Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine's Advent Calendar DIY

I love Valentine's Day. And not only because I love any excuse to eat a wide variety of things covered in chocolate, but because I love to make handmade cards, gifts, etc. and give them to the people I love! I'm lucky enough to have an awesome dude in my life who I can shower with cheesy things on heart day, but if I didn't, I'd be Galentine-ing it, Leslie Knope style.

This V-day DIY is based on a tradition I've forced upon Josh for the past three years: the Valentine's advent calendar!

Starting on February first, you get to open one envelope a day leading up to Valentine's Day, to reveal a love note, tiny piece of origami, small gifts like movie tickets/love-y coupons, etc. Here is the advent calendar I created this year, along with instructions for you to make your own!

  • number stencils
  • red acrylic paint & small paint brush 
  • scissors 
  • double-sided tape or glue stick 
  • small kraft envelopes (I used 3.25" square ones from Michael's) 
  • scrapbook paper OR up-cycled book pages (dictionary pages would work perfectly!) 
  • mini clothespins & baker's twine (optional)
  • notes, candy, and other small gifts

  • Cut 14 small hearts, about 2.75" wide, out of the scrapbook paper or book pages. I used the super-handy Silhouette Cameo, but you can easily cut them by hand.
  • Using the stencils, paint numbers 1-14 on the patterned side of the hearts. Allow the paint to dry about 10 minutes.
  • With double-sided tape or a glue stick, adhere hearts to the outside of the envelopes.
  • Stick some love-y notes, small candy or other little trinkets inside the envelopes and seal (with a kiss). Display using twine and mini clothespins to string them on the wall, or simply stick them to the wall with double-sided tape in the shape of a heart.
  • Enjoy!

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