30 Upcycled Valentine DIYs | the ReFab Diaries
Still looking for a quick, thrifty, upcycled Valentine DIY? Here's 2020's big round-up of the 30 best ideas I can find. Some of them throw back over a decade because good ideas don't date!






There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another. 


– Frank Zappa


Love 'em and Leaf 'em ... this might be my new favorite way of sending messages. Ideally, you'll use a branch of leaves from a hedge somewhere. If you have to buy leaves, buy locally sourced foliage. Source and tutorial here.



And now that I'm without your kisses, I'll be needing stitches.

― Shawn Mendes


If you like the idea of upcycling with simple stitching, this tin can love note is for you! Note: if you fill the can with water and freeze it before hammering in the holes, it won't bend as much. Having said that, I quite like how it looks a little dented. Source and instructions.



He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking. 

― Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


If you like the idea of upcyling cans for valentines decor, but don't care to embroider, then these votive holders are for you. As above, fill the can with water and freeze before hammering or drilling holes and this will prevent it from bending.



To say she is only a woman is to say a violin is a piece of wood with strings, and Dante is mere ink printed on paper. 

― Bruce Crown, Forlorn Passions

Do you have to make quick valentines for a whole classroom of kids? Use old book pages to make a batch of origami hearts - this was my daughter's idea for 2019.



Oh, well, faint heart never won so much as a scrap of paper.


― Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


If you have a sewing machine, turn book pages into valentine treat bags. Full tutorial.



 For you I have to risk it all 

'Cause the writing's on the wall.


― Sam Smith


Since 2016, I've been feeling overwhelmed by the hate that seems to be happening all around us. So I love the idea of making love... out of junk.
  1. Love 
  2. Love
  3. Love
  4. Love
  5. Love
  6. Love



Looking from a window above, it's like a story of love.

Can you hear me? 


― Yaz, Only You


Show your plastic grocery bags a little love. Tutorial.



I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines.

― Joanne Harris, Chocolat


For the love of books and chocolate. Tutorial.  A more traditional book safe could also be filled with candy for the occasion. Tutorial.



If love wants you; if you've been melted down to stars, you will love with lungs and gills; with feathers and scales; with warm blood and cold. 


― Anne Michaels


Melt for this little wax crayon DIY by Whipperberry. Tutorial. Another tutorial here.



Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.


― Henry Fielding


You are hot! Yes, you. Tutorial (left). Tutorial (right).




To keep a warm heart in a cold world is the real victory. 

― Marty Rubin



Spotted these felted warm and fuzzies on Etsy. To make your own, find instructions here and here. If you'd prefer to use fabric scraps, there's a great pattern here.



She's mad, but she's magic. There's no lie in her fire.

― Charles Bukowski


Book-page heart mobile ... full tutorial at Being Brook.



As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. 

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars



Upcycle plastic bottles into a valentines mobile. Tutorial here. 




Even a broken heart doesn't warrant a waste of good paper.


― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle


Another great book-page garland by Mark Montano



Did you ever wish that you had a second chance to meet someone again for the first time? 

― Faraaz Kazi, More Than Just Friends


Decorate with yarn scraps thanks to this lovely idea from Aunt Peaches.



I exist in two places, here and where you are.

― Margaret Atwood



Let 'em know that you love them around the world and back again with a message on globe. Full tutorial at Driven by Decor.



I love you to pieces, distraction, etc. 

― J.D. Salinger


Upcycle old puzzle pieces:

1. Make a punny card (no instructions needed!)


3. Make matching puzzle necklaces

4. Make a card your valentine has to build.  






And one last bit of love.










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