Vintage Valentine Keepsake Tutorial
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.
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
- Spool or other sturdy item approximately 1-1.5 inches tall
I purchased a heart shaped paper mache box from Hobby Lobby and these sturdy heart ornaments from Michael’s.
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.
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.
A quick hit with the hot glue gun and my focal point was pretty well done!
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.
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.
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.
A pretty sticker embellishment from the scrapbooking section was placed on top.
And some letter stickers were added. A “V” for Virginia and a “C” for Carl.
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.
Hot glue the heart to the top of your spool, taking care to keep it nice and centered while the glue cools.
And here is this little vintage inspired Valentine box all closed up. I think it should fit perfectly into my Mimmie’s decor somewhere.
And I love that once opened, there is a little reminder of her and my Poppa together back in the day.
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!