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DIY Valentine’s Day Countdown

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Create a sweet Valentine’s Day Countdown using decorative scrapbook paper! Finish the sentence “I love you because…” under all 14 flaps, one for each day of February leading up to Valentine’s Day.

"I love You Because" countdown is taped to a white wall with paper flowers on the table.

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Today I have a sweet Valentine’s Day paper craft to share with you, a DIY Valentine’s Day Countdown! February 1st is just a couple days away but this countdown comes together quickly. Using decorative paper, create a cute heart with 14 flaps – one for each day of February leading up to Valentine’s Day. Title the countdown “I love you because…” and finish that sentence under each flap. This makes a great handmade Valentine’s Day card and gift.

I created my countdown using paper from the Doodlebug Designs collection, “Love Note”. The yellows and greens in each pattern are such a nice compliment to the traditional red and pink colors of Valentine’s Day. You can use coordinating scrapbook paper as I did, or use fun, colorful construction paper OR use up some of your paper scraps! Each flap is just 1.5″ by 3″ so this is a great project for scraps. Number the flaps 1 through 14 using markers, cut-out numbers or number stickers. This craft can be as fancy or as basic as you’d like – it’s what’s under the flaps that make this gift truly special :)

Below you’ll find the tutorial for creating this cute countdown.

Close up picture of the Valentine's Day Countdown. It is shaped like a heart with 14 flaps to lift up.

Supplies Needed:

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  • Decorative scrapbook paper or construction paper
    • One 12″ x 12″ sheet plus lots of scraps for the flaps
  • Glue
  • Numbers – stickers, numbers cut out from paper or a marker to handwrite the numbers
  • Letters –  stickers, letters cut out from paper or a marker to write the title of the countdown

Step One: Cut paper to create flaps for the heart countdown. You will need 14 flaps, one for each day of February leading up to Valentine’s Day.  Cut these flaps 1.5″ x 3″.

Small pieces of paper lay on a wooden table. They will be the flaps for the Valentine's Day Countdown.

Step Two: Fold the flaps in half so they measure 1.5″ x 1.5″.

The pieces of paper sit folded in half on a wooden table.The pieces of paper sit folded in half on a table.

Step Three: Arrange the flaps on the 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper following the heart diagram below.

Pattern for Valentine's Day Countdown with dimensions.

The flaps of paper are being adhered onto the background piece of paper in the shape of a heart.

Cut out triangles to fill in the rest of the heart design. To make the triangles, cut squares that are 1.5″ x 1.5″ and then cut those in half diagonally.

Valentine's Day Countdown is made from flaps of paper and triangles to form a heart.

Step Four: Add numbers 1 through 14 to the front of all fourteen flaps. I cut my numbers out on my Cricut Explore, but you could also use numbers stickers or write them on with marker. I used the image “Advent Numbers #M102C13E6” from Cricut Design Space.

Add numbers to each flap of of the Valentine's Day countdown.Numbers are added to each flap of the Valentine's Day Countdown.

Under each flap you can add a small 1.25″ x 1.25″ piece of paper. This will make writing each day’s special message easier! I used adhesive cardstock which was really fun to use! I cut my small squares out in pink and red and then peeled off the back of each piece and stuck them under the flaps.

Valentine's Day Countdown.

Step Five: Add a header to the top of the Valentine countdown using stickers, cut-out letters, or writing it with a marker. I used my Cricut to cut “i love you because…” from pink patterned cardstock. I used the font Cricut Sans and a basic heart shape.


"I love You Because" countdown is taped to a white wall with paper flowers on the table.

Finish the title sentence “I love you because…” under each flap and gift to someone special on the first day of February :)

I’ll be back later this week with another cute Valentine’s Day DIY. You can also check out my Valentine’s Day project gallery for more fun ideas!

I purchased the Love Notes by Doodlebug Design paper, washi tape and doodle-pops for this project at my local scrapbooking store, I was able to get it for a better price than what is listed on Amazon. I’m still linking to it through Amazon below so you can see the collection and because if you aren’t able to purchase it locally Amazon is a great resource!

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