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Valentine’s Knife + Tassel DIY

I ran into CB2 the other day and was stopped short by these cute little porcelain knives they carry. As I stood there, a poem my grandmother used to write me at Valentine’s Day popped into my head. Knife + poem = a sweet little valentine for less than the price of a card! Colorful mini tassels add a bit of color. Tie it all up, put it in a rigid mailer, and mail it to your valentines near and far, or hand out as favors at a Valentine’s party.

Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: porcelain knives, embroidery floss, scissors, 6 ½” x 3 ¼” manilla tags, alphabet stamps, ink pad

Step 1: Holding two fingers a few centimeters apart, wind the embroidery floss around and around, about 20 times.
Step 2: Gently take the floss and lay in on the table. Insert a 8” piece of floss through the circle, and tie a tight knot.
Step 3: Smooth the floss together, and begin wrapping more floss 1/2” down from the knot you just tied. Wrap about 15-20 times, then tie tightly and snip the ends.
Step 4: Using sharp scissors, snip the bottom of the loop. Trim the edge straight if necessary.
Step 5: Stamp the following poem on the tag: If you love me like I love you, no knife can cut our love in two. Stamping will go a lot faster if you do a few at the same time.
Step 6: Attach tassels and poem to the knife. Wrap it in tissue, put it in a rigid mailer or a small box and send off. Up to you if you want to be a secret admirer or let them know who it’s from!

Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!Valentine's Knife + Tassel DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

    February 3, 2014

    The phrase on that tag is so catchy! Cute!

  2. Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles

    February 3, 2014

    Such a darling idea!!i actually have those stamps at home already so this will be perfect for V-Day! 😉

  3. 2moiselles

    February 3, 2014

    Very nice DIY . Thanks for the idea

  4. E

    February 3, 2014

    Is it just me or does sending a Valentine with a knife attached send the wrong message? Unless this is hipster ironic, in which case it’s still kinda creepy. 🙂 love the tassels and the type set, though. 🙂

  5. Sarah

    February 3, 2014

    These are beautiful! But it is supposed to be bad luck to ever gift a knife (superstition says gifting a knife severs the friendship). So in England and Sweden, the tradition is for the receiver to give the giver a penny or silver coin in exchange– making it a transaction rather than a gift, and thus restoring good karma. I think it’s fascinating! And I also would advise against the whole “sending a knife in a rigid mailer as a secret admirer” thing. That just seems like a miscommunication waiting to happen!

  6. Chiara

    February 3, 2014

    Hi E – Yes, I suppose you’re right! Now that I think about it….knife……anonymous stamped message…it IS kind of stalker-ish! Hopefully your friends have a sense of humor! I don’t know, I just have always loved that little Valentine’s poem and that’s what inspired me.

    Sarah – I’ve heard of that tradition and think it’s fascinating too! Thanks for your comments!

  7. Monica

    February 3, 2014

    It is a little creepy but super duper creative. So happy to see something other than cupcakes and candy.

  8. marjorie

    February 6, 2014

    this will make a cute gift and I think the little poem is adorable, thank you

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