Let's face it - sometimes guys are hard to craft for. We love them, but men are from Mars and women are from Venus and all that, so sometimes finding an inexpensive, handmade project to make as a symbol of your undying love can be difficult. Here are some free tutorials and patterns of a manly variety.
If you are new to the Magic Bean, every Friday I do a round-up of free craft tutorials on a certain theme. So stop by every Friday for your weekly dose of free crafts, patterns and tutorials. Or browse for more heartwarming free projects by combing through the "Free Craft Tutorials & Patterns" category (just click the link) or use the Google Search function on the top left of my blog to search for something specific.
Make some cuff links with the magic of Mod Podge using a tutorial on the Plaid site.
Cathe at Just Something I Made customised wooden nickels to make custom poker chips in her tutorial complete with downloadable and customisable images.
Lindsay, author of the blog Cottage Mama shared a tutorial to sew a men's shaving bag which she calls the Boxy Dopp Kit, click the link to see how to make it.
Stephanie from the blog Stephanie@Home shared a tutorial for how to make this fab homemade laptop desk complete with chalkboard for little notes. Genius.
Whip up a treadmill IPod holder for the man who loves to get fit with a tutorial on Call Me Crafty Momma. Just swap out the girlie fabric for something on the manly side.
For the wine lover, make a wine cork monogram with a tutorial from Green is Universal.
Make a mustache mug with a tutorial from the Tortoise and the Hare.
Keep your guy sweet by making this mustache festooned jar with a tutorial on the Plaid site and then fill it with his favourite candy or snack.
Make a set of his and hers pyjama shorts with a tutorial from Sew4Home.
Clock up some brownie points by making a custom clock for your man using my very own tutorial, I call it the Babclock. Click the link to get the how-to. I can testify that the man in my life loves his clock and you can personalise it by using different sections of the newspaper, maps or photos to suit your man's disposition.
Get more man-friendly gift ideas with this post featuring Father's Day gifts that would also double as great Valentine's gifts.
Go forth and get romantic!