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Valentine’s Garland Mailer DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

When I spotted these gift mailers at The Container Store, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them (I love how inspiration might strike while you are looking for a kid’s thermos for school lunches). Who wouldn’t love to receive this pretty and sweet Valentine’s garland in the mail? It’s very simple to create, and really – no rules…….say whatever you want to say (I Love You, Be Mine, Love Is All You Need, or just X O X O X O).

Materials needed: Mailing tubes in red, pink, gold, scissors, hole punch, tape, various papers, string, circle punch, pom-poms, needle with big eye, blank address labels and markers.
Step 1: Cut out your letters, using a variety of red, pink and gold papers. Make sure your letters are smaller than 1″ so they don’t get squished in the tube.
Step 2: Punch holes in the tops of your letters. String pom-poms, big dots, and letters, tying a knot at the top of each letter and dot.
Step 3: Wind-up the excess string on one end and tape it to the inside of the container lid. Make sure you remember which end it is – you will have to mark it so the recipient knows which side to open first.
Step 4: Seal and address the tube. Postage for the garland shown was $1.95. I love the way a mix of pretty postage looks.
Step 5: Mark which side the recipient should open first – so that when they open it up, the garland automatically unfurls, and they are delighted by your message of true love!
PS – You could even throw some confetti or Valentine’s candy in the tube, for even more fun and sweetness. Just make sure you throw a few extra stamps on as well!
  1. Cerise

    February 8, 2013

    Oh my goodness! What a wonderful idea and work work for almost any holiday! Can’t wait to do something like this for birthdays!

  2. Melissa

    February 8, 2013

    This is too fun! I made a couple vday crafts too, check em out 🙂


  3. Heather (the lovely cupboard)

    February 8, 2013

    I love this idea! I’ve seen the mailers before and wanted to do something crafty. Storing for the DIY to do list;)

  4. Crystal

    February 8, 2013

    Very cute! And the Katie Daisy print in the last rame is awesome too!

  5. Loulou

    February 8, 2013

    I’m doing this next year for ky nieces who live far away. They would love it! Such a cute idea.

  6. Kerri from Happy Tuesday

    February 8, 2013

    I love this idea! I have a bunch of far-away friends that I send mail to. I can’t wait for one of them to have a birthday!

  7. Amanda

    February 8, 2013

    I would LOVE to get this in the mail- so much so that I would consider making it and mailing it to myself 🙂

  8. amanda

    February 8, 2013

    your projects are always so cute!!!

  9. Rachel

    February 8, 2013

    I need to remember this! I think it would be awesome for any holiday or birthday.

  10. Kaisa

    February 8, 2013

    Oh, so adorable!

    xx Kaisa

  11. happy paper place

    February 8, 2013

    This is super cute! Who wouldn’t love getting this in the mail? 🙂

  12. Lindsey

    February 8, 2013

    I love this. It would be such a delightful surprise to pull out of the tube unexpectedly. What a sweet idea. xo

  13. Melissa

    February 8, 2013

    If you didn’t need to mail it, you could really decorate the tube with wrapping paper, etc. This is such a cute idea!

  14. anne fassnacht

    February 8, 2013

    Such a cute idea. My mom did this with a poster tube when I was in college. Since I was a poor college student she stapled money together and attached it to socks on either end of the tube so when I pulled it out it was a long string of cash.

  15. Becky Gean

    February 8, 2013

    can you say FREAKING ADORABLE!!!! ahhh – uber cute! now where to find these mailing tubes… hmmm.. and the hunt begins!

  16. Bev

    February 8, 2013

    Fab idea especially with glitter thrown inside! Love how each letter is different and chic!

    Don’t you just LOVE the container store?! Another addiction of mine 😉

  17. Meg Biram

    February 8, 2013

    This is darling!!!

  18. Miss Doodles

    February 9, 2013

    Wow,these pics makes me Happy ! 🙂

  19. Lisa | Happy By

    February 9, 2013

    This is one of the best ideas you have come up with Jordan. Just lovely and you can customize it for every holiday 🙂

      • jordan
      • February 9, 2013

      Chiara is a genius!

  20. Ana Zaragoza

    February 9, 2013

    I love it!!!!! It´s beautiful

  21. xfallenmoon

    February 9, 2013

    ahah, that’s so cute. love the idea. it’s a surprise pop! yay!

    love, x
    blog | twitter

  22. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    February 9, 2013

    What a great thing for someone to receive in the post. Wouldn’t it just cheer up your day? Can’t wait to try this out next year!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  23. Narjara Oliveira

    February 9, 2013

    Olá, sou do Brasil e conheci seu trabalho através do facebook de uma amiga. Gostei muito do seu blog e achei maravilhosa essa ideia. Que lindo… Um belo presente. Fácil de fazer e deixará, certamente, feliz quem receber.

  24. Jennifer

    February 10, 2013

    Saw this craft a few days ago and went out right away to get all the materials! I just made two separate strands for friends that live far away. SO PRECIOUS. I can’t wait for them to open these on Valentine’s Day. Thank you for the lovely idea!!!

  25. Carrie // cue the confetti

    February 10, 2013

    LOVE this! I love sending fun little gifts to people, this is great.

  26. Danette

    February 10, 2013

    Too, too, too cute, and what a great surprise to send to friends. I’m going to have to do this!

  27. holly

    February 11, 2013

    This is fantastic. I can think of so many occasions to create one for grandparents who live far away! thanks for sharing.

  28. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    February 11, 2013

    genius! these are absolutely adorable!!

  29. Adele

    February 11, 2013

    I want to try this! What a clever idea!

  30. Tina at Vintage Movement

    February 11, 2013

    What a sweet idea, I am so doing this! x Tina

  31. Cassie

    February 12, 2013

    This is so sweet and I love love love your Katie Daisy print!

  32. dewi-marie

    February 13, 2013

    this is too cute. im so gonna try this!!

    question tho, is there anyway to make sure the garland doesnt tangle inside as the receiver pulls it out?

  33. Holly

    February 13, 2013

    we did this for my daughter’s BF who lives in Florida. We added some lollipops & a felt sewing kit. ( used a slightly larger tube ) i cannot wait til she gets it. It’s the most fun valentine to make and i’m sure to receive. thank you!

  34. suzenannepoppe

    February 14, 2013

    Wow, I really love this idea! I’m very inspired to do something for two daughters of my girl-friend. Lovely!

  35. Dorothée

    February 15, 2013

    So cute ! It was a success for my Valentine ! Thank you !

  36. Bridget

    February 17, 2013

    I made one of these for my lovely husband, with a simple message that said “I love you”. It went down a treat, and is still hanging up above the window in our living room. It’s a great idea – so simple and fun. I enjoyed making and giving this as much as the reciever enjoyed discovering the message. Thanks for the inspiration.

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