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Free Printable Valentines Countdown

My kids love how we countdown to Christmas so much that I wanted to create a countdown for Valentines Day.

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My boys are so excited!

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On the inside of each chain there is a number and a handwritten note from me. Here is a sample of what the numbers look like inside.

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I also have included two different toppers for the countdown:

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For John I did the 14 Reasons I love you, and for my boys I did the 14 Reasons I love being their Mom. All I ever wanted to be growing up was to be a Mom! Sometimes in the day to day frustrations I think the joy of motherhood can be missed (or totally forgotten on certain days!) No matter what though, I want my boys to know that I love being their Mom!

To put the countdown together I started with cute scrapbook paper, not cardstock and I made sure the back was white. I used 5 different patterns.

 

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Because I wanted  to run the paper through the printer I cut them down to 8 1/2 x 11 and then I printed the countdown on the backs of the paper. I was making 4 different chains and I wanted the chain to alternate the pattern. To get that effect I had to print each new sheet on a different pattern. So I printed the same sheet onto 4 different patterns. I did the same for the rest of the days.

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Once I had them printed I cut them apart.

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Then I laid them out on the ground to make sure each chain looked right.

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I put them into their individual stacks and clipped them together. I took each stack one at a time and wrote all the different reasons on them.

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I wanted the pattern to show and hide the messages so I scored the papers in half.

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You can just fold them but I love how clean the fold looks when it is scored.

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To make the topper I backed the printed topper onto one of the extra patterned paper. I also wrote their name in the heart.

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Then I stapled each strip together. For the top strip I wanted to attach it to the topper so I left the overlap bigger and stapled it to the back like this:

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You can download and make your own. It wasn’t that hard to do and it looks so fun and cute! If you want a little simpler idea check out Pam’s countdown here. You could also just print this onto plain colored papers to make it simpler.

Happy Valentines Day!

Lisa

Author/co-founder of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I am passionate about creating, graphic design, DIY projects, gardening, cooking and all things home and family...with the exception of laundry! Most importantly I am a wife to my best friend, John and a Mom to 3 amazing boys! Thanks for stopping by today!
  • http://lovetobeinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Becky Bevan Blad

    This is so adorable! I love it. Pinned it so I remember to do this when my kids are a little older.

  • Tara

    My daughter is going to love this!

  • Leslie

    This is super cute! Pinning it.

  • Christina

    What kind of printer do you have?

    • johnlisa02

      An HP printer/scanner

  • Rachel

    Thank you for sharing this! It IS sweet and very cute, and I can’t wait to do it for my Littles this year now, too. : )