I never liked Valentine’s Day as a kid. There was so much pressure and it was a holiday “for the grownups.” My third grade teacher wouldn’t let us have a Valentine’s Day party. She said it wasn’t a real holiday so we weren’t celebrating it. That year, on February 14 we watched the other third grade classes exchange cards and I vividly remember seeing a tray of cupcakes floating past our room.
So, now that I’m grown up with my own permanent Valentine (thanks hubby!) I’m reminded of all the good Valentine’s Days that I had. All the times my grandmother would give us small heart-shaped Valentine’s candy boxes. How my Mom helped me make a Valentine’s Day card box that almost won the first grade box-making contest!
That’s why I started the Valentine’s Day Inspirational Heart Project — as a way for loved ones to have a positive memory to cherish. It works like this, each day put a heart with a special message on the bedroom door of the person you want to encourage. Last year I started with my children’s bedroom doors.
I started about two weeks before Valentine’s Day, each day adding one heart. As you can see, these are just simple pieces of paper with hand-written messages. Nothing fancy! One of my favorites is, “I love your inventions” to encourage my son to keep thinking and creating!
The big green heart at the top of my daughter’s door is from my son. His idea. My heart swoons just looking at this.
I love this one that I put on my son’s door.
And this one on my daughter’s door.
The point is to be inspiring. I stayed away from “you’re pretty” types of comments, and went for character traits I was proud of.
I even put some on my own bedroom door, for my husband. He had just been laid off from his job and I was able to encourage him with words and affirmations that told him I was proud of him and that we’d be fine.
Then, the kids, unprompted, each put hearts on our door!
I was blown away with this project last year. My husband and my kids were so appreciative and they looked forward to the hearts each day.
And, since I know how busy mom’s get, this year I created a free printable that you can download to use. It takes all the guess work out of it and let’s you just print, cut, and put on the door. The printable includes colorful hearts, blank hearts, and hearts with pre-written sayings (for the days you’re really busy.) Try it out. Click here to download or fill out the form below this post and you’ll be able to download the booklet to get started.
Valentine's Day Heart Project
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