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There is nothing more uninspiring than the drugstore Valentine aisle. Forget Hallmark this year and impress your Valentine with a love letter from their favorite author tucked inside a paper mailbox -- complete with a hinged door and quaint red mailbox flag.

For this DIY-Valentine you’ll need the following materials:

- 3 sheets of card stock
- double-sided tape
- single hole punch
- paper fasteners
- craft knife
- pen
- mini envelope and card
- craft scissors

Feel free to use this lovely template from her Craftacular Highness, Martha Stewart, if you’re artistically challenged like me or create your own version of the 3-D paper mailbox.

Once you’ve assembled your mailbox, inscribe a note with a short quote or passage from your Valentine’s favorite author, slip it inside a mini envelop and deliver it to your “mailbox.”

Hopefully, your beau’s favorite writer is someone romantic like poet, Pablo Neruda. You’ll have an easy time finding lovey-dovey quotes encapsulating your true feelings. But perhaps your Valentine is more into stark Russian prose. Not incredibly romantic but -- fear not! Your letter will just be that much more unique.

I’ve chosen to use a quote from one of my guy’s favorite authors, Fyodor Dostoevsky, but you can borrow from any author that has meaning to you or your Valentine.

On the small note tucked inside the mailbox, I wrote:

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at
first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

Works every time. You're welcome.

-FD

Short. Sweet. And completely unique. Your beau will appreciate your creativity and hey, you remembered their favorite author! Bonus points.

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Supplies!

Cutting open the mailbox

Finished card and mailbox

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Cristina Perachio lives, writes and, most importantly, eats in Philadelphia. She is currently a Contributing Writer with Philadelphia Weekly where her quirky food column, "You're Quite the Dish," written from the perspective of "the food," features outstanding eats in Philly. Cristina believes in cooking with olive oil, craft therapy, the powers of red lip stick, reading Bukowski in the winter and The Rum Diary each summer.

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