DIY Escape Room Date Night

Find the Key to Love

Have you heard about one of the latest trends in amazing date nights? They’re called Escape Rooms and they are SO much fun! You work together with your spouse {and friends} to solve a whole bunch of puzzles and riddles and try to “break out” of the room you’re locked in. It’s such a fun exercise in teamwork and logic – plus a gigantic sense of accomplishment when you actually “escape.” We’ve put our own Diva-twist on the idea of an Escape Room and turned it in to a search for the key to love!

DIY Escape Room Date Night Idea

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These puzzles were pretty tricky to create, but our friend Joanna did such an amazing job helping us make sure that everything worked smoothly. You can hop over to JAB Creative to thank her and check out all of the other incredible work she does. She’s got such attention to detail, so if you ever need a custom design, this girl has got you covered!

Escape Room Instructions

Now, let’s get your date night all set up! Use an x-acto knife to cut the key out of the invitation and then send out those invites. The goal of the night will be for your guests to find the key that fits back in to the heart lock on their invite. This is SO much fun as a group date and it works great with about three or four couples – so pick your smartest friends and get them excited about the games to come!

If you’re going to host this date night, you’ll want to read up on all the details in the answer key so you’ve got a good understanding of all the puzzles and how they work. If you want to participate, then you’ll have to beg someone else to do all the work! {Maybe you could just bribe them with lots of chocolate!}

**SPOILER ALERT!**

If you keep reading, you’ll start hearing about and seeing the solutions to the puzzles, so if you ever want to play yourself, stop now and pin this post so you can pass it on to your chocolate-loving friend later on! If you’re ready to play host, then keep on reading…

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Still with us? Yay!! So excited for you to set up the game! The first step is to hide all of the clues – and there are quite a few of them! Hide them in clever locations {my favorite is taped to the back side of blinds – SO tough to find!}, but don’t forget to put a few in more obvious locations, too – it’s no fun if your guests get super frustrated.

Escape Room Cards

When you’re ready for your group date night, get the game started by reading the back story. Then, you can have the couples work together to solve the puzzles while you and your spouse host together – OR, you could create two rooms and let the men and women compete to see who can find the key the fastest. It might be fun to time your guests. You could even just set up one room and let different groups take turns, setting a timer to see who finds the key to “escape” more quickly.

As your guests are playing, feel free to give hints. Try to come up with creative ways to hint about where the missing clues are hidden without giving away too much. You could even set a rule that each group gets to ask for three hints and then they’re on their own.

Escape Room Clues

Make sure you’re familiar with the puzzles and riddles as well as where you’ve hidden the clues! Ultimately, your guests’ goal is to find three numbers which will unlock your box and give them the key – if you want the game to go faster or be a little easier, you could tell them this ahead of time.

To figure out the first number of the lock, the guests will be searching for the “Love Clues’ {first comes love…}. They’ll need to find the pieces of the tangram puzzle and put them together to create a heart with a secret message. They can read the message with the decoder heart you’ve created. The message tells them the sun {a flashlight} shines from the East. They’ll have to find all of the pieces of the flashlight, including the “cover” that helps display the answer. If they use the assembled flashlight on the Heart artwork, it should reveal the number 14!

Escape Room Secret Message

In order to determine the second number in the code, they’ll be looking for “Marriage Clues” {then comes marriage…}. These come in the form of a postcard/letter. Your guests will need to find the hole punch and use it to punch out the engagement rings on one card. When that card is placed over the other card, it will reveal the letters that spell out the next number, TWENTY!

And to find the final number, they’ll be on the hunt for “Baby Clues” {then comes the baby in the baby carriage!}. They’ll be on the hunt for colored letters all over the room. The goal is to match each letter to the colors on the baby print. Once they’re matched in order, your guests will be able to read the word EIGHTEEN – the last number in the code!

Escape Room Puzzle

It’s a ton of work, and a ton of fun to put together all these puzzles, but if you’re worried you won’t have that much time, or that your guests will want things a little easier – no problem! You can easily modify these puzzles to be a bit more simple by doing things like: keeping the flashlight assembled and putting the cover on it for them, or punching out the holes in the postcard for them.

Well, are you ready to find the key to love?! Create this DIY Escape Room for your friends now!

About the Author: Megan

I find a way to be highly creative and highly organized all at the same time. I love discovering a new favorite book, sitting on my back porch in the mornings, mountain views, and random science facts! I married my high school sweetheart after dating for nearly a decade and I love meeting people who know how to make me laugh, like my husband who can crack me up by just looking at me.

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17 Responses to DIY Escape Room Date Night

  1. GAH! I don’t wanna read it because we want to do one when my siblings come in town for Thanksgiving! I found one of these pretty close to our house… SO excited!!!

  2. Hey Megan! I LOVE this idea and am planning on doing it this Sunday night for our family dinner (my husband and I try to get all our siblings and their spouses together once a month for dinner and this week it is it our place). I have printed and cut out everything as directed and tonight I was trying to see how it all worked out, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to line up the flashlight and the cutout cover with the heart shaped lock picture to reveal the number “14” as the answer key suggests. I’m feeling pretty dumb about now, but if you could give me any direction as to how that puzzle works itself out, that would be super helpful to be able to pass on to my family if they get stuck as well this weekend! I cannot WAIT to see what this event will look like!

    1. Oh my goodness Sarah! I’m so glad to hear you’re going to do this soon – that sounds so exciting!! I am SO sorry, it looks like I accidentally uploaded an earlier version of the printable, not the most updated one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I’ve switched it out for the correct one, so you’ll have to print that page again (sorry about that!) but it should work perfectly now! If you’re still having trouble though, definitely let me know—I’d be glad to help figure it out! We’d love to hear how it goes and even see pics if you snap a few!!

  3. Ah-ha! That picture makes so much more sense! Thanks for looking into it so quickly. Since no one is getting the invitation in advance, I’m planning on handing each participant an envelope, when they get here, with the invite and one of the puzzle pieces that I’d normally hide so that they can see what they’ll be looking for. It will be a little different since no one is coming expecting to do anything like this, but I’m hoping they’ll be excited as soon as it becomes clear that we’re doing it! Thanks for having the print outs to do it, and I’ll try to remember to let you know how it went 🙂

  4. I forgot to get back you before now and we didn’t take any pictures. I’ve never been to a real escape room but I figure the experience was similar in that people were anxious to find the answers to the puzzles which put everyone a little on edge because everyone wanted so badly to “win” the game. When it was frustrating for our participants and they seemed to be up against a mental wall, everyone would start to look at me with “help” in their eyes, but after a few clues at different times, they got the box unlocked and found their prizes (I added caramels to the box to add to their “treasure”). Even though they admitted it was frustrating during the game, they all definitely enjoyed it! Thanks again for such a cool evening 🙂

    1. Hey Marissa! No worries, this is definitely one of our more complex date ideas! The ‘clues’ are the printable pieces of the three different puzzles. So you’ll hide each of those pieces around the room. Your guests will need to find the pieces and figure out how they come together and what to do with those clues to reveal the ‘answer.’ As each puzzle is solved, a number is revealed as the answer and they’ll use those three numbers to unlock the box! Hope that helps, but if you have more questions, just let me know!! Have fun and good luck!

  5. Looking to do this for a couple small geoup for my church…. I just cant figure out how the participants would know to hole punch the engagement rings… is there a clue that I am missing directing them to do so?

    1. Nope, you’re not missing anything – they’ve just got to make some guesses to figure it out. It is a super tough clue so if you feel like your guests won’t get it, you can do the hole punching ahead of time or give them a hint when the time comes! Hope everything goes well – have tons of fun!!

  6. I’m having the same issue with the number 14. My husband and I have both tried to figure it out and we are at a loss. We’re hosting a church marriage retreat this coming weekend and we are planning to do this very escape room.Thanks for making this so easy to put together.

    1. Hi Kendra! I’m so glad you’re planning to use this fun date night! Last year I had uploaded an earlier, incorrect version of the printables but those have been updated and I just double checked to make sure that they are the correct ones – and they are, so you should be all set. If you’re looking at the picture in the post, it might be confusing because the piece that goes on the flashlight isn’t turned the way that it is in the printables but it is still the correct piece. Once you cut out the flashlight piece, the side that was printed on goes IN towards the flashlight, then just try turning the flashlight until it lines up to create a “14” like on a digital clock. Hope that helps, but if it’s still confusing just shoot me an email at megan@thedatingdivas.com and we’ll get it all sorted out!