January 8, 2015

Valentine’s Advent Love Notes

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day with a Love Notes Calendar

Advent calendars don’t have to be just for Christmas anymore – get Valentine’s involved, too! Make the days leading up to Valentine’s Day extra special by putting together this super sweet set of framed love notes to help you countdown until the ultimate day of love!

Valentine's Love Notes Calendar

Materials

Ready to get started?? Here’s what you’ll need to get going:

  • 11×14 Wood Frame *I found mine at a craft store, but you can use any frame you want, just make sure it’s made of wood or a composite of wood and not plastic.
  • String, Yarn, Ribbon or Metal Wire
  • Staple Gun *Sorry, a regular old stapler isn’t going to do the trick!
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Transparent Tape
  • Mini Clothespins or Clips *I painted mine with some acrylic paint I had lying around!
  • Glue or Sticker Paper
  • Printed Envelopes, Love Notes, Stickers, and Embellishments *Print everything on cardstock except the envelopes – they’re so tiny that they’re actually really tough to fold on a heavy paper, so just print those on regular computer paper! Valentine's Day Advent Materials

Assembly

Once you’ve gathered up everything you need, clear out some space on a sturdy table and have all your materials handy. Make sure your surface is clean or you might scratch your frame. Alright, ready? Let’s get to it!

1. If your frame has glass and/or a backing, go ahead and remove those. You won’t be needing them for this project.

2. Cut five lengths of your string to be about 13 inches long. These don’t have to be perfect and if you don’t want to measure exactly, just hold them across the opening of your frame – they should fit with a about an inch to spare on each side. If you’re unsure – make them too long, you can always shorten them up later!

3. Flip your frame over on your clean surface, so that you’re looking at the back of the frame and set it vertically in front of you.

4. Arrange your pieces of string from left to right across the back of the frame, spacing them evenly. Put your first string at the very top of your frame, so that it’s almost out of sight, then continue putting the others a bit below it. I’m not the measuring type, I just like to eyeball things, but if my elementary math serves me, you should leave about 3 inches of space between each string.

5. Use the tape to secure these (temporarily) and make any adjustments to ensure that everything is straight and even. Turn your frame over and check out how it looks from the front, too!

6. When you’ve got it all set up so you’re satisfied, put your frame back, face down on your sturdy surface. Place your staple gun centered on one side of the first string. Press firmly and staple!! Continue with both sides of each piece of string, then remove your tape.  Trim up any excess string so that it doesn’t show when you’re looking at the front of the frame.

Valentine's Day Advent Stapling
7.
Flip over the frame and admire your handiwork! Tell me that wasn’t easy-peasy!

Now, to get started on assembling the Love Notes Calendar:
8. Start by choosing your favorite banner option. I went with the one that says “Love Notes.” I didn’t want mine to be permanent, so I just used rolls of tape along the back and it’s stayed really well, if you’re looking for something more long term, go with a strong glue (but know that then you might have trouble with the bonus craft… keep on reading for more info!)
Valentine's Advent Love Notes Banner

9. On the precious little love notes, write some sweet-nothings to your honey. Think about why you love him, how he makes you smile, what sweet things he does for you, or the lyrics to your wedding song… remember, it’s the little things!

Valentine's Advent Itty Bitty Love Notes

10. Get the envelopes ready: Cut them out and fold along the lines. The easiest way to fold is to start with the side flaps (the smaller ones), followed by the bottom (the one that looks like the tip of the triangle was cut off), and then finally, the top flap. *I really liked the simplicity of a white envelope, so in addition to the gorgeous, patterned envelopes, I just grabbed some plain, white paper and traced and envelope to make a few plain ones. I think it makes the patterned ones stand out even more!

Folding Valentine's Love Note Envelopes

11. Place each love note inside a corresponding envelope.

Valentine's Advent Calendar Coordinating Love Notes and Envelopes

12. To hold the envelope together, use the number stickers provided. The BEST way to use these is to print on sticker paper (my favorite thing about doing it that way is that there’s no crazy gluing involved!), but printing them on cardstock and using glue to attach them works great, too!
Numbered Envelopes for Valentine's Love Notes

13. Use the mini clothespins to attach the envelopes and embellishments to your string.
Valentine's Love Notes Clipped on Display

14. Now all that’s left to do is admire your handiwork and find a great place to display your finished piece!
Valentines Advent Calendar Love Notes and Embellishments

 

Printables

Kristin from CDotLove created these retro-style envelopes and embellishments to dress up your itty-bitty love notes! With designs like this, they’re sure to get lots of attention!

Valentines Itty Bitty Love Notes

Snag your FREE printables to complete this project:

VALENTINE’S BANNER AND ENVELOPES

VALENTINE’S LOVE NOTES, EMBELLISHMENTS AND NUMBER STICKERS

Date Night

Valentines Advent Retro Cards

How fun would it be to turn your new Valentine’s Advent Calendar into a mini date night, every night until the big day?! You could start a nightly ritual of letting him open his note and enjoy a treat – chocolate has GOT to be involved!

If you’re into love notes, we have tons of other great ideas to help you write to the one you love!

Check out these really popular Open When Letters – they’re perfect for long distance relationships! 

If you’re looking for short and sweet love notes, there are TONS of Printable Post-It Notes to brighten up the day.

When you’re interested in dedicating a bit more time, try writing some super meaningful love letters, this amazing kit includes everything you need to enroll your spouse in the Love Letter of the Month Club!

Instagram Picture Frame

Instagram Printable Frames

If that wasn’t quite enough sweetness for you, we’ve got a BONUS idea… Once Valentine’s Day is over {sad} you can still use your love note frame!  Just unclip all your love notes and envelopes (if you haven’t already) and stash them somewhere safe (you’re definitely going to wanna reread those over and over again!), then use these adorable printable frames to create a piece you can keep up year-round!

Printable Instagram Frames in Green and Yellow

Framed Instagram Pictures in Yellow and Green

All you’ll need to do is print your favorite Instagram pictures and mix and match these adorable frames that Kristin from CDotLove whipped up for us. She is seriously amazing!! 

Printable Yellow Instagram Frames and Embellishment

She’s even created a few anytime/anywhere embellishments to dress things up a bit! I am always of fan of a project that has multiple uses!!

Instagram Frame Summer Embellishments

INSTAGRAM PICTURE FRAMES AND EMBELLISHMENTS

And, speaking of Instagram, don’t forget to follow The Dating Divas! We have so much fun over there! There are constantly incredible giveaways, silly and sweet pictures, and even insights into life as a diva – you do NOT want to miss out!!

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