how do i love thee? {a fun diy with free printable}

While perusing pinterest, I came across an idea for loving your kids in the month of february. Each day, you cut out a heart, write something you love about the child and tape it to their bedroom door. Each morning, they wake up and feel extra loved as they embark on their day. Cute idea, right?

I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I’ve gone and created my own hearts playing off the lovely poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.


There is a numbered heart for each day until valentine’s day.


I’ll show you how I made mine.

You’ll need:


:: printable hearts {download below}

:: assorted scrapbook paper {or plain white is fine too}

:: scissors

:: stamps or pens to write sentiments

:: glitter if you’d like to embellish

:: a long ribbon to hang

STEP ONE: print template on assorted paper and trim around dotted lines


I’ll be doing this for four kids, so I printed several different pages on different paper


STEP TWO: write {or stamp} something you love about your husband/child/friend/yourself



STEP THREE: hang ribbon from top of door {embellish if you wish}


STEP FOUR: each day, add a new heart {attach with double stick tape}


  finished-banner        only-you

I’m really excited to do this for the kids this year. I don’t always do a great job celebrating each one for their individual qualities and so not only will it be special for them to hear, but it will be really great for me to think about.

If you’d like to make a love banner of your own, feel free to download the template below.






53 Responses to how do i love thee? {a fun diy with free printable}

  1. Chon June 26, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    can you please tell me where I can get the alphabet stamps ??? I have searched all over the internet but can’t find it :( please help !!!!!

  2. Dina February 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Adorable! And where is the chevron scrapbook paper from? I love it and can never find good scrapbook paper prints….ideas?

  3. Erika February 4, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I started this for my boys 02.01 – they love it! Every morning the pop out of their rooms to read the new heart. I couldn’t get your DL to print, so I just cut out my own hearts. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

    • emily February 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Mine are loving it too!

  4. Seth February 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    This is a great idea, and I started putting it together today. My fiance will love this for sure <3

  5. Ashley U. February 2, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I’m tucking a set of these around my husband’s mirror in the bathroom each day. It’s been such a fun reminder of all the reasons why we love each other. Thanks for the prompting!

  6. Katie February 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    I started this today. My kids are so excited about it, I can tell it has already made them feel special. They can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s heart will say. Thanks for the lovely idea.

  7. Heather January 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Silly question but how did you attach the ribbon to the door? Double stick too?

  8. Erin January 31, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much!

  9. Radhika January 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    This is adorablely cute!! I am so starting on this the next minute :)
    where can i find the stamps you used?

    • emily January 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      The stamps are by hero arts. You can find similar styles at paper source.

  10. Kate January 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I love this! Off to cut out 3 copies…I think my kids will really be excited. :)

  11. Stacie January 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I love this! I send notes to my girls every day in their lunch boxes. In February, I’m going to send these instead. So excited for Friday!

  12. Liz January 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Love this idea….btw…I wish I had your handwriting!–gorgeous!

  13. Caroline January 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Can’t wait to print these and put them on each of my four children’s doors. I might a set for my husband as well. I’m going to use miniture clothespins to attach them to the ribbon.

    Thanks for the sweet idea to celebrate each of my little ones.

  14. Sally January 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    What a lovely idea! Thanks for the printables!

  15. Cathy Parra Haynes January 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I truly appreciate you sharing such wonderful and thoughtful ideas! Knowing that a mom of 4 can do this, I can surely do this special project for my 2 sweethearts! Maybe even for my husband! Thank you!

  16. kristen January 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Sad :( it isn’t pinterest who came up with that idea… It was another mommy Blogger. I bet she would love some love and a little credit for her awesome idea!

  17. cathy January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I will not be doing this for many reasons, but I want you to know that when I read your blog post I felt “extra loved as I embarked on my day”
    Amazing what a sweet idea can do to a person’s whole frame of mind.
    Thank you

  18. asia@ January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    i started this last year but i have envelopes attached to their chairs. we write notes to each kid, but we make them write some to each other too. They need to be reminded that their siblings need to hear why they love them too! Our Diy on the envelopes post tomorrow!

  19. Stefanie January 30, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!!! I’ll be doing for my son and my husband!

  20. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline January 30, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    great idea Emily! Thank you for the pretty printable!

  21. Tracey H. January 30, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This a fabulous idea for my kiddos!! I think even the 14 year old boy will love these, even though he won’t ever admit it:0)!! Thanks for a fabulous way to spend the month of Love!!

  22. Erica January 30, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    This is marvelous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Estela January 30, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    This is a beautiful idea! I think my kinds will love being told they are loved. Thanks for the printables and that is one of my favorite poems.

  24. Kristy January 30, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Lately I’ve been feeling very convicted about my lack of kind, affirming words toward my children, so your timing on this is perfect! I also ordered one of those “I Like” books this morning (the plan is to take time each day before bedtime and write something you like about your child, and they write something they like about you). Thanks for the free printable!

  25. Patty January 30, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    What a precious idea! I have an adult child still living at home, one 15 year old boy and one 10 year old boy and I think that even though they are grown or boys this will still warm their heart. I shall get to it over the weekend.
    Emily, I look forward to your daily blog posts as they brighten my day as they are delivered to my inbox. I have recently subscribed to your monthly printables and now that I am just starting to deal with depression due to a traumatic brain injury, I really enjoy them. Your blog posts bring a smile to my face and give me something to look forward to.

  26. Holly January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing…as I was reading, I was already thinking of character traits my kids have, and blessings they share with others…

  27. Felecia January 30, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    what a great post and great idea…thanks!

  28. Amber January 30, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I love this idea. I’m totally doing it!

  29. Evalina January 30, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Thank you so much for this! I had decided to do something special the first 14 days of feb for my husband and hadn’t come up with something for every day yet. This will be perfect

  30. Jenn January 30, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    I love this! Words have incredible power to do good or harm in people’s lives–I so want to be more intentional to speak good ones, especially toward my family. And what a fun way to use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity! Love the heart of this and the presentation.

  31. Kristi Blank January 30, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    I LOVE this! I saw the other idea on Pinterest but this…this is classy, beautiful, and so very thoughtful! Thank you!

  32. Bonnie Gutzman January 30, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    This might be a silly question – but what program do you use to make printables? Both this kind and the different ones you sell in your shop. Thanks!

  33. Stephanie January 30, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    What a lovely idea and such a beautiful keepsake for your children. I’m sure they will treasure it.

  34. Kelly - Talk of the House January 30, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    What a precious idea! I will have to get busy to make this.


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