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Love Buckets for Valentine’s Day

We have been having so much fun this week, sharing our Valentine’s Day ideas! A yummy dessert, a Valentine Mantel, cute Valentine envelopes and today Amy shared a Valentine mug with a cute chalkboard heart on it.

For many years, I have been putting together Love Buckets for our boys. It’s one of those family traditions that you can never be too old for. I’ve shared our Love Buckets the last couple years, in fact exactly one year ago today I shared the small plastic Love Buckets that I put together.

But this year, I decided to get a little more crafty with these metal buckets.

I just love all the chalkboard inspiration, so I decided to use the directions for making chalkboard labels and give it a shot. Here are the supplies you will need…

Love Bucket Supplies:

  • Bucket – any kind will do, we found this one at Big R Tractor Supply, it was under $4
  • Chalkboard Paint – found in most paint departments, I used a 40% coupon and bought this at Hobby Lobby
  • Labels – you can use any size or shape, I wanted an oval shape on the bucket, so we found Avery Shipping Labels that came in a full sheet, at Walmart

How to Make Chalkboard Labels:

  1. Place label on cardboard, and spray with chalkboard paint – be sure you take it outside, just like with any spray paint
  2. You will need 3-4 coats, letting it dry in between each coat
  3. Then let the sheet dry overnight

  1. Draw your shape on the back of the labels – we used a cookie cutter to make a paper template. Cut it out.
  2. Attach label to bucket
  3. Add words or symbols with chalk – I used the same trick I used on the Winter Mantel Chalkboard
  4. Add a heart for the gift tag – I had some extra hearts left from the Valentine’s Day Garland, so I glued together 3 sizes and tied it on with twine

Now it’s time to fill the Love Bucket

You can of course use anything you like to fill the bucket. I typically buy things for the boys that they “love”, like their favorite candy, books, magazines, toys etc. etc. This Love Bucket is filled with gifts for a girlfriend; some fun Valentine stickers, a magazine, Valentine socks, candy and a pretty necklace. I bought everything at Walmart and spent about $13, but you could certainly spend less.

The other great thing about the buckets is that you can use this idea to create endless organizing and craft projects. I’m seeing a fun project in the future for our office.

Tomorrow it’s YOUR turn to share! Link up your Valentine recipes, crafts, decorating, pretty much any love filled idea you have to the Valentine Party and it will show up on ALL four blogs at the same time! Pretty cool huh?

AND you won’t want to miss the FREE Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! You are going to FLIP out over it!! I also created a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week, and will be pinning your awesome ideas! So follow along and gather some ideas!

Linking to…Show & Tell FridayMade By You Monday, Tips & Tutorial Tuesday, Works For Me WednesdaySaturday SevenSundae ScoopSaturday Night Special


  1. Brenda Marshall says:

    this is great how it’s looks great job.8-) 😎 😎

  2. What a fun idea! I’ve done this in years past for my husband but I never thought about making one for my kids. Maybe I’ll try that this year. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I love your love buckets. They are fantastic; I now I would like to receive a valentine like that. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. This is a wonderful idea! Thank you. ~kelly

  5. Love your bucket with the chalkboard label — I really must do something with my chalkboard paint soon!

  6. The buckets o’ love are adorable. And, it there anything better than chalkboard paint? The buckets can be reused and reused. Who knows, they might end up on a college dorm desk – holding pencils and protractors. 🙂

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