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I know it’s still January, but I wanted to share this early in case you’re already making St. Valentine’s Day plans. We’re going to be counting down the days to Saint Valentine’s day this year with a heart-shaped paper chain. Each piece of paper has a bible verse about love on it. So each day, you tear off one heart, read a bible verse, and you’re a little closer to St. Valentine’s day! The best part is, the countdown chain is printable and you can all download it for free!
This project was inspired by my friend Maureen’s Advent Chain. (I’ve actually been inspired by Maureen a lot lately. First the nativity sensory bin, then the scratch n’ sniff paint, and most recently the trinity snowmen!)
The free download for this is all in black and white, so it won’t eat your expensive ink- just print it on colored paper. You print the first bible verse page on red, and the second on pink. That way you can make a pattern when building the chain. Just print, and cut on the dotted lines. I love all the cute Valentine’s day fonts I used on these- so much fun!
Making the paper loops into hearts is super easy to do! Just fold the strips in half, curl the ends in, and staple together.
Keep alternating from red to pink until you have all 14 love bible verses attached- one for each day of February until St. Valentine’s day!
The download also includes a heart “topper” for your paper chain. I printed mine on some cute scrapbooking paper, cut it out with adorable scissors, and framed it with some red paper.
I love the cuteness factor that is added by cutting these hearts out with scrapbooking scissors!
There’s a little heart at the bottom of this page. Poke a small hole through your paper with a pin in this heart, and thread a pipe cleaner through it. You can use the pipe cleaner to attach your chain to the heart at the top.
I just absolutely love the look of the heart paper chain!
That’s it! Hang it up in your house. Remove one link for each day in February, and read the verse.
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