Homemade Valentine: Box ‘O Love

True story: yesterday I was listening to mushy love stories on the radio, and it made me think of when my husband, Dennis, and I met. So I texted him.

First, a little back story. We sort of met over email, and it was a couple months before we met in person. When we did, it was very brief. Dennis pretty much said, “Hello, I’m Dennis,” then turned on his heels and walked away. Later, I found out he didn’t expect me to be so fetching, and was sceered right off!

So back to yesterday’s text. Amy: “Member how u thought i was so pretty, u ran away? Then u married me?” Dennis, without missing a beat: “Yep. Everytime I see you.”

Mm hm. I snagged a good one. I think my heart is still on the floor in the spray paint aisle at Walmart.

I’ve been dying to tell someone that story, so thanks for indulging me.:) Now on to the DIY!

I heard this idea on the radio a few years back (there seems to be a theme here), and made this “365 Reasons I Love You” box as a gift. Word of warning: No matter how much you love someone, it takes a loooong time to think of 365 reasons. (I brainstormed on little pieces of notebook paper for about a month.) Plus, 365 squares of card stock stack up about 8 inches high. So I would actually recommend doing a weekly set, with 52 reasons.

I got the wooden box for $3 at a craft store and liked it just the way it was, so just tied a label card to the knob for decoration. I hand-wrote the messages with an acid-free pen, and decorated the cards with craft paper.

You could also punch a hole in the corners and bind the cards with a loose binder ring. Or just toss them all in a fun box (cigar boxes are the coolest) and let your pookie pull one out at random every week. Or, for the truly committed, make a game of it and hide one around the house once a week! Oh man. That’s a good one. Is it tacky to tell your husband what you want for Valentine’s Day?

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  1. Amy…you really got yourself a good one there! Enjoy him!
    It is nice to hear that romantic things happen to “real” people and not only in the movies …thanks for sharing your story.
    Love your idea of the box but i think I will start with 7 days first ! LOL

    • Amy says:

      Haha… I think 7 days is a fine idea! Plus, you don’t want to get disgruntled making it. I’m pretty sure that cancels out some of the love. And thanks for liking my sappy story.:)

  2. Alissa says:

    You make me go, “Awww….” 🙂

    • Amy says:

      I’m a lucky duck. I think Dennis feels like he didn’t make out so bad in the deal, either. 🙂

  3. Doug Naugle says:

    Hey Amy, love the story how you two met and the text coversations! Thanks for the idea on 365 reasons. Hope all is well!

  4. Eileen says:

    This is SUCH a cute idea that I was excited about doing it … until I realized I don’t have a Valentine 😉 But that’s how cute of an idea it is!

  5. keisha says:

    I just had to comment on this idea…soo cute. I wish I had come across this before valentines day this year I would have for sure used it..although 365 is alot (lol) i am sure I can think of many. That is such a sweet story of how you two met. It put a smile on my face 🙂

    • Amy says:

      Aw, just missed it! For what it’s worth, I actually gave this to Dennis as a Christmas present, and it’d make a great birthday present, too. Or if those are too far away, St. Patty’s day? 🙂 Thanks, Keisha!