I just love Valentine's Day. It's always been one of my favorite holidays, and I love it even more now that I have children. We have a lot of fun with lots of different traditions, but these Love Buckets are a favorite with everyone! It's a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the whole family!
I found these darling red and pink tin buckets at Michael's for only $1.99, and bought one for each child. Next, I pulled out my trusty Silhouette, cut out their names in vinyl (font = century gothic), and placed them on the outside of the bucket. I also used it to cut out a stack of red, pink, and white cardstock hearts. You certainly don't have to have Silhouette to do this, though. You could print names on white cardstock, mat them on pink/red cardstock, and use either mod podge or double stick tape to adhere them to your buckets or boxes. You could also use sticker letters found at any scrapbook or hobby store.
How do the love buckets work?
About mid-January, we kick things off for Family Night. The buckets are placed in our family room where everyone can reach them, and the cardstock hearts set out. The kids write notes and draw pictures on the hearts for each other, focusing on things that they love about that person, or even an act of service that they performed for them. My husband and I join the fun too, and in addition to writing things about each child, we can also share a funny Valentine joke, and maybe throw in a piece of candy or two. ☺
We check the buckets once a week, and you should just see the kids' faces! They love it so much, and I love that not only are we celebrating Valentine's Day, but each other too. ♥♥♥