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Customized Test Tube Valentines

Posted by Morena Hockley

With Valentine's Day around the corner, you might be looking for a fun alternative gift you can craft for someone you're sweet on! I used plastic storage tubes to make one-of-a-kind Valentines. I put my metal stamps to use on chipboard to make personalized message strips that are fun and easy to create. Here's how I did it.

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Supplies:

  • PLASTIC STORAGE TUBES
  • ALPHABET METAL STAMPS
  • DESIGN STAMPS 1/PKG-WHIMSY HEART 3MM
  • STEEL BLOCK SMALL 2"X2"
  • MONA LISA ADHESIVE PEN WITH GOLD LEAF AD PAPER
  • CHIPBOARD 8X8 XL HEAVY 2PC
  • NATURAL STICK IT ADHESIVE - DIE CUT ADHESIVE SHEETS
  • TWINE
  • JEWELRY CHARM

Also, don't be afraid to put your own spin on these tubes for Valentine's Day!

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Place the adhesive sheet on the back of the chipboard and cut into strips.

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Use the stamping block and metal stamps to press a message and/or design into the chipboard.

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Use the adhesive pen to apply glue to the stamped chipboard piece. Let it set for a few minutes before applying the gold leaf paper to the piece. Brush off excess gold leaf with a soft brush.

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Apply the gold leafed chipboard strip to the plastic tube using the adhesive that was applied in step one. Embellish the tube with twine, charms, and/or ribbon.

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I filled my tubes up with red sugar sprinkles. It would be fun to tie this tube onto a box with an iced cupcake inside. Or you could fill various tubes with different toppings and make a gift set for someone who likes to bake! Alternately, you could add pink Nerds, mini M&Ms, or any other small candy treat to these sweet talking test tubes. Have fun crafting and creating!

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