DIY: Spell it out this Valentine’s Day

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Whether you’re loved up, or happily single, we’re sure you’re well aware that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. At PhotoBox, we’re all about a personal gift – but it doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank.

We’ve come up with a crafty Valentine’s Day project that will leave your one and only with no question about how you feel about them – and for the unorganised amongst you, it can be finished off in only a few hours and looks much better than a bunch of flowers from the petrol station (if we do say so ourselves).

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To make a DIY Valentine’s Day Letter, you’ll need…

-Large letter of your partners initial, we chose an unpainted wooden version (available from eBay or craft shops), but a thick cardboard version will work just as well

-PVA Glue

-Newspaper

Photo prints– from couple selfies to special occasions or trips you’ve taken together

-Travel tickets, maps, cinema tickets etc

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Step 1:

Rip a few newspaper pages up into small sections and begin to glue and cover your wooden letter. This will give your prints and other bits and bobs a better base to grip on to. Alternatively, if you’re feeling really fancy, you could use coloured card or tissue paper, if you want to leave a few gaps between your prints.

Pop on the kettle, put your feet up and leave to dry.

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Step 2:

Once your newspaper-y creation is dry, it’s time to start picking your favourite prints from your selection and adding them to your giant letter.

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Arrange your prints on top of the letter, to decide what order you’d like them to go in. Alternatively, you can go for a random ‘grab and stick’ approach, either will work well.

Top Tip: In between the prints, why not add mementos from trips you’ve taken together? This can be anything from a train ticket to a stub from the first film you ever saw at the cinema together.

Or, if you’re planning to take your other half on a special date on Valentine’s Day, you could include some hints and tips on the initial itself…

Step 3:

If there are any edges sticking over the side of the wooden / cardboard letter, trim these off with a craft knife (careful…!) or scissors.

We also added a layer of PVA over the top of our final masterpiece, to add an extra shine and ensure the prints stay stuck down for years to come.

Top Tip: You could use the giant letter as an alternative to a Valentine’s Day card by writing on the back, or go even bigger & add your initial in there, or even spell out their full name (or use a nickname if you date a Charlotte or a Benjamin!)

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Is this something you’d try? We’d love to see your attempts in the comments below…Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds!

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