On the agenda for the next few days: craft like a mad woman with hopes of sending cards out in time for delivery by the 14th. But this year I wanted the Valentines to be special… so I’m thinking that my friends and family might be pleasantly surprised to open an envelope and find a handmade metal card (paper is so last year), with an embossed message. Don’t be intimidated! This was actually super easy to make, and I love the thought of a little brass card living in the folds of a wallet as a keepsake, and a daily reminder of a shared love (of course, you’ll want to be mindful of it going through airport security!) Keep reading for the instructions, and I’d love to know what Valentine’s you’re all creating this year.

  1. Using tin snips, cut a 2 x 3.5-inch rectangle out of the brass sheet.
  2. Hammer letter stamps into brass card to write out Valentine’s message.
  3. Punch holes around perimeter of card by hammering nails through the brass.
  4. Weave red and white kitchen twine through holes, and tie in a secure knot in back of card.
  5. Stuff in business card-size glassine envelope, and secure with fun sticker.

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Comments (19)
  1. 1
    Lolly February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Love this idea! super!

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  2. 2
    Rachel February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I actually have some scrap pieces of brass in my room (as you do) so I’m all over this cute DIY!

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    clairezinnecker February 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    LOVE THIS. I fall for anything brass and this is such a unique idea! Great job, Chanel.

  4. 4
    mes bijoux February 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    So cute and so easy! The worst thing is where I can fond the alphabet 🙁 becuase I don’t think it would be easy to find it at Barcelona…

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    Kirbi Knop February 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    So creative! Love this idea! How were the holes on the back of the card…were they sharp or anything, or does the twine cover up any rough edges nicely?

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Chanel Dror February 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      They’re totally fine! Not sharp at all, and the twine covers the edges of them entirely 🙂

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    liz February 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Great idea! Where can I find the brass sheets?

    • Chanel Dror February 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks, Liz! We got ours at a local hardware store. Home Depot or Lowe’s should have some!

  7. 7
    Gaby [The Vault Files] February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Absolutely love this, great idea!

  8. 8
    Ashley's Always Entertaining February 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I am impressed! This is so creative and special.

    ~ Ashley

  9. 9
    Mariana February 9, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Simple and so beautiful!! Love it!

  10. 10
    Bettina February 9, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Wow, now this is an original and from the heart valentine! Totally have to pin this and could totally be used for other occasions!

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    Laura Trevey February 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    How sweet is this!!! So clever too 🙂 !!

  12. 12
    GawgusThings February 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    This really is gorgeous, I’m going to be up all night doing all these DIY’s if I’m not careful!!

    Emma x

  13. 13
    Varda February 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Love it!!! Can’t wait to get mine…..



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