February 16, 2013

Letters of Love Take Flight

Paper Airplane Love Note via Tried and Twisted

Valentine's Day has come and gone. Can you feel the love?

Since I share my birthday with the annual commemorations for the St Valentine, the holiday has always had a special place in my heart. The day of whimsical love always served as a reminder to me growing up of the love for all the people I care about, friends and family.

Now for seven years, this holiday has been even more special as I spend them with the man of my life. But the holiday isn't about Hallmark cards and pre-packaged candies for us, so we almost always create something personal for each other to truly express our love.

Update: The full length video seems to have been removed from YouTube, so here's the Trailer version.

Recently, my fella shared this adorable video with me. This short from Disney is about a man who falls in love at first sight with a woman he passes at the train station. He sees her again in the building across the way, so he tries to get her attention with one paper airplane after another. The ending is magical, so I won't spoil it for you. This video inspired me for this year's Valentine's Day love note. Care to see how I made it?

Paper Airplane Love Note via Tried & Twisted blogspot

Paper (red for background, white for text, or any pattern/color you prefer)
Pen or sharpie

First, cut your red paper to be 8 1/2 x 11 inch. Fold a basic paper airplane in the red paper.

Cut a triangle out of the white paper to fit inside the center fold of your airplane. This way the message will be hidden inside your paper airplane. Pre-fold your triangle so it fits snugly and aligns correctly. Glue the triangle with your message inside the center fold. I prefer Elmers white glue. (Tip: Write the message before gluing it into place in case of any typos.)

Decorate the outside of your airplane. I cut two white pieces, smaller than the wings, so that it forms a red border around the outside.

Finally, I sketched a lipstick kiss onto the wing using red sharpie. You could stamp or print a kiss if you'd prefer.

Valentine's Mantel via Tried & Twisted

Rating: 1 out of 5. This is a quick and easy way to tell someone their love has hit the target like a paper airplane or your love has taken flight or any whatever metaphor you prefer. You could just as easily write a metaphor about cats. That will keep them guessing.

How did you tell someone you loved them this Valentine's Day? Any little message can carry big meaning. Just look at the little Valentine Monster my little nephew made for me at Grammy's daycare. Love it!

If you're looking for other Valentine's Day ideas, check out my posts below.

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  1. That's such a fun and clever idea. Didn't get to watch the video yet, but I will. I love the valentine your nephew made you! That is so sweet. Melts your heart, doesn't it?

    1. Isn't he super talented? He even made me cookies too! What a great kid!

  2. These are adorable! I could see these classic paper airplanes as decor for a lot of holidays or parties! (Maybe paper airplane table markers at the next barbeque or cookout?)

    1. Oh, table markers -- that's a great idea! I'll have to remember that idea.


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