{love buckets}

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!

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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.

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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. ♥♥♥


Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. i love this idea! my little girl (3) has just gotten into writing notes….or what looks like notes. she will LOVE this. and i work so she writes me notes and draws pictures for me while i am away. i think she will get a kick out of having a bucket full of goodies for mommy:)))

  2. Very cute idea. :) I did this with mailboxes a few years ago and the girls never forgot. They keep asking me when it's going to start again. :)

  3. darling! i love the candy hearts bracelets too///! :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Precious!!! Now I must get a Silhouette!

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a fun project! I love it….:)

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is such a cute idea! I'm going to have to steal it ;)

  7. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely ADORE that idea … and my kids would love to get some love notes. Hope you don't mind if I steal the idea!

  8. Anonymous says:

    We do this and I always look forward to it. It's a tradition that will be very meaningful to your family.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What a cute idea–I love that you are making Valentine's special!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I love your site! It is chalk full of great ideas for just about everything. My most favorite is for todays post when you say you will leave your kids notes about fun activites you will do. Im like, "oh..great idea, but what kind of activities." And then you list a bunch too. Its great. Thanks :)

  11. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea and may have to copy you! I think my children and husband would love to do this. Maybe all 5 of us! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a cute/fun/simple idea!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    These are so sweet.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I found a link to your blog at Scissors & Spatulas, http://www.scissorsandspatulas.com/. I'm now following, and am glad I found your blog.

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is a very sweet idea! I would love to make this a tradition with my babygirl :)

  16. So very cute–as always.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am anxious to try cutting vinyl with my cricut! Love the ideas…thanks for sharing :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    I haven't even had time to *start* Valentine's Day crafts! LOVE the buckets! Wanted to let you know that I have awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about it here.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered your great blog & loved it. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.

  20. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it! I'd also love to know what font you used for the names! :) Thanks!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    MJ–The font is century gothic, my favorite plain font!

  22. Anonymous says:

    love this and plan to make these for my 2 little girls….what a fun idea. thank you!

  23. Love these! What a great idea!

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is fabulous! My kiddos are going to be thrilled to bits. Thanks for making my job that much better. ;)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea! I linked to this craft on my new blog!
    THANKS for your ideas and tutorials!


  26. Anonymous says:

    The Love Buckets are such a cute idea..you have inspired me to make some!!
    Wend, Sydney Australia