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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

{love buckets...a valentine countdown}

I just love Valentine's Day. I love it even more now, being able to celebrate it with my kids, as well as my husband.

I found these darling red and pink tin buckets at Michael's for only $1.99, and bought one for each child. Next, I pulled out my trusty Silhouette, cut out their names in vinyl (font = century gothic), and placed them on the outside of the bucket. I also used it to cut out a stack of red, pink, and white cardstock hearts. You certainly don't have to have Silhouette to do this, though. You could print names on white cardstock, mat them on pink/red cardstock, and use either mod podge or double stick tape to adhere them to your buckets or boxes.

Each day starting February 1st, and running through February 14th, I will leave a little love note in each of their buckets, writing something special about them, plus either a small treat or letting them know of a fun activity planned for that day.

I will also encourage each of them to write notes for each other (on the hearts I cut out), and leave them in their buckets for them to find. There will be no limit to the amount of notes/drawings they can write--just anytime they want to!

Some ideas for activities:

Valentine Bingo
make homemade Valentines
make a Valentine chain
decorate sugar cookies
watch a fun Valentine show
have a tea party
make paper sack puppets
make a heart mobile



Blogger melissa said...

i love this idea! my little girl (3) has just gotten into writing notes....or what looks like notes. she will LOVE this. and i work so she writes me notes and draws pictures for me while i am away. i think she will get a kick out of having a bucket full of goodies for mommy:)))

January 19, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger The Girl Creative said...

Very cute idea. :) I did this with mailboxes a few years ago and the girls never forgot. They keep asking me when it's going to start again. :)

January 19, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

darling! i love the candy hearts bracelets too///! :)

January 19, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Precious!!! Now I must get a Silhouette!

January 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Craft Junkie Too said...

What a fun project! I love it....:)

January 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Haute Deb Designs said...

That is such a cute idea! I'm going to have to steal it ;)

January 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

I absolutely ADORE that idea ... and my kids would love to get some love notes. Hope you don't mind if I steal the idea!

January 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger debbie susee said...

We do this and I always look forward to it. It's a tradition that will be very meaningful to your family.

January 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

What a cute idea--I love that you are making Valentine's special!

January 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I love your site! It is chalk full of great ideas for just about everything. My most favorite is for todays post when you say you will leave your kids notes about fun activites you will do. Im like, "oh..great idea, but what kind of activities." And then you list a bunch too. Its great. Thanks :)

January 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love this idea and may have to copy you! I think my children and husband would love to do this. Maybe all 5 of us! Thanks for sharing :)

January 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

What a cute/fun/simple idea!!

January 19, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Thoughts from my Page said...

These are so sweet.

January 19, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Dee Parker said...

I found a link to your blog at Scissors & Spatulas, I'm now following, and am glad I found your blog.

January 19, 2011 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Jenny! said...

This is a very sweet idea! I would love to make this a tradition with my babygirl :)

January 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

So very cute--as always.

January 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Erin Eberhart said...

I am anxious to try cutting vinyl with my cricut! Love the ideas...thanks for sharing :)

January 20, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Adena (aka cre82learn) said...

I haven't even had time to *start* Valentine's Day crafts! LOVE the buckets! Wanted to let you know that I have awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about it here.

January 21, 2011 at 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just discovered your great blog & loved it. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

January 21, 2011 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

LOVE it! I'd also love to know what font you used for the names! :) Thanks!!

January 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

MJ--The font is century gothic, my favorite plain font!

January 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

love this and plan to make these for my 2 little girls....what a fun idea. thank you!

January 22, 2011 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Love these! What a great idea!

January 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

This is fabulous! My kiddos are going to be thrilled to bits. Thanks for making my job that much better. ;)

January 24, 2011 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Ali Holt said...

Love this idea! I linked to this craft on my new blog!
THANKS for your ideas and tutorials!

January 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Wend_Maree said...

The Love Buckets are such a cute have inspired me to make some!!
Wend, Sydney Australia

February 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

Cute cute cute!!!! This will be great for 14 days of valentine's!!!! Also, thanks for the tip on the modge podging since I don't have a way to vinyl. I use the smaller buckets for markers, crayons, etc and was trying to figure out how to label them.

January 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger kimik said...

what an adorable idea thank you for sharing with us. my babies will love getting notes esspecially my girl, she is forever writing little notes now my turn so giggy for them.

February 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM  

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