February 10, 2011

How Do I Love Thee?


I recently did a Guest Post for the fabulous Kari over at Ucreate & I didn’t want OUR readers to miss out on all the fun….so here is the craft I came up with.  I hope you enjoy!  With Valentine’s Day in just a few days…..you may still be trying to figure out something to do for your “special someone”….


TODAY I am going to share a FABULOUS idea I came up with to let my man know how much I adore him.  Valentine’s Day is this coming Monday….are you ready?? Whatever fun surprise I came up with,  I wanted to make sure it was an extremely memorable one…..but also wouldn’t take me HOURS…so, of course, I had to come up with an amazing idea, right!?!


A couple years ago – I created a Christmas Countdown using a mini-muffin tin.  This inspired me to throw in a little twist on it and create a “How Do I Love Thee?” version for the big V-Day!!  Voila!!  Here is the final result….


This was SUPER easy to make – perfect if you are in a crunch trying to think up something fun to do for your man!  It will be even easier for you since I have already created the FREE printables that you will need.   :)


You will need to gather the following materials seen in the picture below: a mini-muffin tin (with 24 “slots”), a cutting board and/or scissors, my FREE printables, & fun ribbon.


You all LOVE how beat-up my cutting board is, right?!?  We have been through a lot together!  {WINK}  OK – you will also need to gather magnetic tape & some kind of scrapbooking adhesive.  I like to use those dots they sell at scrapbooking stores.  It’s also optional if you want to round your corners & ink the edges of all of the cards.  It will look absolutely adorable without doing either of those two things….so no worries if you don’t have ink or a punch for the corners.


Your first step is to cut everything out.  I know, I know….you prob already knew that, huh!  Tee, hee.  I am a teacher by day & a crafty lady/expert flirt-with-my-man by night!  What can I say – I am used to being around FIFTH graders all day! :)


Now – you will need to use a powerdrill to create the holes in which the ribbon is strung through!  Yep, you heard me!  Don’t worry – this will just make you feel that much more powerful!  I grabbed our drill and created holes that were about 5 1/2 inches apart.  {Hint: I would use a ruler & mark two dots with a marker at the exact places you want to drill.}  String your ribbon through those holes & tie.  You can then adhere the two “banners/sayings” to the top & bottom with the scrapbooking adhesive of your choice.  Finally, grab your magnetic tape & cut tiny pieces off the magnetic tape & apply it to the top & bottom of each of the cards….see the pic below.


Last but not least – write down 24 things (on little slips of paper) that you absolutely LOVE about your man!!  Fold them up and put one inside each “cup”!



….and THAT is how you create a “How Do I Love Thee?” surprise for your man!!   :)  I also thought this would be fun to do with your children as well.  You could even use this as a “countdown” to V-Day….starting on January 22 (idea for next year) OR start on February 1st and have it go through most of February….next year, of course!  You could put treats, notes, compliments, etc. inside each cup!  The options are endless!  But THIS year – use it to surprise your man on Valentine’s Day!  Who WOULDN’T want to read 24 compliments about themselves!?!

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27 Responses to “How Do I Love Thee?”

  1. Natalie says:

    Love this…I may make it this weekend and do it together…he has to fill the round days…I’ll fill the square days and then we can each have a turn feeling loved!! (is that selfish of me..lol)

  2. Marni L says:

    LOVE this idea! Instead of using a drill for the holes, if you have a Crop-a-dile punch, use that! Yep – that thing will cut through anything! (Believe me, I’ve tried it!)

    Can’t wait to make this!

  3. Nisha says:

    Well, this is about the cutest thing I ever did see AND a great excuse to buy a mini muffin pan…er, I mean, show my man I love him…lol :)

  4. Andrea M says:

    Oh My Goodness!! I so am doing this.. one for each of my kids (special treat for them for 24 days! or I can make it into \pick your chore for the day!!!\ lol Maybe I’ll turn it into pick your chore AFTER Valentine’s Day!! and I have a great idea for Hubby too!! :)

  5. Cami Cami says:

    Darling as ever Tara! Love it!!!!

  6. Sandi says:

    This has got to be one of the cutest things EVER! Tara I LOVE your countdown ideas!!!

  7. Ooh! Love this! I have some great ideas for notes to put inside this…

  8. Misti says:

    This would be a great idea for an anniversary or birthday, too. Family members can fill out slips of paper for the birthday person on their month.

  9. Anna says:

    I couldn’t find where you tag back to uncreate where you said you posted this first- do you have a link?

  10. Erin Simmons says:

    I know that this is REALLY far after Valentines Day but my husband and I’s first anniversary is coming up in Sept so I’ve been looking for some gift ideas. Your idea will fit perfectly especially since our anniversary is on Sept 24th! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jamie says:


    I LOVE this Valentine’s Day craft!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I hope you don’t mind I’ve added it to my Valentine’s Day craft hub here:


    Thanks again for sharing such cute craft project!

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hey Jamie!

      So glad you like it! Totally fine that you shared it on your hubpage. Thanks for letting us know! XO, Tara

      • What a GREAT idea! I love this! I think I am going to put this on my to-do for next year. So creative.

        We have our first ever link party- will you add this and any other awesome thing you have to our link party? It might be featured next week!

        Newest follower!

  12. laila says:

    the printables are not visible :(
    please please fix this, i’d like to make this for my husband !
    thank you girl love this URL <3

    • Tara Tara says:

      Hi Laila! If you click on any of the areas that say, “FREE printables” – then you will be able to download the PDFs. They seem to be working just fine for me. Try using a different browser or computer… the issue may be on your end. Good luck! XOXO

  13. lemondedis says:

    j’aime vraiment beaucoup !… je recherche des freebies sur le Net et je partage mes liens, pour l’instant sur Pinterest (où j’ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits), en attendant l’ouverture de mon propre site et je poste le lien immédiatement pour que tout le monde puisse réaliser cette bonne idée !… merci pour le partage… Is (si vous voulez voir ce que je fais, c’est là : http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/ )

  14. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    Cute idea! I’ve never used a drill on anything but wood so never would have thought about using it on a muffin tin. Thanks!

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