Valentines Day Countdown

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We love counting down to events in our house.  I made this Hershey Kiss Countdown for my kids to grab a kiss for the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day about 7 years ago. Has it really been that long? Each year they love getting it out and refilling the kisses.  I mean why just enjoy chocolate on Valentine’s Day?  It is way better to celebrate longer don’t you think?  These are little inverted numbered Hershey kisses meant to countdown to Valentine’s Day.   Laura from Say it on the Wall is now carrying the vinyl for this project.



12” x 12” board (I used MDF)

3/4″ spade drill bit


spray primer

Krylon Cherry Red Spray Paint

Silhouette machine or Vinyl from Say it on the Wall


Scrapbook paper of your choice


Glue Dots

Hershey Kisses

Mod Podge (I used Gloss)

Foam Roller or brush for Mod Podge


1.  Cut your board 12” x 12” — Lowes will do it for you if you don’t want to.  I eyeballed where to start the holes for the kisses it looks like the top of the holes are about halfway down the board. Measure out every 1.5” and make a mark.  This is where you will drill your holes. Using a 3/4” drill bit— drill your holes but do not drill all the way through the board. The top of the bit will poke through the back but don’t drill the wide part of the bit more than 2/3 of the way. This will allow the Hershey kisses to set in there and stay.


2.  Lightly sand the board especially around the holes.  Spray prime and paint it.  I used Krylon’s Cherry Red Spray Paint.


3.  Using my Silhouette machine I cut out “KISSES” out of a piece of patterned paper (it was a Love Notes pattern) in the Pharmacy font found at


4.  Using gloss Mod Podge I adhered the letters to the board and then sealed the whole board with a coat of Mod Podge as well using a foam roller for a nice smooth finish.


5.  Then I printed and cut out the numbers 1 through 14 (with my Silhouette machine) and adhered them to the back of the Hershey Kisses with a Glue Dots.



6.  Then I cut out the vinyl using the Premium White vinyl from Silhouette and adhered it to the board (font: Freehand 521 BT).


7.  Set it on an easel, I got mine from the Dollar Tree, and you got yourself a fun countdown time!

valentine's day countdown

Here is another version of it in pink for Kayla.

valentine's day advent calendar

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  1. Very cute!!

  2. Sarah AKA The Thriftress says:

    My baby girl's 2nd birthday is on the 30th – How did she get so big so fast!?! Happy Birthday to your little one!

    Can you believe I got a Silhouette for Christmas and haven't used it yet? I think I'm afraid of it…

  3. seriously. adorable!

  4. Oh my goodness this is adorable! I book marked this so I can make one for next year! (because I know I will never get it done in time this year =])

  5. Happy Birthday to little Miss K!
    I love your boards…something that the kids will love to see come out of storage each February.
    I just ordered some of the premium vinyl. I tried to cut something out with the regular stuff that came with my machine…..and it was a disaster. It was a very intricate design with a zillion little cut out pieces. I'll pick something simple for my next project!

  6. Cute!

  7. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    So cute, Beckie, and I love that you made one for your daughter too. 🙂 Happy Birthday to her!!!

  8. Riding N Cars with BOYS! says:

    That is such a cute idea!…& Happy Birthday to your little girl. 🙂

    Your friend @


  9. The other day I was playing around with vinyl and my Silhouette. Everytime I cut out my font, it would cut right through the backing and begin ripping and tangling up. I am using the right blade. I don't understand. Anyone have any advice?

    ps love the project!!!

    • Jennifer Nichols says:

      I got a new Cricut for Christmas and just did my first project in vinyl: numbers and name for my mailbox. The instructions that came on the Cricut vinyl package suggests to adjust the blade depth to only cut the vinyl and not the backing. It said: “For best results set blade depth to 6 and pressure to 2. These settings will result in a “kiss cut” or a cut that only goes through the vinyl leaving the backing liner uncut”. I tried it that way (although I have the cheaper Cricut and my setting only went to 5 blade depth) it still came off the backing perfectly. I actually thought the vinyl letters were easier to separate than a paper cut. I hope this helps.

  10. Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    Oooooh – this is downright fun, and delectable, too!

  11. Heather, TJ, Brock, and Jillian says:

    LOVE it! I'm sharing it on my facebook fan page, Pirates-n-Princesses! You should come check it out!

  12. Mod Podge Amy says:

    B, I love this so!!

  13. This is so cute!! I love it!

  14. Beachbrights says:

    Ok…I just bought the Silhouette with your code. Now when I get this contraption, you have to help me use it 🙂


  15. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    Um, that is one of the cutest ideas I have seen. A place to tuck the hershey kisses! Very cute!

  16. Amy {The Idea Room} says:

    I brought my thesarus this time…This is STUPENDOUS! Girl you are on fire! So cute to hide the kisses in there like that!

  17. Alison@howdoesshe says:

    This is fun! I love it!

  18. Such a sweet (ha ha!) little project! Happy birthday to your little one. My son was celebrating today, too.

  19. CUTE!

  20. Kelsey-N-Tim says:

    SUPER cute! man, I wish I would have gotten a Silhouette! I guess I can't complain since my Cricut was a gift!

    Found you through The Idea Room!

  21. Cul-de-Sac Mom says:

    Great project! I sent you an email to get the silhouette files. Thanks you!!!

  22. kami @ says:

    so cute Beckie!

    See you in a week! so fun!

  23. Simply adorable, I want one!

  24. 😉 simply. cool.



  25. Can you do a post on how to get the fonts from to your silhouette? I can't figure it out and it's driving me nuts! And if you have already done one, just point me in a direction.

  26. OMG! This is the cutest thing EVER!~ I think my husband would appreciate this–he's big into the advent calendars! I'd love if you'd link this up to!

  27. Angie@Echoes of Laughter says:

    What a gorgeous project! I love it! I really need to learn how to use a drill!

  28. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    What a cute take on a countdown calendar! I love it! And happy {belated} birthday to your 2 year old. So far age 2 is my favorite!

  29. Michelle H says:

    This is SO CRAZY CUTE!!!! I can't get over it, want to make one for each kid, hhmmm. Sadly, I'm in the same boat as Kelsey-N-Tim – my parents got me a Cricut. My mom had gotten one and loved it (she doesn't have a computer, so couldn't use a Silhouette) I'm hopeful, though, my husband doesn't think Silhouette's cost too much for how amazing they are. My birthday and taxes are coming up- fingers crossed, lol! (it's a spade bit, LOVE my husband drill- I think I use it more than HE does, heehee)

  30. Super, Super cute Becky! I love it! You are so creative!

  31. I love these. The drilling might scare me a bit, but maybe the hubs can help. Thanks for the wonderful tute.

  32. I agree…it is time for me to start saving my pennies for one of these Sillouette machines. I feel like I'm missing out on so many cute projects! I'm going to stalk your blog now and see all the cute things you've made!

  33. House Revivals says:

    This is the most darling Valentine craft I've seen yet! And I *need* a Silhouette…

  34. Smith Family says:

    I LOVE THIS! I really NEED a silhouette machine so that I can do some of these super cute projects now.
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  35. Jen Isackson says:

    I made this countdown chart today!!!! I have a vinyl business I do on the side so I had all of these items handy (including a board that was already cut/routered/painted in that exact size). I made some adjustments and encountered some trouble because of it but it was still fun and I love it. Can't wait to get some chocolates in it too! Check out my blog post here to see it

  36. The Busy Bug says:

    Beautiful. Love the idea! TFS Bug Hugs!

  37. Diana S. Young says:

    Did you use the click and print for your numbers? I have had my silhouette for a while, and I can do ANYTHING with vinyl….but I have yet to try the click and print and I don't even know where to start!

  38. Infarrantly Creative says:

    Diana – all you have to do is hook your printer up and print out the letters and then stick that paper on the carrier sheet and the cut it out. You have to remember to move the cut line from the font though. I hope that helps.

  39. vanessa @ silly eagle books says:

    Such a fun idea. I wonder if I have time to set something like this up before Feb 1? Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  40. fionabakesandcrafts says:

    Love how cute this is!

  41. Fancy Frills Style Studio says:

    This is so cute!! I love it!

  42. Very cute…how creative!

  43. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog says:

    This is sooo cute!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

  44. You truly inspire me, Beckie!! I featured your adorable project today:

    Thanks, my dear! And enjoy your time at Blissdom!!

  45. Wow this is awesome!! I would love the files for the project to use on my Silhouette.

  46. LOVED this so much I had to make one too, thanks for the cute idea.

  47. Loved this!! I was inspired and whipped up this:

    not quite as good as yours but I had no wood and no drill so improvised with a canvas!

    Thanks for sharing all your creative goodness!

  48. So the Silhouette is now on my wish list. How did I NOT know this existed previously? I didn't get one for this project, but I did make it anyhow and added a fun detail to the back. It's on my blog, check it out!

    Thanks for the fun idea.

  49. Been saving this Becky, so cute! I've featured you on Craft Gossip here

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!

  50. You were featured today over at Today's Top 20!


  51. Natalie Ramello says:

    Can anyone recommend a Silhouette Machine or Silhouette the actual brand you use, if not I would love to know which one to get. Thanks

  52. Beckie , I still have to say again you are the greatest for coming up with these creative ideas for us to use , I appreciate all your help with how to figure out how to do this. I have the board all done , I just cant put it up yet because I know I will eat all the kisses !


  53. Do you still have the files for the Silhouette? I love this! I got a Cameo for Christmas and have been scared to use it. This would be a perfect first project.

  54. I love this!! I do not have Silhouette cameo. There are not alot of Valentines Decorations and this is so perfect. Would you be willing to make one and seel it to me?

  55. so adorable! looks exceptionally romantic as well as fun for the the pink one since pink is my fav color! lol
    well done! thanks for sharing a great idea~~

  56. I have been searching for the love notes paper and haven’t found anything even close to as beautiful. Can you please tell me the maker or where we can find it thanks 🙂

  57. After starting this last January and having it sit unfinished in my spare room for the entire year, I finally finished! I love how it turned out and gave you a little shout out on my blog and facebook. Thanks for the tutorial.

  58. Jennifer Rollins says:

    I was having trouble getting the files for my silhouette too – is there any way that you could e-mail them to me also. I made the Bunny Kisses board and love it so I was wanting to do this Valentine one too:-). Thanks for the great projects!!!

  59. I just found this project on Pinterest….LOVE LOVE LOVE! And thank you for the step by step instructions. I clicked the link for the free Silhouette files and received an error. Can you email me a link? Thank you!

  60. such a cute cute idea! i would love to make this as well! would you please send me the files too. thanks!!!

  61. Sarah Yoder says:

    Can you send me the file also? Thanks, this is too cute!

  62. I LOVE this but I can’t get the files to download……:( you are so talented


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