DIY Valentine's Advent Calendar- Counting Down the Ways I Love you

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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To me, Valentine's isn't about chocolate and flowers. And I don't really feel the need for gifts so closely following Christmas (but I certainly wouldn't turn a gift away)  What I do love about this holiday is the love note that my husband writes to me each year. He has a special talent for writing cards, I cry every time I read own of his sappy love letters.

Start the countdown to Valentine's on February 1st with this {sweet} advent calendar. On the inside of each envelope, write a love note and tell your sweetie what it is about them that makes you smile. For my girls, I also wrote out a fun valentine's activity that we can do that day. We'll be baking cookies, drawing hearts and taking bubble baths. Let me know what you will be doing with your sweeties!

Follow these DIY instructions and make you own sweet calendar. 

Here are the supplies you will need:
1. Download the 14 envelope files here, you will need to sign up for a Scribd account to download
2. White Cardstock
3. Scissors
4. Glue
5. A cute way to display your cards, I used ribbon and mini clothespins

  Download all 14 of the envelope files first- get them here

 Print the files onto white cardstock

 Cut out the outline of the "envelope"

Fold all four corners of the "envelope" into the center

Write your love note or activity in the center

Fold in two triangles that are opposite each other and dot with glue. Repeat 
with the two remaining sides (make sure that the side with the 
number on it is the topmost triangle) Next, place the "envelope" underneath something heavy while it dries.

They should look something like this after the glue sets

Aren't they adorable?

You're done! Now display them!

I hung mine up on gorgeous ruffled ribbon with mini clothespins.  Mine went up in completely random order. We're learning our numbers over here so this will help Miss Charley in identifying numbers and learning to count.

See, isn't this ribbon amazing?



Leave me a note about what you'll be writing to your sweeties and how you plan on displaying these. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

11 comments:

Carly said...

I adore this idea and am definitely going to make one of these for my incredibly deserving hubby, he'll love it :)
Paige, you should also contact http://www.thedatingdivas.com/, as they are always featuring cute ideas like this and would maybe love for you to guest blog for them!

Stephanie said...

Love this!! Shared it on my blog for you!! xoxo!

Debbie Corbari said...

LOVE THIS!! I'm totally doing it! YAY!

Living a Changed Life said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

HALLELUJAHS said...

So fun! Love it! Shared on my blog. Thank you so much!

Blessings,
Holly
http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

♥Ẫçӗ♥ said...

I just found this and it's so lovely (^_^) Thank you for sharing this with everyone!

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! Can you share thesize of the squares? I would like to make this style for my daughters birthday. :)

Aida said...

Wow, this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, I'm really looking forward to doing this :) I Think I'll get a similar ribbon and hang it in the same place we had our advent calendar.
Greetings from Germany!

Dee said...

Love this Idea! Shared it on my CraftBliss Facebook page and linked back to you. ~Dee

Kristina Unhjem said...

loved your SWEET ideas. Shared on my blog. We have our advent calender still up for Christmas, I turned it into a LOVEABLE advent calender and will use some of your ideas. Thanks again! HUGS,(KLEM)from NORWAY

Nikki Burns said...

This idea is so cute! Definately using it this year to decorate my boyfriends room when he is at work! Making a title page saying "14 Reasons Why I Love You." Such a great page thanks a lot!