Top 5 Valentine’s Day Projects

It’s almost February 14th, which means it’s either almost Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day, depending on your current situation. Either way, there’s no better time of the year to build a new project. If you’re in a relationship, then a homemade gift is the best route – it shows that you cared about the person enough to spend some of your time making something for them instead of buying it. If you’re not in a relationship, then what better way to get your mind off all the lovey-dovey stuff in the air than by locking yourself in your workspace and building a project, just you and your tools?

Either way, RadioShack wants to help you out, so here’s our list of 5 cool build-it-yourself kits to get you through Valentine’s Day:

1. Toy Investments Tin Can Robot – this easy kit uses an empty soft drink can to create a robot that can walk around on its own. Add some arms and eyes and you’ve got yourself a fun little friend. Build two of them, and you can recreate your favorite romantic movie.



2. Velleman Running Microbug Robot Kit – This little bug is hungry for light, and runs towards it with reckless abandon. It doesn’t do much in a dark room, but turn on a flashlight and it’ll go nuts chasing after the light. Somewhat like a cat, only with no litterbox.

Running Bug Kit

Running Bug Kit

3. Velleman Electronics Decision Maker Kit – She loves me, she loves me not. Sometimes, it’s tough to tell. Let electronics give you the answer with this little kit. It assembles easily, and with power from a 9-volt battery, you can solve all of life’s burning questions (the yes-or-no ones, anyways).

Decision Maker Kit

Decision Maker Kit

4. Toy Investments Brush Robot Kit – Sometimes, relationships can be messy, and tough to clean up. Sometimes, you just feel like being a slob, and wish you had someone to clean up after you. Either way, the Toy Investments Brush Robot Kit is the perfect solution. It’s less than $10, is easy to assemble, and looks cute as can be while it’s brushing its way into your heart.

Brush Robot Kit

Brush Robot Kit

5. Velleman K4301 Pink Noise Generator – At the end of the day, you need to sleep – Valentines is on a Thursday this year, which means most of us will be back in the office on Friday morning. This Pink Noise Generator kit is a great solution if you just need to unwind and relax.

Pink Noise Generator

Pink Noise Generator

So there you have it – 5 great reasons to heat up your soldering iron and get to building something this Valentines’ Day!

Which kit will YOU build?

Leave a comment below and let us know which kit YOU would love to build!

We’ll pick 5 random commenters to get the kit of their choosing!

One comment/entry per person. To enter, leave a comment below, telling us which kit you would love to build. Contest begins at 8:00 am CT on February 12th, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm CT on February 14th, 2013. Winner will be chosen randomly by RadioShack and announced after 12:00 pm CT on February 18th, 2013. Winners will each receive 1 kit of their choosing from the list above. No substitutions for prizes.

No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win. Employees of RadioShack and their families are ineligible.

UPDATE: Well, we had 3 commenters, so you’ll each get the project you chose! Look for an email shortly to confirm your mailing address.


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  • Brent Rubell

    I’d love to build the Velleman Running Microbug Robot Kit. It’d be a fun build and I could have an excuse to mess up so I could try my de-soldering bulb.

  • Jeff Gilcher

    As a ham and an electronics merit badge counselor, the pink noise generator would be great! I would build it first so I can have some pink noise to relax but also to recommend to the scouts who are going after the merit badge.

    I’m getting back into kit building and am going to get an Arduino and start tinkering around again.

    Thanks for this post.

  • Paul Martis

    I’d love to build your Pink Noise Generator! I actually used a few parts from Radio Shack for my Valentine’s Day project this year: