Do you know what I adore about Valentine’s Day? All the mushy stuff!! I know it’s a commercial holiday – but it forces me take time out to show my family how much I love them.
When I created the Valentine’s Advent Wheel, I did it with two goals in mind: be creative in the way I tell my family that I love them, but also show them with fun activities.
- Wooden circle (no smaller than 5 inches in diameter)
- Clothes pins (14)
- Scrapbooking paper (at least 3 sheets)
- Scrapbooking ribbon (at least 1 spool)
- Number stickers (or a marker to write them in)
- Paper punch* (2″ or smaller)
- Hot glue (& gun)
- Elmer’s Glue
- Trace the wooden circle on a piece of scrapbooking paper. Cut out the paper circle. Using Elmer’s glue, attach the paper to the wood.
- Plug in the glue gun.
- Using the paper punch, cut out 14 circles. Label these 1-14 with your number stickers.
- Arrange 14 clothes pins on the paper-covered circle with the handle side in (you’ll put your notes in the clasp on the outer edge). When you are happy with the look, hot glue them in place.
- Cut pieces of scrapbooking ribbon (mine were a little over an inch long) and hot glue one piece to each clothes pin.
- Hot glue the numbered paper circles to the tops of the clothes pins. You shouldn’t be able to see the pin any longer.
- Cut a long piece of ribbon to create the hook. Hot glue it to the back of the wooden circle.
- Using the paper punch, create 14 more circles. Write what you love about your spouse (or kids – whoever this is for!) on the backs of at least 10 circles. (Note: I made 10 ‘what I love’ notes and 4 special activities)
- Hang the Valentine’s Advent Wheel and show your family your love!
I made this Valentine’s Advent Wheel for my husband. He says it’s definitely a craft made by a girl but I think he will enjoy the 10 little ‘What I Love About You’ notes and the 4 (at-home) ‘Special Activities’ as he gets to look at them!
I am going to make another wheel for my boys – but I think I’ll do two circle punches with the notes per day (in different colors) so that they each get a special note every day.
Would you make the Advent Wheel? If so, who would it be for?