Tip: Drill slowly to make sure your pegboard piece is lined up correctly on all sides! 

Screwing the DIY Valentine Card closed

Screwing the DIY Valentine Card closed

Screwing the DIY Valentine Card closed

Finish up the last screw and you’re done!

You have a fun activity to give as a Valentine card. Have a screw drive handy so your sweetie can open it!

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Unique DIY Valentine Card

Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog, and follow our Valentine’s Day Inspiration board on Pinterest for more gift ideas and crafts.

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