No valentine card or gift is as romantic as a valentine you make yourself. And most romantic of all is a valentine poem wrapped in a scroll and sealed with a beaded bow. The romantic valentine poem scroll is easy to make and will look like no other valentine your loved one has ever seen. Age the paper you write the valentine on to symbolize a love stronger than time. Burn the edges for a valentine that will survive a trial by fire. Choose a poem that speaks to your valentine alone and scrawl your words with gilded ink. Then seal your romantic valentine poem scroll with a beaded bow. Though cheap and easy to make, this will be an unforgettable romantic valentine.
Romantic Valentine Poem Scroll: Step #1: AGING THE PAPER
Make very strong tea with a dark brown hue. Crumple your valentine sheet of paper and immerse it in the tea. Leave for half an hour, mixing periodically. If the valentine paper has darkened enough to your taste, squeeze it dry. If not, immerse the valentine for another half hour. After squeezing your valentine paper, smooth it and leave to dry. The crinkles left behind will enhance the aged effect.
Romantic Valentine Poem Scroll: Step #2: YOUR ROMANTIC VALENTINE POEM
Your romantic valentine poem should be true to you. Rhyming and witty, if you are playful and smart. Romantic and passionate, if such is your soul. Unique, if you always take the road not chosen. So take your time choosing the perfect valentine poem that says what you wish to say, in just the way you wish to say it. Here’s where you can find valentine poems for every kind of valentine. Just remember that your valentine poem must fit on a single sheet of paper.
Romantic Valentine Poem Scroll: Step #3, PEN YOUR ROMANTIC VALENTINE
Don’t worry about calligraphy. Your romantic valentine poem scroll will seem all the more romantic with your natural handwriting. Choose a gold marker, like a Sharpie, which can be found online or at your local office supply store. Plan in advance how to fit your poem on the Valentine paper, while leaving a two to three inch margin all around. It’s a good idea to create a draft first before you write the romantic valentine poem on your aged paper, which should be fully dry before you start.
Romantic Valentine Poem Scroll: Step #4, BURN THE EDGES
Burning the edges of your romantic valentine poem enhances the aged appearance of the scroll. Standing over a sink, with the water running in case you will need to quickly put out the flames, start burning the margins of your romantic valentine poem scroll. Work slowly, to prevent the flames from spreading too fast, until your valentine has an uneven burned edge all around.
Romantic Valentine Poem Scroll: Step #5, ROMANTIC VALENTINE RIBBON
Seal your romantic valentine poem scroll by rolling it and tying with a ribbon. To enhance the beauty of your romantic valentine ribbon, buy a handful of glass beads at your local craft store and string them on the ribbon. This will create a beautiful valentine bow when you tie your romantic valentine poem scroll with a butterfly knot.