10 DIY Gifts for Girlfriend | DIY Formula

10 DIY Gifts for Girlfriend

Money can’t buy you love, but a thoughtful homemade present just might win her heart! No store-bought gift can compete with knowing you’ve put time and effort into handcrafting something personal just for her. Whether you’re a handyman with construction skills or an average joe just trying to make her smile, these tutorials for DIY gifts for girlfriend will inspire you.

1. DIY Wire Heart

First on our DIY gifts for girlfriend list is this quick and easy wire heart. Use the tutorial to practice shaping an elegant heart out of a length of wire, but this is just the start. Make a tiny one and slip it into her hand on a walk. Add a medium sized one to her lunch bag to brighten her day. Or make several and link them together into a bracelet or necklace.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes
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2. DIY Surprise Exploding Box

This exploding box is one of the best DIY gifts for a girlfriend who loves quotes, jokes or pop-up books. It can be made with recycled paper and supplies you already have lying around for a low or no-cost present. Follow this tutorial to create a paper gift box that unwraps to reveal layers of tiny pages that can be personalized. The basic box shape leaves you plenty of spaces for love sayings, cute pictures, trinkets or candies that create multiple gifts in one. There is a similar idea in our DIY gifts for boyfriend list as well.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes for the box, 10-120 minutes for details
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3. DIY Couple Shirts

Wearing matching T-shirts is a classic sign of a relationship so solid it can withstand even the silliest fashion choices. If you need a present for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or even her birthday, these easy shirts make great DIY gifts for girlfriend. This simple tutorial shows you how to line up two comfortable T-shirts and paint a heart that will align when the two of you stand together. Just make sure you get her shirt size right before you start painting!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
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4. DIY Hollow Book

If your girlfriend loves to read, she’ll love this DIY hollow book with a romantic touch. Find a book that’s special to her: a vintage copy of her favorite novel or something that reminds her of how you met. Cut out a shape like a heart or a rectangle from the inside pages and then glue the exposed pages with a few layers of mod podge. The book can be a gift on its own, or an impressive way to present a ring or other small gift.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 60 minutes plus drying time
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5. DIY Photo Coasters

If your girlfriend is a photographer or at least obsessed with Instagram you can show her how much you love the way she sees the world by bringing some of her images into a photo coaster gift. Print out photos with a story that ties you together, a place you’ve visited together or something that makes you both laugh. This tutorial shows you how to easily attach them to ceramic tiles to create a useful and meaningful present. Pair it with a bottle of wine or a bag of great coffee to drink while you use the coasters together!

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 60 minutes plus drying time
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6. DIY Customized Graphic T-Shirt

This stencil technique creates crisp, professional looking gifts. It’s a process you could use to make your girlfriend shirts, art, or even a banner for any occasion. The process itself can be learned with a little practice, however, the real difficulty of this project is the visual design skills you bring. Try out a concert-style T-shirt with tour dates related to your relationship, or embed an inside joke you share in her favorite trendy font.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 days
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7. DIY Wooden Jewelry Box

DIY gifts for girlfriend don’t have to be cheap or silly. This project tutorial will walk you through building a small box that would be perfect to hold her jewelry, travel mementos, or all the love notes you’ve written her. The two-color inlay is gorgeous and using it will mean so much more knowing you built it with your own hands. Anyone with basic carpentry skills should be able to complete this in an afternoon, but you will need some specialized woodworking tools.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: Half a day
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8. DIY Photo Block Puzzle

Girlfriends that love puzzles or displaying many pictures at once will treasure this easy to make photo craft. Start with printing out six square photos that you know she’ll love. This tutorial will show you how to transfer the images to small wooden cubes and seal it with a glossy coat of mod podge. Attaching the images is easy and the only step that slows this project down is the drying time between each photo.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes plus drying time
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9. DIY Sharpie Mug

If you have doodling skills or laughably terrible handwriting, personalized mugs might be good DIY gifts for girlfriend. This tutorial shows you how simple it is to customize a plain mug using only sharpies and your home oven to set the ink. Draw a caricature of your lovely lady or write out a quote or joke that will make her smile with every sip. Pair your present with her favorite flavored coffee or hot cocoa.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
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10. DIY Coin Ring

You may not be ready to buy THE ring, but no matter how serious your relationship is, a DIY coin ring is a special and appreciated gift. You get to show off your manly forging skills, and she gets a wearable memento that’s unique and personal. Look for coins that feature her birth year or the year you met. Find a state quarter that carries meaning for you or just look for a coin with an image you know she’ll love. Forging can be somewhat dangerous as you’re working with very hot metal, so plan extra time and practice on coins you don’t mind ruining while you perfect your technique.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
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11. DIY “52 Reasons I Love You” Pack of Cards

Last on our DIY gifts for girlfriend list is this romantic gift that she will love. It is perfect for occasions such as anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or her birthday. In case you are looking for a great way to confess your feelings, or you just want to remind her how much you love her, this is the right way to do it.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
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Conclusion

Giving a unique and personal gift to your girlfriend doesn’t have to cost a fortune. She’ll appreciate that you spent time making something just to please her. Feel free to start with the basics from these DIY gifts for girlfriend and then make them your own by incorporating her favorite colors, themes, or meaningful details from your relationship. Which one out of these DIY gift ideas is your favorite?

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