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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes – with Cute Cactus Gifts!

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Create a sweet gift for Valentine’s Day with these DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes. Fill with sweet treats or a cute cactus plant!

Small cactus and succulent plants sitting in hand-painted pink pots. One is in a paper box with a heart-shaped window showing the cactus plant inside.

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Hello crafty friends! Today I’m excited to share these cute heart-themed cactus plants and the cute Valentine’s Day gift boxes I made for them. A few weeks ago, I found the sweetest paper by Crate Paper called Heart Day at my local scrapbook store. I was inspired to create matching cactus plants and thought it would be cute to use the paper to make a box for each of them.

Even if you don’t have cute cactus paper you can create this fun gift! A few years ago, I created a pattern and cut file for Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes and decided to use the same cut file for this project. Below you can see the boxes I made using paper from the DCWV paper stack Copper Luxury. I still have this paper stack and love using it! These treat boxes are perfect for any color or print of paper!

DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes

The free pattern, cut file and the tutorial to create these boxes, can be found on this post: DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Box. The only change I made for this project was to resize the boxes to be 11.5″ wide total so they would cut from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper instead of needing to use two sheets of paper.

Follow the steps from my original post to assemble the boxes. I used Grafix Clear Craft Plastic for the peekaboo window and cute brads to keep the boxes closed. The paper is Heart Day by Crate Paper.

Below is the tutorial to create the cute cactus plants!

Small cactus plants in pink pots are in handmade Valentine's Day boxes. The boxes have a heart-shaped window and are made from Valentine's Day scrapbook paper.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cactus Plants

The little catcus plants are the stars of the show and I made them using fake succulents I found at Michael’s craft store. They were so tiny and the perfect size! I actually attempted using real cacti and I would definitely advise against that! I couldn’t get the cactus out of the box without pricking my hand! So fake ones are better for this project!

Supplies Needed:

  • Small fake succulent plants
  • Pink and black acrylic paint
  • Heart-shaped beads
  • Straight pin

Overhead picture of three small fake cactus plants.

Step One: Paint the pots!

Paint the pots bright pink with acrylic paint.

Workspace table shows the three cactus plants, a bottle of Tacky Glue and a bag of heart beads.

Next,  paint a small black heart on each pot. I did this to match the illustrated cacti plants on the scrapbook paper so you can skip this step or add another cute detail to the pots. 

Step Two: Add the heart beads.

Use straight pins or glue to attach the beads to the cactus or succulent plants.

Three small cactus plants in three small pink flower pots with pink heart beads on top!

Step Three: Gift them in a cute gift box!!

Pop them into a cute handmade gift box, like my Valentine’s Day Treat Box, and you have an adorable little Valentine’s Day gift. These would also make cute gifts for Mother’s Day, Secretary Day or Sweetest Day! Depending on the paper you use, they’d also make a cute happy birthday gift :)

Small cactus and succulent plants sitting in hand-painted pink pots. One is in a paper box with a heart-shaped window showing the cactus plant inside. Two more boxes in other paper designs are filled with pink tissue paper.

I think they turned out so cute! I’m gifting them as office gifts and I think they will look great dressing up an office desk! 

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