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DIY Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Instead of going to a fancy restaurant this Valentine's Day, try a DIY date night. Pick a home improvement project and have fun getting it completed together and relax together when it's done. Here are some DIY date night ideas to inspire you.

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Paint a Room

Is your living room in need of an update? Perhaps it’s time to give your bedroom a new look. Pick up some paint, crank up your favorite music and have a painting party.

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Build a Terrarium

Build a Terrarium

Add some greenery to your home with a DIY terrarium. You can buy a special terrarium container or use a large glass pickle jar from the recycling bin.

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Choose Photos for a Gallery Wall

Go through your photo collection together and choose some favorites to create a gallery wall. Find some old frames or build some of your own in various sizes for an eclectic look.

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Plan Your Garden

It’s never too soon to get ready for spring. Plan your garden now and get some seeds started. Date night ideas like this make you feel like you’ve really accomplished something!

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Rethink Storage

It may not be the most romantic date night idea, but we could all use some more storage solutions. Get a start on a custom DIY garage storage system or build a cubby to help keep the mudroom organized.

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Update a Light Fixture

Pick out a new light fixture for the dining room or kitchen. Once you’re done installing the fixture, order some takeout to celebrate.

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Make Drink Coasters

Take an hour to make some drink coasters. Head to the home improvement store to pick up some ceramic tiles, a package of bumpers and some super glue. When you’re done, enjoy a beer and test out your creation.

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Create an Accent Wall

Is there a wall in the living room or in the bedroom that needs a makeover? Create an accent wall. Try using paint, tiles, reclaimed wood or even wallpaper.

The options are endless and each time you enter the room you’ll remember the good time you had on your DIY accent wall date night.

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Get Cozy

There are a number of quick things you can do to make your home feel cozier. Add some candles or install a dimmer switch. When you’re done, make some hot chocolate, get comfortable and enjoy a movie.

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Build a Bench

In a couple of hours, you can build a bench to be used on your porch or patio. You’ll need a circular saw and a drill. When you’re finished, relax and enjoy the sunset together.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.