Unraveling a Letter {diy}

By Brittni • posted on 01/20/2011

Here’s a fun idea for sending a message to someone you love… stamp it. I found these little wooden spools at the craft store and wanted to come up with a clever use for them. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought this would be a unique keepsake. Writing a letter that needs to be unraveled to be read. This could work for any occasion really….birthdays, just because, etc.

What do I need? Materials: Fabric or ribbon (length will vary depending on length of message), wooden spool (from craft store or recycled), rubber letter stamps, stamp pad, craft glue

How do I make it? Steps: 1. Cut a long strip of fabric about 1.5 wide and at least one yard long depending on how long you want your letter to be. You can also use ribbon as oppose to fabric (cotton webbing works great).

2. Leave a couple of inches on the end of the fabric strip blank and then begin stamping your message.

3. Once message is complete, glue the start of the message (the area that you left blank at the beginning) to the spool using craft glue. Ravel your message around the spool. Place in a decorative box and you are all set.

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Hi Jenna. I got my alphabet stamps at an antique store. Maybe you could check Etsy to see if they have any vintage ones that you like? Good luck with your search.


I just stumbled across the unraveling a letter for a valentine’s gift. I have been looking online for a couple hours now on where to get decent alphabet stamp sets. Where did you purchase yours for this particular DIY project?

Thank you,


What a cute idea!!

Jessica @shimmerkai

Oh, that’s a romantic letter. Gad to stop here in your blog and know something worth and new. I would probably do this to my Girlfriend.

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Hi Ms Muffin. Olive Manna has the best spools and they are very affordable. This one is my favorite:


So cute!!!
I would LOVE to get such a letter. Am not too sure what my husband would say to it … 😉
But I have no idea where to get such cute spools. Have not seen any around here. I know some people get vintage ones. But even those are either horribly expensive … or hiding from me! :-/

Will keep looking though!

Ms Muffin

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Glad you like the tutorial Annie. And thank you for the linkback on your blog. That’s great! Hope you have a great week.


Was searching for Budget valentine gift ideas for my family and came across this… how beautiful and since I have all the supplies it is certainly within my budget… FREE! Thanks so much for posting such a cute idea and I have linked your post to my budget valentines ideas article.


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Thanks Mom. 🙂


Awesome job! So sweet and thoughtful (and easy to do!) Thanks for the great idea


I’ve never seen this before…so clever!

Jana @ The Summer House

I found this post while searching for craft ideas for a huge bin of wooden spools I found while thrifting. Just love the idea. My daughters will love getting one of these! Thanks.


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I knew I was saving all those wooden spools for a reason!


Thanks everyone who has linked to this tutorial. It means a lot to me. You all are the best!


Aww, I love this! What a fun idea. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.


This is sooo sweet! I love the idea and I think it would indeed be great for family or friends! Thanks for sharing!

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This is really a fantastic idea! It could be given to anyone, anytime of the year, as a supportive note for someone who feels their life is ‘unraveling’. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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great idea!!


This is such a cute idea! I love it. Such a nice gift to give a sister or mother that loves sewing on V day! x

Lilly Higgins

I love this! Its so cute and adorable and EASY!


Thanks so much to everyone who has written about this project on their blog or left a comment here. I would love to see your finished version for those that have tried this…leave a link to a picture if you would like.




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What a truly clever idea!


What a lovely idea. I’ll be trying this one, thanks for sharing it.


Yes. I thought of doing it that way as well. But I had already written the message the opposite way when I thought of it. 🙂 Good idea.


Very cute! Gonna have to try this. My only suggestion that came to mind is to glue it the opposite way maybe? That way they read the message as the unroll it? So glue the fabric at the end of the sentance or message to the spool?


Darling idea! I should make one for my husband.

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GOOD job! this is something i’d definitely do one day. if you just could find some decent letter stamps in this darn country!


That’s so sweet, you’re so imaginative, Brittni!


Very nice! I love it!


sweet idea for those remnant pieces of ribbon!


Thanks everyone. These are so easy to make. I am addicted…


love it! great idea, brittni!


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Love this! I have all the stuff already. Better get busy! 🙂

Tania Welch

Brilliant! I absolutely LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing.

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