Start a Valentine’s Day tradition with your kids! Share something you love about them on their door with this free printable and Cricut Project file.
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The most important thing we can do as parents is to love our children deeply and make our love known to them. In honor of this love, we have decided to start a new tradition in our home for Valentine’s Day!
For the 14 days of February leading up to Valentine’s Day, write something you love about your child on a paper heart and place it on their bedroom door.
These decorative hearts serve as such sweet, visual reminders for children each day on the love that is shared in the home. These sentiments are one of the first things they see in the morning and one of the last things they see before bed. Your children will be reminded of your love day in and day out.
A friend of mine inspired me with these Valentine’s hearts after sharing that she had decided to start this fun tradition with her family as well. This is such an easy project, but makes a big impact on your children. Your children will look forward to you adding a new special something you love about them each day.
Make this Valentine’s Day truly special for you and your family with this sweet tradition!
Variations for this Project:
- Laminate the hearts and write on them with dry erase markers to be able to use year after year.
- Save your favorite from each year and place in a keepsake box or scrapbook.
Two Ways to Make the Hearts:
There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and use it quite often!
If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here! Simple trace, cut, and paste the decorative hearts.
If using a Cricut Machine, continue below for the tutorial!
Both the printable bear template and svg file for Cricut can be found in my free subscriber library, fill out the form below to get the password!
- Heart Template (see supplies note above)
- Paper (construction, cardstock, or scrapbook)
- Glue stick
- Scraper Tool
- Cricut Mat
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut Design Space
STEP 1 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE
Begin by opening the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.
Open the Valentine’s Hearts project file and choose which heart design to start with first.
There are three images present:
- Valentine’s Heart (a large simple line heart)
- Scalloped Heart – Front (a small simple line heart for pasting on top of the scalloped heart)
- Scalloped Heart – Back (a large scalloped heart for pasting behind the small simple line heart)
The layers are located in the right margin of the canvas. You can hide the layers you are not currently using to cut by clicking on the eye button next to the corresponding layer. I cut one heart design at a time and hid the other two.
Duplicate the design to the desired amount that will fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.
STEP 2 – CUT THE DESIGN FOR THE VALENTINE’S HEARTS
Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.
Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.
Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.
Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.
Once the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.
Repeat the process above with the other layers until you have all of your necessary pieces.
STEP 3 – GATHER AND PASTE THE HEART PIECES
Mix and match the pieces to find combinations that you love! Simply grab a glue stick and paste the coordinating pieces together.
STEP 4 – WRITE YOUR LOVE NOTES!
Grab a pen and write love notes to your children! Hang the hearts on their doors with tape and enjoy your new Valentine’s tradition!
P.S. These aren’t just for kiddos! Show your spouse some love and surprise them with a love note each day too!
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We would love to see you start this tradition in your home! Tag us on social media and share your sweet sentiments towards your loved ones!