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

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When it comes to matters of the heart, it’s not what you spend, but how you show it.

This Valentine’s Day craft encourages heartfelt declarations, but it only set me back $5 at Dollar Tree.

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Here’s what I bought:

  • 2 sets of wedding favor buckets
  • 1 roll of embellished kraft wrapping paper
  • 1 roll of sheer pink ribbon
  • 1 package of plastic clothesline

I had plans of bringing macrame back with this craft, but that didn’t work out so well. So, I just braided three strands of the clothesline together to make my garland.

I broke out my craft supplies and painted Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous words on four of the little tin wedding favor buckets (which I also used to make our 3D family bucket list).

Then, I tied the buckets to the braided garland, using the ribbon that came with the wedding favor kit.

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We cut out squares of kraft paper and wrote sweet nothings on them, rolled them up and tied them with a bow.

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Now, each bucket holds something sweet. I cut extra squares of paper and ribbon so we can add to the buckets whenever we’re feeling mushy.

By Valentine’s Day, each of our buckets should be overflowing with love.

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Want more cheap craft inspiration? Check out my $5 crafts, including this Dollar Store Cupcake Liner Wreath I made for Valentine’s Day.

Then, head on over to Debbiedoos and Fox Hollow Cottage for more Dollar Store Valentine’s Day craft inspiration. They’re hosing a Dollar Tree Valentine’s Decor Party.

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  1. Amy – you’re the bees knees and my heart goes out to your fabulous banner!

  2. So cute! You are such a creative lady. I walk into the Dollar Tree and walk around and around just trying to think of crafts to make and always come away with nada.
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  3. Amy…that garland of buckets of love is the greatest!….now I love the first pic…did you take it with your macro lens?
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  4. Oh how cute. I love these little love buckets. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I think I have a few of those buckets lying around. This is a great idea!
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