Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine Countdown

I meant to post about this fun Valentine countdown calendar on Monday.  But then the furnace decided to go.  That's the problem with furnaces - they don't check with anyone else's schedule.  So here it is a few days late...

I started with my sweet dollar-store-tray turned magnetic-chalkboard-tray from last year.  I bought a few packs of these conversation heart boxes from Walmart.

I like that they're Valentine-y without being pink.  This is, after all, a boy's Valentine countdown calendar.  While I like the colors, I did not like the words on them.  Enter a little Goo Gone from the Dollar Store

A few wipes of the Goo Gone and that print was, well, gone

To make the heart boxes magnetic, I just cut up a few old advertisement magnets and adhered a piece to the back of each box with a dab of hot glue.

Now for the fun part - numbering the boxes.  That part'll be easy I thought - just buy some white number stickers and {bam} cute countdown.  Oh silly me.  Nothing is ever that easy.  I couldn't find any white numerical stickers that were the right size for these boxes.  So instead, I cut each number out of felt and hot glued them on.  See, that's why we're pretending that all of the numbers were on in the first picture.  It took a crazy long time and I still have a few to glue on.  After all the boxes are numbered, just fill with a few Hershey Kisses, or your sweetheart's candy of choice

On a totally random tangent, I think all month's should have fun countdown calendars.  Idea for Christmas gifts - a year of Kisses.  A Hershey-Kiss-a-day calendar.  Now that's my kind of calendar!


amy@flexibledreams said...

This is AWESOME!! It's like advent for Valentine's Day! If I could find the boxes I'd totally make this. Nice work!

Michelle @ Crafts and Crap said...

Seriously, one of the cutest things I have ever seen. I would have never thought to take off the words with Goo Gone. So smart!

Kristen @ said...

what an adorable idea!! Absolutely LOVE this! If you have a chance would love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

Ani said...

That is adorable! I enjoy countdowns, I'm actually working on a couple advent calendars to give out as Christmas gifts :)

Summer said...

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


Jen @ said...

Really cute idea!! I featured it on my TT&J FB page and linked to you :)


Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

Loved this idea so much I had to share it on my Shout Out Sunday! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea.


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