Today, we’re sharing a countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar that is so simple to make it can easily be customized to help friends or loved ones celebrate Valentine’s Day with anticipation and excitement!
As you might have guessed, this DIY calendar is actually based on the Advent Calendar we use during the holidays. Each day, in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day we’ll have the littles perform a specific task or enjoy a small gift.
Most of the tasks are super easy such as, “Make heart shaped cookies today,” or “Wear red or pink to school today.” While other tasks might take a bit more creativity such, “Perform random acts of kindness today.”
The exciting thing about this countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar is that you can personalize each activity or gift based on the recipient’s age and interests. All our littles are in elementary school which made this calendar really easy to put together.
Here’s a look at all the details so your family can enjoy counting down to Valentine’s Day with a calendar like this too…
Valentine’s Day Calendar Supplies:
- Picture Frame
- Staple Gun (optional)
- Staples (optional)
- Gift Bags
- Heart Embellishments
- Small Gifts, Candy, Treats
Valentine’s Day Calendar Steps:
Step 1: Attach and secure a ribbon of your choice to a frame. You can see how we secured the ribbon in the gray frame in our Antique Picture Frame Advent Calendar post by using a staple gun and staples.
Depending on how heavy your gift bags are you can also secure the ribbon to the picture frame with knots. No matter what technique you choose, you need to make sure the ribbon is completely secured to the picture frame.
I made the countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar both ways and to be honest, the frame with the staples seems to be more stable the one frame with the knots.
Step 2: Once you have the frame finished, set it aside and start working on the activity/gift tags. You’ll need to create and number 14 different tags which means you’ll need 14 different Valentine’s Day inspired ideas. These are the ideas we’ll be using…
- Eat something red or pink at the same meal.
- Practice random acts of kindness today. (I put chocolate hugs and kisses in the gift bag that goes with this day.)
- Make your mom and dad a book telling them why you love them. Be sure to draw pictures and be creative. (I put a small heart shaped book and stamps in the gift bag that goes with this day.)
- Share a compliment pencil with your besties, your teachers or your brother today. (I put compliment pencils and Valentine’s Day inspired erasers in the gift bag that goes with this day.)
- While your dad is busy ask your mom to help you sneak outside and decorate the inside of his truck. (I put different colored streamers and kisses in the bag that goes with this day.)
- Mail Nana a Valentine’s Day card.
- Decorate your bike for Valentine’s Day and lead the bike parade.
- Bake heart shaped cookies today. (I put heart shaped cookie cutters and different kinds of sprinkles in the gift bag that goes with this day.)
- Snuggle up with a soft blanket, pop some popcorn, make pink hot chocolate and watch your favorite Valentine’s Day movie.
- Take a relaxing bubble bath. (I put a bath bomb and a rubber duck in the bag that goes with this day.)
- Wear red or pink to school today.
- Invite Mimi and Popi to get ice cream or a Frosty today.
- Bring your teacher flowers to school today.
- Dress your best and take your mom out for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner.
Step 3: Fill the gift bags.
Step 4: Attach the activity tags and gift bags to the ribbon on your picture frame with clothespins.
Step 5: Enjoy!
It’s important to note, I checked with my sisters to find out what their busiest days were so I could make those days, light activity days. I also made sure my parents would be available to take the littles out for ice cream on their designated day. Prior planning is key!
In addition, I included a card explaining the purpose of the countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar to the littles so they wouldn’t be looking for candy every day ? One of my sisters is extremely conservative when it comes to sweets and the other is very conservative when it comes to “little junk” so I tried my best to make it fun while respecting their individual lifestyles.
Also, it goes without saying if you have small children or mischievous pets, you’ll need to put the countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar in a safe place where they won’t be able to access it without adult supervision.
My family came over to help with the dining room makeover yesterday and the littles are already excited about the daily activity prompts and to find out what’s in each bag. Of course, their excitement just made us even more excited.
What we love about the countdown to Valentine’s Day calendar is how easily it can be customized for a wide variety of ages, interests and busy lifestyles too. Now is a great time to find Valentine inspired treats or gifts. They don’t have to be anything expensive at all to make an impact. We picked up most of these gifts at craft supply stores and dollar stores.
How do you guys countdown to Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear all about it!