Vintage Valentine Keepsake Tutorial

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

For the first time in ages I’m actually excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s a sweet little day where you can tell the ones you love just how much in a totally cheesy manner without being a total cheese ball. And I feel like rocking this February 14th like no other.

Every single person I care about is going to get something that I think will mean a lot to them. Now all of these things won’t be handmade but they will all be specially tailored to the interests or loves my loves have.

My Poppa passed away a few years ago and my Mimmie has been alone. She loved him so much and I know it has to be awful to be without him. So I busted out the paper mache and dug out anything that seemed remotely granny-like and set out to make a keepsake box for her to look pretty on a tabletop and  hold one of the best pictures of her with my Poppa.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

For this project you will need:

  • Paper mache heart shaped box (got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Stickers, buttons, rhinestones, flatback embellishments, etc.
  • Ribbons, lace, cords, etc.
  • Glue, hot glue, Mod Podge, etc.
  • Paint and brush
  • Photo
  • Spool or other sturdy item approximately 1-1.5 inches tall

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.And here we have my mishmash of granny appropriate things. I grabbed all of my pretty floral papers, some stickers and “spare parts” as well as some frames from the dollar bin at Michael’s.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

I purchased a heart shaped paper mache box from Hobby Lobby and these sturdy heart ornaments from Michael’s.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

To start I made my focal point, the photo in the middle. Since red isn’t really in the color scheme here, I glued glitter card stock to one side and trimmed away the excess.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

Next I printed 2 of my favorite pictures, one in both color and black and white so I could choose the one that looked the best. I took my frame and tore everything away from it including the backing and the plastic pane that would normally cover the photo.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

A quick hit with the hot glue gun and my focal point was pretty well done!

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

My initial plan had been to decoupage papers onto the inside but that proved very difficult to look right in the heart shaped interior. Instead I grabbed some metallic acrylic paint and painted the inside and edge of the bottom and the inside, edge and outer edge of the top.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

Taking some pretty toile printed paper and decoupaged around the outside of the bottom and some floral paper on to the top of the top.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

To cover the edge that wasn’t as clean as I’d like it for the paper on top of the lid, I used some of my crocheted lace to run around and help mask the imperfect edges.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

 

A pretty sticker embellishment from the scrapbooking section was placed on top.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

And some letter stickers were added. A “V” for Virginia and a “C” for Carl.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

I hot glued an old spool of thread (it is seriously old and the thread keeps breaking) onto the center of the inside of the box. Then I ran some pretty dangly pearl embellishment around the outside of my photo heart. I really wanted just to see pearls around the edges, but I used what I had. The dangly bit can’t really be seen, though.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

Hot glue the heart to the top of your spool, taking care to keep it nice and centered while the glue cools.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

And here is this little vintage inspired Valentine box all closed up. I think it should fit perfectly into my Mimmie’s decor somewhere.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

And I love that once opened, there is a little reminder of her and my Poppa together back in the day.

Make a vintage inspired Valentine keepsake.

It can be displayed closed or with the lid propped against it like shown above.

This project is so great because you can totally customize it for your friend, family member or lover. Go modern or go team colors inspired or art inspired… whatever the recipient digs you can totally knock out!