Valentine’s Day Countdown with the Big Happy Jig

Hey there!  Looking for a quality treat to share with your kids this Valentine’s Day?  It’s Rebecca with you today and this fun project has a little something for everyone.  I was looking for a way to do something special with my 8- and 5-year-olds, that wasn’t store-bought, but was disguised as a new surprise every day from February 1st through February 14th.  I came up with the idea for a Valentine countdown, and while we’re only a couple of days in at the time of this writing, it’s been a big hit already!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

I began by using my Mini Envelope Punch Board to create 14 small envelopes.  They are sized to fit 2 1/2″ x 3″ cards, and I made them with an assortment of patterned papers from Crate Paper.  Each envelope only uses a 4 1/2″ square of paper and the mini punch board is so easy to use, creating them only took about 10 or 15 minutes.

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

After making and assembling those, I trimmed white card stock to make flat cards to put inside them.  I already know the kids will get enough candy in school, and they really don’t need any more toys so soon after Christmas.  Instead, on each card, I wrote out an activity we can do as a family that day.  We can play a game, go to the park, go on a hike or a bike ride, make cookies; just as long as we’re doing it together.  My kids are young enough that they still love it when we can play with them and are very disappointed if we can’t due to work, house cleaning, or meal-making.  So far, they’ve been enjoying opening these treats!

We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch Board

They take turns opening their cards; my daughter has odd numbered days and my son gets the evens.  Most of the things we do benefit both of them, although I did sneak in a couple things that are unique to the recipient (I don’t think my son will want to do his nails on the 9th, but I might be wrong.)

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Once I had all the cards tucked snugly inside their envelopes, I dressed them up a bit.  I wanted to keep them simple but still fun and enticing, so a band of ruffled crepe paper tied on with twine was an easy way to secure the envelope closed; the band just slides off for easy opening.  An adorable mix of Valentine stickers from Pebbles are so perfect for young boys or girls and add the perfect finishing touch!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I had an idea to display them on wired hearts, thanks to the new Big Happy Jig.  While there is a double heart pattern found in the accompanying booklet, it wasn’t quite large enough to hold all 14 valentines so I had to come up with my own.  I loosely used the heart pattern that goes with the original Happy Jig as a guide and figured out how to make it a lot bigger!

We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

*If you want to follow my pattern, you’ll need 35″ of wire.  You can use the above photo as guidance.

– Large pegs are placed as follows: C11, C27, I6, I32

– Medium pegs: B8, B30, D5, D33, G4, G34

– Small pegs: F19, T19

– Starting medium peg: O11

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory KeepersBig Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Luckily a heart isn’t too difficult to figure out so I created 2 of them using some of the thick red wire.  I hung the hearts on a closet door with fishing line (Gus’s is on top because he’s taller) and attached each envelope to the corresponding heart with a mini clothespin.  It’s a fun family activity, and cute Valentine’s Day decor all in one!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Tip:  You can change up this project by excluding the wired hearts and hanging the envelopes on twine as a garland or display them in a basket.  These would also make cute school valentines.  If you love the idea of the wired heart, be sure to save it for next year and repeat the Valentine countdown!

Big Happy Jig Valentine's Day Countdown by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about candy and gifts (though I’m secretly hoping for a box of chocolates ;).  You can sneak a little memory-making into it, too, and I bet your family will love that just as much!

 

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch

Big Happy Jig

 

Happy Jig Project Roundup

Happy Friday crafty friends! We made it to the weekend…phew. Today we’ve got a roundup of some cute and clever craft project ideas created with Happy Jig. We hope these ideas inspire you to get out your jig and create this weekend. Enjoy!

Wire Cake Topper

One of our favorite Happy Jig projects to make is a cake topper! You can make a cake topper to say anything you want–the possibilities are endless. If you’d like to learn how to make the wedding cake topper below, CLICK HERE.

Wire Wedding Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig wire design tool

Wire Place Card Holder and Table Tent

Wire decor kind of lends itself to a wedding theme, so we’ve got another bit of wedding inspiration for you created with the Happy Jig. We love this pretty place card holder and table tent! You can find the full tutorial HERE.

Wedding Table Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Accordion Fold Mini Album

Custom wire embellishments add a sweet special touch to this fold out baby album. We think this is such a precious handmade gift idea! CLICK HERE for more photos and details.

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Baby Mini Book with the Happy Jig by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Mermaid Party Favors

Send the guests home from your next party or event with favors decked in Happy Jig designs! We love this mermaid party favor idea! For the full tutorial CLICK HERE.

DIY Mermaid Party Decor by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Travel Scrapbook Page

Make the title and story of your scrapbook page stand out with the Happy Jig! This travel layout is as unforgettable as the memories documented on it. Visit the blog HERE for more photos and details.

Travel Layout with the Happy Jig by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

We hope these projects have inspired you to get creative with the Happy Jig. Be sure to share your creations on our Facebook page HERE. We’d love to see what you’re making!

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Happy Jig Wire