It’s the season of love, which means it’s the perfect time to create personal DIY projects for the special people in your life! I’m Amy, from Amy Latta Creations, and today I want to share a simple but sentimental Reversible Paper Roll Valentine using materials you probably already have around the house.
- toilet paper (or paper towel) roll
- Tombow 8900 Drawing Pencil
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 005
- Tombow MONO Air Permanent Adhesive
- scrapbook paper – patterned and coordinating solid
How to Make Reversible Paper Roll Valentines
Step 1: Flatten your roll and use your Tombow 8900 Drawing Pencil to sketch a heart shape with a 3/4” rectangle across the bottom.
Make sure to go all the way to the edges, leaving part of the folds as the heart’s sides. This will keep the front and back of the heart connected. (If you’re using a paper towel roll, you’ll want to trim it to 4” tall, then follow the rest of the tutorial as written).
Step 2: Cut along your pencil lines, leaving the folded areas in tact.
Step 3: Cover the bottom with a strip of scrapbook paper.
Cut a piece of paper that is approximately 3/4” x 5 1/2.” Use your MONO Air Touch Adhesive to attach it to the bottom section of your project, wrapping it around to cover both sides. Not only is this adhesive permanent, it’s also acid free, making it a great choice for keepsake projects like this one. Plus, if you run out, you can purchase a refill instead of a whole new dispenser!
Step 3: Cover one side of the heart with scrapbook paper.
Use the drawing pencil to trace your paper roll heart shape onto the back side of your patterned scrapbook paper. Then, draw a smaller heart on your coordinating solid paper. Next, cut out both hearts, and use MONO Air Permanent Adhesive to attach them to the paper roll, layering the smaller one on top.
Step 4: Hand letter a name on the smaller heart.
I used the Faux Calligraphy technique to write my name with a MONO Drawing Pen, size 005. To do this, simply write the name or word in your normal script, then go back and thicken the downstrokes (areas where your pen was moving down when writing) within each letter. For more detailed instructions, check out my Faux Calligraphy tutorial!
The front of your project is complete! Now, it’s time to add something extra special to the back, making this a reversible gift.
Step 5: Attach a photo to the heart on the back side.
Trace your paper roll heart onto the back of your photo, then cut along your pencil lines. Next, use MONO Air Touch Adhesive to attach the photo to the back side of your project.
Step 6: Write “love” or another message along the bottom.
Use the MONO Drawing Pen 005 to add a special message for your Valentine.
This project is so much fun, because you can use it an a variety of ways. It can stand alone as a place card, or as a little piece of Valentine’s Day decor on a shelf, desk, coffee bar, or mantel. But that’s not all! A chocolate bar fits inside just perfectly, making it a fun way to give your friends and family a sweet treat.
No matter which side you decide to feature, this little handmade gift is sure to show just how much you care.
Who in your life would love to be on the receiving end of this keepsake on Valentine’s Day? Be sure to check out our other fun Valentine craft ideas, like this DIY S’mores Kit, and this free Heart Banner download!
If you try making your own Paper Roll Valentines, be sure to share them and tag @tombowusa or use the hashtag #tombowusa so we can all be inspired by each other. Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy Crafting!