Forget the flowers and candy…If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s idea to make your sweetheart swoon, these handmade gifts will surely win you some romance bonus points. These ideas are memorable, affordable, and sustainable, so what’s not to love?

Pixelated Popup Card

Find a project below that speaks to your unique geek and put your own creative spin on it.



  • Create a sweet scratch-off photo valentine with paint, soap and a Polaroid. I tried this project and it definitely works wonders! (See more photos below.)
The Best, You Are
  • Blow kisses to your boo eternally with a creative flip book that can be made in an afternoon.



Homemade fortune cookie
  • Create homemade fortune cookies with secret messages inside.


Story and photography below by Annie Laurie Malarkey. See this site for more of her work. Do you have a cool project or creation you’d like to share with the GeekWire community? Please email about being featured in Geek Made.

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  • Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC

    Thank you for this. I just posted an article “The Problem with Valentine’s Day Romance”. These are some great ideas that fit with my motto, “Make.Love.Sustain.Able”.

    • Annie Malarkey

      Great read! Thanks for sharing. -Annie Laurie 

  • Stephanie Maruska Gustafson

    Thank you so much for adding my chalkboard hearts to your article…I’m flattered.  :)

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