{Secret} Message in a Bottle Valentine

I can’t wait to share this fun Valentine’s Day gift idea with you guys! I found the most adorable vintage game pieces at the craft store, and used them to create a “secret message” for my son’s valentine this year.

These wooden game pieces are numbered 1-90….

{Continue reading for the full tutorial, and links to download the free printable tags}

Aren’t they just darling? I picked them up in the scrapbook section of JoAnn’s… the brand is Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
The package of 90 pieces retails for $9.99, but it was on sale for $4.99 when I got it :) You can also get them here. They are so cute, it is definitely worth it!

To create my secret valentine message, I used one of my favorite stamp sets and StazOn ink in blazing red:

I lined up all the pieces in number order, then flipped them over and started stamping each word.

When I was all done, I mixed up the pieces and poured them into a clean glass Crush bottle I had left over from another project:

Another easy option would be to use a Mason jar:
I created 2 different styles of tags that say, “Secret Message in a Bottle” for you to use:
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 I can’t wait to give this to my 7-year-old… I know he will love “decoding” a secret message from mom!


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  1. says

    What an adorable and creative idea! Just love it. Pinning for sure. Oh, and love it so much I’ll be sharing on my Mason Jar Crafts Love (www.masonjarcraftslove.com) blog tomorrow! I just use a single photo and clear link back … hope that’s okay?!

    :) Linda


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