14 Valentine’s Day card ideas that you can DIY

While a bouquet of roses and a beautiful sit-down dinner is a romantic gesture, what’s all that without a heartfelt Valentine’s Day card? Below, we suggest 14 Valentine’s Day cards ideas you can try this year.

Of course,  showing someone how much you love them should be something you do all year round, but who can help but get caught up in the warm and fuzzy feelings this Valentine’s Day?

Get bonus brownie points this Valentine’s Day with a heartfelt card that you won’t be picking up on your way out of the supermarket.

To help you impress your special someone this year, we’ve put together a list of 14 heart-melting Valentine’s Day card ideas to help you prepare for that mid-February deadline.

01. The minimalist’s card

When creating a minimal card keep the colors simple and the text clean and modern. Using a light colored background (like the card example below) and keeping the design minimal will help your loving words stand out.

Pear Greeting Card

Design by YvePaperGoods

Another way to achieve the minimalist look is by choosing a small color palette to work from. Two colors will work best when creating a simple design for your Valentine’s Day card.

Design tip: Try pairing these colors with white or greys for your next Valentine’s Day card:

  • Pink
  • Grey
  • Baby blue
  • Forest green
  • Light yellow

If your loved one is a minimalist, customize this Pastel Candy Hearts Valentine's Day Card for them this year.

Want to learn more minimalist design tips? Here are 25 beautiful examples and practical tips for minimalist design.

02. The funny pun card

If you’re the kind of person that finds the humor in everything, say ‘You’re the pun for me!’ this Valentine’s Day.

With punny Valentine’s cards being the flavor of the day, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect one to make your significant other giggle.

4 punny Valentine

Design by madebyjaneforyu

Ensure a laugh this Valentine’s Day with the Illustrated Funny Postcard template.

03. The photo collage card

Photo collages are a perfect reminder of your relationship so far. They offer you and your sweetheart a chance to take a trip down memory lane.

If you’re looking for something that will stand out, try this Pink and Yellow Heart Photo Collage.

A Valentine’s Day photo collage card will help you tell a story in a personal way. Top it off with a sentimental message for the greatest personal impact.

To go the extra mile, you can also position your photos in the shape of a love heart like in the image below.

Printable heart shaped Valentine

Design by PrintedByYourself

If you’re after some inspiration here are creative layout ideas from 50 beautiful print and digital photo collages.

04. The social post

There’s only so many chocolate boxes and roses you can buy on Valentine’s Day. In the digital age, what better way to declare your love to the world than with a cute Valentine’s Day post?

Broadcast your expression of love online with an inspiring or motivational quote like in the card example below.

Love Card

Design by Lacelit

Spread the love on Valentine’s Day this year with this Red Hearts Valentine's Day Facebook Post.

05. The coupon card

Give a gift that will keep on giving by designing printable coupons this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a week’s worth of chores, or a massage on demand, this is the card for the person who prefers acts of kindness to material things.

Fun Love Coupon Book Gifts

Design by CrossbowPrintables

Some ideas for coupons you could try are:

  • A day trip to a beach town for some fish and chips
  • Couples massages
  • Their choice of movie
  • A cooking class together
  • Or even something as adventurous as a skydiving experience

Tailor this Pastel Flowers Dessert Coupon for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

06. The Galentine’s card

If you're single, you can still celebrate love with your closest friends.

Create a card for your friends and plan a full day of activities to celebrate how much you mean to each other.

Galentine

Design by rhubarbpaperco

Say ‘I appreciate you’ to your crew with this Teal Patterned Shapes Galentines Card this year.

07. The recipe card

Write your significant other a recipe for love this Valentine’s Day. Include everything that makes your relationship special.

Recipe for Love Hand Pulled Limited Edition Screen Print

Design by BarryDBulsara

A pinch of good timing, a dash of spice, a handful of hugs and kisses. Stirred daily with happiness, laughs, and patience. Served warm, with compassion and respect.

Customize this cute Coral Red Recipe Pinterest Graphic recipe card for your sugar muffin this Valentine's Day.

08. The postcard

If you're in a long-distance relationship and want to let your other half know you're thinking of them, a postcard is a perfect gesture.

Make someone's day: There’s something extra special about opening your mailbox and finding a postcard.

Missing someone can be hard. Send them Red Eiffel Tower French Postcard to let them know you’re thinking of them this Valentine’s Day.

09. The mixtape card

Before the days of music streaming and downloading, there were mixtapes. Mixtapes are a thoughtful way to curate music for the one you love.

Mixtape Card

Design by lafamiliagreen

Once you’ve curated your mixtape or playlist, keep the theme going with a matching card.

Try this Pink Vintage Mixtape Dotted Retro template to go along with your mixtape this Valentine’s Day.

10. The poem card

If you want to go with a big romantic gesture, say 'I love you' with a poem.

Poem Anniversary Card

Design by OldEnglishCo

Remember to speak from the heart, stay away from cliches, and make the message a truely personal one.

If you consider yourself a poet try this Blue Green and Red Roses Pattern Poetry Valentine's Day Card.

11. The self-love card

If you’re spending Valentine's Day as a strong and independent single, write yourself a card.

Talk about everything you want to achieve in the next year. Or use it as an opportunity to write down what you love and admire about yourself.

KatieAbeyDesign

Design by KatieAbeyDesign

Even if you aren't single, we totally recommend giving yourself a little treat this Valentine's Day because—you deserve it!

Try this Teal Floral Illustration Love Just Because Card template.

12. The GIF card

Communicate your love with a GIF card. These cute mementos are taking the internet by storm.

Hallmark e-card

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a GIF has surely got to be worth even more.

If you’re looking for something to move your loved one, try customizing this Valentine’s Day Card

13. The food-themed card

If food is the way to your loved one’s heart, a food-themed card is a perfect way to show that you really know your partner’s love language.

Pizza Illustration Greeting Card

Design by Sea Creature Art

You may not agree on whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza, but surely you can agree that an intimate dinner is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day together.

It’s hard to say what’s better, bacon or true love. Send your bacon-loving partner this Pink Bacon Valentine's Day Card this year.

14. The flower card

Flowers are traditionally associated with Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean you need to buy a bouquet. Instead, design a Valentine’s Day card adorned with flowers like this beautiful card in the example below.

Floral Heart Greeting Card

Design by Rifle Paper Co.

Roses are red, violets are blue, this Mint Green and Red Flowers Valentine Day’s Card template is perfect for you.