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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

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!