Today’s craft project is special to me because I sneaked some photos while I made it for Daniel for our anniversary. I had decided to write a little note about why I love him instead of buying a gift, so when I found a lightweight wooden tube/case with a leather strap to tie it closed–just $1 at Michael’s!–I knew that it had be my “envelope.” I couldn’t wait to give it to him! I asked if it would be okay to share the project and he graciously agreed.
Gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be special. In fact, I find that the things I treasure most may have cost the least, but were given with the most thought. At roughly $4.00 to create, this scroll note is a sweet–and budget-friendly–way to say, “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.
Time Required: 10-15 minutes
You Will Need:
- (1) Wooden Scroll Case (Michael’s, $1 in the Dollar Bin area)
- (1) Sheet of decorative paper
- Baker’s twine
- (1) Vintage red-bordered gum label
- Piece of red felt
Cut out a rectangle of the decorative hand-marbled paper. Make sure that it will fit inside the width of the wooden scroll case. To prepare the felt heart shape, fold the piece of red felt in half and cut out the shape of half a heart on the fold line to make a symmetrical whole heart. Next, cut off a length of twine long enough to wrap around the rolled-up piece of decorative paper.
Write a note on the back side of the decorative paper. Choose if you’d like to enclose the felt heart inside the note or tied underneath the twine wrapped around the scroll.
Place the rolled-up note inside the wood case.
Wrap the leather cord around the case and tuck the end under itself. Write a brief greeting on the front of the gum label, then moisten the back (mine was old, so I wet my finger and rubbed it across the back surface instead of licking it) and adhere to the surface of the wood case. Rub gently to eliminate any wrinkles or bubbles and firmly attach the label to the surface.
Give your Valentine’s note to someone special to you. While I originally designed this project to hold a love note to my husband, it would be equally nice as a present for a friend, child, or other family member.