Create a New Valentines Tradition, Love Letters in a Bottle

 
All Photographs by Jen Dillender

All Photographs by Jen Dillender

Originally published 02.07.15

We are so excited to welcome Katy Bohls to the blog today sharing a fun and unique Valentine's tradition! You may also notice our adorable models - the sweet Nelsons from Love, The Nelsons.

Valentine's Day can often evoke a sense of panic or crazy expectations for couples. What we love most about this idea by Katy is that it is both meaningful and really simple to do! It doesn't cost a lot of money, and, you then have something fun and unique to look forward to for next year!

Start a new tradition this Valentine’s Day! It’s easy, meaningful and something you can work on year round. Follow how Shalyn and Drew begin a fun DIY of messages in a bottle. Each week, for the entire year, the couple will write sweet love notes, dreams and fun memories to one another and place them in the bottle. Next year, on Valentine’s Day, they will sit and share their words with one another. 

Valentine’s Day can often evoke a sense of panic or crazy expectations for couples. What we love most about this idea by Katy is that it is both meaningful and really simple to do!

Supplies Needed

Large bottle or jar with a lid

Paper (we used white and ivory paper to help distinguish her notes from his notes)

String or ribbon (two colors to distinguish her notes from his notes)

Hole punch

Scissors

Paper shredder (optional)

Pens 

Step One

Begin by cutting your paper into sections. We cut ours into 2”x4” pieces. 

Step Two

Using a hole punch, create a hole on the side of the newly cut paper section. 

Step Three

Then cut string or ribbon pieces about 10” long. 

Step Four

Thread the string or ribbon through the hole. Continue to cut, punch and string 52 paper tags each to use through out the year ahead. 

Step Five

Starting today, write a little love note, share your dreams or a fond memory you want to read to your love next year. 

Step Six

Be sure not to share this note with your significant other, they will have to wait until next year! Once you have completed the note, roll it up and tie it to keep it from unraveling. Then drop it in the bottle.

Step Seven

If you can’t wait to read your first note until next year, go ahead and write one more to hang from the outside of the bottle to enjoy year round!

Step Eight

Place the bottle in a location that you frequent. Maybe in your kitchen or living room table, to help remind you to keep writing love notes once a week for the rest of the year.

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Full Story Credits: Couple, Shalyn and Drew Nelson Photographs by Jen Dillender Concept and Floral Design by Katy Bohls of Without Wax, Katy Captured at The Nelson's Home