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Words of Affirmation on Valentine's Day
Whether your love language is words of affirmation or not, I have found this tradition of making hearts to describe what you love about your family members to be a big success in our home. My husband insisted that I keep his hearts up for the remainder of the year since I had placed them around his desk. He felt they were a great reminder of my love and support, especially when he was having a bad day or was feeling particularly stressed. It's great that something so simple can mean so much. It is such an affordable project to do, and you probably have all the supplies at home right now.
The Five Love Languages
"The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1995 book by Gary Chapman. It outlines five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls "love languages": receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch.Examples are given from his counseling practice, as well as questions to help determine one's own love languages."
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How to Get Started
This craft is pretty self-explanatory, but I've written out some easy-to-follow directions below. You can vary the color paper you use or even the colored marker you write with, but I think it'll be evident to your family and/or spouse that they are loved.
A few tips and tricks:
- Write out all 14 hearts ahead of time so that each day you are ready and don't have to worry about forgetting to write one or think of something last minute to write down.
- If you plan to keep the hearts up for a longer period of time, consider using card stock instead of a thinner copy paper that may bend and fold over time.
- I have found that using scotch tape and making an inside-out loop of tape is sufficient to hold the hearts to the walls without doing any damage to the paint or wall surface.
- You can change this craft to support your family if you have multiple kids or a larger family. Have each kiddo write the hearts for one of their siblings. Or make them together and each day write a heart for only one person in the family.
Ingredients for Valentine's Craft
- 4-5 pages 8x10 colored paper, cut into hearts, 4 per page
- nice pen or marker
- Fold the paper and cut out four hearts per page of paper. (If using 8x10 sized paper) You can use a variety of colors or just one. I make the hearts for my two kids and husband and like to use three separate colors of paper to differentiate between them. I also liked to make the hearts fairly big to allow for more writing.
- Write one thing you love on each heart. I like to number the hearts so each day corresponds with a day in February leading up to Valentine's day.
- Each day, starting with February 1st, tape one of the hearts in a well-trafficked area in your home so it will be seen by everyone in your family. In our home, this means on the pantry door for the kids and around my husband's desk in his office.
- Enjoy seeing the delight on your kids and husband's faces each day!
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