DIY Valentine Love Note Box

Thanks to Pentel for sponsoring today’s post in conjunction with The Brand Connection; all opinions are my own.

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! It’s time to start thinking about ways to show the most important people in our lives how much we love them. Today, I want to share an idea with you that’s really affordable and easy to create but will mean the world to whoever receives it.

Valentine Love Note Box

Is there anything more meaningful than a handwritten love note? This DIY Valentine Love Note Box is designed to help express the things you love most about your spouse, child, or friend. It’s completely personal, including the fact that the love notes are written in your own handwriting or lettering, and your loved one can pull out and re-read the notes anytime they need a reminder of just how special they are to you! Here’s how to make your own in half an hour or less.

Valentine Love Note Box


Heart shaped box {mine is from the Dollar Spot at Target}
Pentel Arts Watercolors
Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush
White paper or cardstock
Scissors or paper cutter
Pentel Arts Sign Pen, Brush Tip {I used Pink, Grey, and Ochre}

Valentine Love Note Box

Painting Your Valentine Box

For this part of the project, you’ll need your watercolors, specifically red and white, and the Aquash Water Brush. Fill the barrel of the brush with clean water.

Squeeze a small amount of red and white paint onto a paper plate or palette. When it comes to watercolors, a little goes a very long way, so start out with just a tiny amount. You can always use more later if you need it. Dip the end of your water brush into the red paint.

Gently brush the paint onto the surface of your box lid. The water in the brush will help to thin and spread the paint, giving it a watercolor effect. If you like, you can gently squeeze the barrel of the pen to release more water. Again, a little pressure goes a long way, so use a very light touch until you see how the blending works. Once the lid has a base coat of red, you can move on to the sides of the box’s base and paint those too.

Next, load your brush with white paint and begin adding it to the sides and lid of the box. As the white mixes with the red, you’ll see various shades of pink starting to appear! Use the water brush to blend and spread the paint until you are pleased with how it looks. Set the box aside and allow it to dry completely.

Writing Your Love Notes

Time for the best part! While the box is a lovely handmade project, it’s the handwritten notes inside that make this gift such a personal treasure.

Start by cutting your paper or card stock into small strips. Mine are 1 1/2″ by 4 1/4″.

On each strip of paper, write one reason why you love the person! Another variation is to use the papers as little I.O.U. coupons the recipient can “cash in” for things like a back rub, a movie night, a big hug, and more. Since I absolutely love hand lettering {I mean, I did “write the book on it”…HAHA!} I naturally decided to write my notes for hubby using brush script. I used Pentel Arts Sign Pens with a brush tip; they’re very responsive to changes in pressure and they’re available in some really fun, vivid colors!

Valentine Love Note Box

If you’ve never tried hand lettering before, there’s a really easy way to fake this brush lettered look with “Faux Calligraphy“; check out my step-by-step illustrated instructions! Or, if you want to master the true technique, head to my Beginner Brush Lettering Series. I even have free uppercase and lowercase practice sheets you can download to get you warmed up and ready to write. If hand lettering isn’t your jam, I still encourage you to use your own handwriting, whatever it might look like, when you create your notes. Your writing is a reflection of your personality and a little piece of yourself, so it makes a much more personal gift than something that’s been typed.

Valentine Love Note Box

The final step is to fold your little love notes and tuck them inside the box. You can write as few or as many as you like, as long as you can fit them inside. Feel free to add in a few pieces of candy or any other little trinkets you think your recipient would enjoy.

Valentine Love Note Box

I’m so pleased with how my Love Note Box turned out and I can’t wait to share it with my hubby so he has a stash of written reminders of all my favorite things about him. I’m thinking about buying a few more of these boxes so that I can create one for Little Crafter too and maybe even my best friend Erin.

Valentine Love Note Box

Who in your life would love to receive this special and personal gift for Valentine’s Day? What are the most treasured handwritten notes you have ever received?

Valentine Love Note Box

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Valentine Love Note Box

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  1. Oooh! So many awesome products! I would have to go with the Fabric Fun® Pastel Dye Sticks, Set of 15!
    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  2. I would love to try the brush pens! Maybe they would help my handwriting look better and so many fun colors too!

  3. I would love to try their aquash water brushes. I’ve used lots of other brands but theirs have a such a great reputation!

  4. Such a beautiful craft, Amy (as always!). I would love to try these pens but I actually think my youngest son would enjoy them more – sharing is hard some times.

  5. I want all the supplies you listed and outline markers and the sign pens. All of these supplies would be fun to experiment with. Thanks

  6. I love hearts and Valentine’s as that’s my birthday. Would love to win this and make a fun heart box. Thank you.

  7. Oh my goodness! How to choose! The color brush pens are probably my favorite, but I would love to try the Aquash Water Brush. What a wonderful device!

  8. I would love to add the colored pens and pencils to my crafting room. I’m a card maker and these would be fabulous!

  9. Oh my gosh! I love pens! 🙂
    I don’t really draw but I am constantly doodling.
    I’d want ALL the pens but if I had to choose I’d go with the Color Pen®, 24 Pack and the Aquash™ Water Brush.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  10. Thanks for the great valentine idea. I would love to try the Aquash Water Brushes and Fabric Fun® Pastel Dye Sticks, Thanks for a fantastic giveaway.

  11. I would love to try out the brush markers as well as the Aquash Brush! I’ve been working on my lettering skills for the last few months, and have seen nothing but rave reviews about these products.

  12. I’ve used the pastel dye sticks, and they have a pen that writes on fabric that I love. Curious about their brush pens.

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