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1023 Springdale Road, Building 6B
Austin, TX, 78721
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Austin's favorite stationery shop and workshop studio.


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D.I.Y.: Valentine's Secret Message

Pei Sim


Who says kids should have all the fun with cute little valentine’s day notes? Surprise your friends and co-workers with the cutest little valentine’s mini prints that’ll leave them feeling loved and adored!

With a few simple supplies, you’ll be able to whip up your own secret messages for your friends to discover. Deliver them alongside a sweet treat or their favorite stationery for a handmade and fun touch this Valentine’s Day!



  • Watercolor paper (cut down to 5x7)
  • Mini watercolor sets
  • White crayon
  • Twine
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: All of our supplies for making a secret message valentine!

After cutting down your paper to 5x7 (this makes it easy for them to slip it into a frame :) write your secret and hidden message using the white crayon. (after testing MANY white crayons, this one worked/showed up the best!)

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Using our white wax pencil to write our secret messages.

Put your paper into an envelope, tie it up with twine and include a mini watercolor set. We like to include a little note that tells them it’s a secret message inside and to use the watercolor paint to uncover it!

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Putting our card into an envelope to gift.
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Tying our mini watercolor pallets with some twine onto the envelope.
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: ALL of our finished Valentine hidden message cards.

Your recipient can use the mini watercolor set or their own painting supplies to uncover your secret message!

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Now we are watercoloring the paper to reveal the message!
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Our final products.

We shared this D.I.Y. in addition to a couple of other fun valentine’s on TV last week!

Watch our D.I.Y. segment on Studio 512 here!

Who will you be sending your valentines to this year?