Saint Valentine’s Day Countdown Craft

So a few years back, I designed a scripture countdown chain with one love bible verse for each of the 14 days in February counting down to the feast of St. Valentine, and now, it’s even better! 🙂

This craft is printable, and easy to assemble. Each day in February you just tear off one link and read the scripture about love with your children. That’s it! A fun and easy way to incorporate the scripture into your day, AND, countdown to February’s favorite Saint. 🙂

Here’s the cute new topper I drew for this download! It can be printed in color (which I watercolored myself) or in black and white.

The black and white version of this topper can also be used as a Saint Valentine coloring page for Catholic kids!

This download is available for just $2! As always, thank you so much for the support of Catholic Icing! Love you guys! {{muah!}} The download is available to be printed in full color, or in black and white. So download yours now!

Supplies Needed For Your Valentine Countdown Chain:

  • Countdown chain download
  • Scissors
  • Single hole puncher
  • 1 Pipe cleaner
  • Stapler

Here’s a nifty video explaining the craft, so feel free to watch the video or read on, my friends! 🙂 

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The first thing you do is print the download- it’s 3 pages- one for the topper and 2 pages of scripture.

I have had many requests over the years for this countdown chain to have just a plain font so the scriptures are more readable, and I heard you guys! So here you go- a font your kids can read! 😉

Cut out the heart, and cut the scriptures on the dotted lines, leaving the extra white at the ends of each strip- that is extra room for stapling.

Rather than making a regular paper chain, it’s super easy to staple the loops into hearts instead. You just fold the strip in half, curve the top 2 pieces together, and staple into a heart shape as shown below.

Then staple the whole chain together- there will be 14 total and it doesn’t matter what order you put them in. Here is an example of the black and white version printed on red and pink paper…

Here is the color version printed onto white paper…

Once you have your chain, you are ready to attach it to the topper! Just punch a hole at the bottom of the heart and attach the heart chain with half of a pipe cleaner. Voila- you’re finished!

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for your support of Catholic Icing!


  1. Thank you Lacy! My children will love this.

  2. Hi, Lacy,

    I was wondering what translation these verses are from. NAB? I think it would be neat for my Religious Ed. to make these, and I’d like for them to look up the verses as we go.


  3. HI!! I would love to use this with my Kindergarten class. I’m trying to open it but I’m having difficulty getting it to open. Any suggestions?? Thanks so much!!!

    • So’s working now!!! Must have been my computer!! Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas!!!!!!


  4. I just have to thank you so very much for this craft & all of your other super amazing ideas you share with us! In the midst of my chaotic life with little ones I would not be doing such fun, Catholic crafts with them if it were not for what you put out there, so creative, meaningful, & ready to make. THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS YOU & YOURS!

  5. Also I have to add that I appreciate so much that they are free as we currently are on a super limited budget! We don’t have colored paper to print this Valentine craft on, but I had some glitter glue on hand, so I printed everything out on white paper, and the kids are having the greatest time making it nice & sparkly after drawing decorations with red & white crayons.

  6. We used your count down craft last year and loved it. It was so easy to put together. Thank you !

  7. Oooh! I love this idea so much! We do a similar thing Advent through Epiphany, and our girls definitely get “link withdrawl” once February rolls around. And it’s a perfect way to point them to the real meaning of St. Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

  8. Jennifer Armstrong says

    Just want to say, THANK YOU! I’m so glad I found you on Pinterest. God bless!

  9. Thank you! My 5 year old and I just finished this project and it turned out great! He also decided to draw a picture of something he loved on the outside of each heart “to give it more decoration”. I was really proud when he included God and “all the Saints” on his list.

    Thank you so much for your hard work on your website; it is one of our favorites and we mention it to people all of the time. And my kiddos have been walking around and singing the St. Patrick song since last March when we found your site. 🙂

  10. The decoder link sends me to play-doh cookies. What did I do wrong?

  11. I love the John 3:16 Valentine’s Day Craft. That is a wonderful craft that I will use with my 4th Grade Faith Formation Class.
    Thanks so much!

  12. I am so blessed to have found this page with such an abundance of crafts for children. Teaching grade ones for the very first time and loving it! Will be dropping by frequently.

  13. Hey! We love your crafts!!! We have done the ABC saints twice now. We research each saint and write 3 info about them on the sides in preparation for Confirmation. We also got the saint ornaments this year and I’m a little embarrassed to say I didn’t know who they all were. Is there anyway you can label them? Like you did the ABC saints would be awesome!

  14. Thank you Lacy. I purchased the Saint Valentine’s Day Countdown Craft. Cant wait to get it done with my 5yr old. I love the activities you share. God bless.

  15. Hi! I love this craft. I purchased it but I was wondering if at all possible, can you add to the download your original heart with the poem? The one with the hearts going across the top. If not, not biggie!