DIY Gifts That Say I Love You

Level: Beginner 
Estimated Time: 20 Mins 
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Materials

Palette (wax paper or paper plate)
Pencils (optional)
Cut up toilet paper roll

 

Project Overview 

Saying I love you should be part of your daily routine.  This project outlines the steps needed to create a custom love note that you can update daily with the little things you love about your partner.

It makes the perfect gift for your significant other because it is the gift that keeps on giving as you can erase daily and write new messages.  Make you notes sweet or funny, it's your choice how you would like to use this DIY gift.  

Quick Summary 

     1) Prepare your palette                         2) Rough up your surface                        3) Add unifying color 

prepare palette                rough up surface                add unifying color

     4.) Add white if needed                               5. Write message                                        6) Assemble 

add white if needed                write message                assemble

 

 

 Step By Step

 

1. Prepare Your Palette  

prepare palette

 

 Make sure you have plenty of white for this project. In addition to white, I like to use a buff/cream color and 1-2 other “fun” colors – like versions of blue. Your piece needs to stay relatively light so that the messages will be easy to read.

 

2. Rough Up Your Surface 

rough up your surface ​This is the fun part! Use some of the optional materials to play with your paper. Try scribbling with your non-dominate hand. Take out a stencil and go wild! Use a toilet paper roll as a stamp. You can’t mess it up at this stage, just have fun and enjoy making new marks. Surprise yourself, it's the little things that you will notice on your piece!

3. Add Unifying Color 

unifying color

 

 

Blend some areas of your notecard to unify the piece. Pro tip: Buff and white are your friends! Try mixing your cream or white colors with one of your more fun colors. Apply the paint throughout the notecard to unify the piece. Want to add more stencils? Go for it! Look to achieve balance at this step.

 

 

 

4. Add White If Needed 

add white

 

 

 

Remember, this piece needs to be light for the words to show up. If needed, take your credit card or brush and apply white in the center of the notecard to lighten it up. Make sure the writing area is light enough for the dry erase marker.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Write Message 

write message

 

 

Let the piece dry and write your message on top with a black marker. Practice writing “I love you because…” a few different ways on a piece of scratch paper first. If you aren’t comfortable writing on your project with a marker, writing with a pencil first is a great way to see if you like the style and then you can go over it with the black marker. Make sure the writing is big enough and easy to read.

 

 

 

 

6. Assemble 

assemble

 

 

This is the most rewarding part of the project! Take your spiffy notecard and insert it into your clear frame. You can get one that is magnetic and goes on the fridge (our personal favorite), or you can use one that sits on the countertop. Once the art is in the frame, you can write all the love notes your heart desires with your dry erase marker. Write. Impress. Erase. Repeat!

 

 

 

 

 

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