Valentine’s Dates with Echo Park

Hi Everyone
I have a few Valentine’s Day ideas coming up in the next week and this one is heaps of fun to make.
Each little paper container inside the jar contains a date idea. Each month we will pick one out and we have four weeks to make sure we set aside an evening to do whatever is on the card.

If you have read my blog before – you will know that these “Sour Cream” containers are one of my favorite projects to make.  

You can see a detailed tutorial on how to make the containers here and the measurements I used for these particular mini containers were 2″x4″ or 5x10cm. I used the Yours Truly Collection from Echo Park. You can use either the 6×6 Paper Pad or the 12 x 12 papers

  1. Print and cut out 12 ideas for dates for you and your partner
  2. Roll the date up and insert into the container (see here for the detailed tutorial)
  3. Seal up the other end 
  4. Make 11 more!

The plastic jar I have used was one I picked up at a dollar store and I used some of the stickers from the Elements Sticker Sheet to decorate. A few small rhinestones, a paper circle in the lid cut with my Cuttlebugand Spellbindersand it’s all done!

I have some more Valentine’s ideas coming later in the week – and please post a comment with any questions.


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  • Reply lutingobelin February 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I love this idea ! I think I am going to try it ! Thank you so much for sharing !

  • Reply Kimberly February 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    What a great idea and it came out sooo cute! I Love red and black together.

  • Reply Kim February 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    This is adorable! I love it.

  • Reply Crafty Mischief February 6, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    What a fun idea! I'm pinning this to my lovey dovey board! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Virginie February 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing !

  • Reply Diana February 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Lucky husband of yours to have such a romantic year long plan of dates sorted!

  • Reply Katie February 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    What a wonderful idea!!!

  • Reply The Semi-Domesticated Mama February 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    That's a great idea! I'm adding this to my project list. Vising from craft-0-maniac!

  • Reply curlyqmosaics February 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    This is absolutely darling! Love the papers you used and the fun sour cream packets. This is such a great idea, I would love to do something like this for my kids too. Sort of like a reward system when they do their chores. Thanks so much for sharing Lori!

  • Reply Jill ~ Jillify It February 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I LOVE this! Too cute! 🙂

  • Reply Kristen February 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Super cute and adorable idea!! Would love for you to shaer @ handmade tuesdays http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

  • Reply Lynne February 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    OMG.. this is so cute! I LOVE your whole blog… in fact, it is going into my Blog FAVS in pinterest! X0X0

  • Reply Thienly Azim February 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    I love this project! It's soo cute! and congrats on your one million page views and 1500 followers today! So so cool!

  • Reply Jennifer Dawn February 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    What a cute project!

  • Reply Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com February 7, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    This is awesome. Thanks for the super cute idea. Saw you on Tip Junkie!

  • Reply dee February 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    So creative! What a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day all year long. I had to pin it CraftBliss Sweet Valentine Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you. ~Dee

  • Reply simpleAsDust February 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    This is brilliant and I love it! Your blog is the best…thank you for sharing such creative tutorials 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl February 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    I saw this on the Paper Issues blog and had to drop by! This is such a cute idea.

  • Reply chaun February 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    How cute is that!? Thanks for sharing, and for sharing the tutorial too!

  • Reply Pam Fields February 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I love this idea. Saw this on Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts.

  • Reply Debra February 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Love this idea! Date time is so important. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sofia Morgado February 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Love it, love it, love it! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Tally February 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Love this idea, do you have a suggestion for the maximum width of the date idea? I'm not sure how wide to make them and have them still fit in the container once rolled up…without distorting the container's shape.

    • Reply Lowri February 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Hi – I guess it depends on what kind of paper you print them on as to how tightly you can roll them up!
      Mine were 11.5 x x3cm but I printed them onto card and they were quite bulky! I rolled them tightly around a peencil and then fit infine.
      If you used plain copy paper to print on it would be a lot easier!
      Hope that helps 🙂

  • Reply Hani@Craftionary February 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Wow.. what a fun project!

  • Reply Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com February 10, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

  • Reply cheapcraftymama February 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    What a creative idea! I would love for you to share it at my Valentines Party @ http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  • Reply TLN February 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Great project! I shared your link with my readers at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/six-for-saturday-or-sunday_11.html 🙂 ~Laura

  • Reply mabrown February 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I love the simplicity of each little card, but i'm having trouble thinking of date ideas. Would you mind sharing what you wrote on each card/date? I'd really appreciate it! 🙂

    • Reply Lowri February 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Hi – sorry but most of these reasons were pretty personal so no I am not going to share!
      I just tried to think of fun things we could do (mainly at home as we don't have easy access to babysitters!) that we take us out of our normal routine. Maybe cooking meal together and a nice bottle of wine, takeout and a movie on DVD, a no-TV night – things like that.
      You could try googling date ideas too!

      Hope that helps

    • Reply mabrown February 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      Hey girl!

      I totally understand! I figured that they might be personal, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Actually I'm really glad you don't have all of your ideas showing because it made me actually think about what my guy likes, I just needed to stop being lazy 🙂 And thanks for some of the suggestions you replied with.

      Some of mine ended up including "date: blankets, champagne, and stargazing" and "date: backyard, tent, sleepingbags, ghost stories, and s’mores!" and "date: fooseball, beers, and a little competition!" (All things he's into!)

      Again, thank you so much for the cute idea & for the tutorial on the sour cream packets! Too precious! 🙂


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  • Reply sharon g January 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I've never seen the sour cream containers before. TOOOO cute!

  • Reply Sue Boyer January 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Neatest idea! I was going to make a date night blog post that would have been a little boring. This is so cute. I would like to feature this on Feb.11, 2013. I don't like to feature and not let you know. Grab the I've Been Featured Button on my side bar. Thank you for your creative ideas. Am following you by rss.

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  • Reply Traci Little January 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    so so cute! I teared up when I saw this! I totally want to try it!

  • Reply Mary January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Hello! Loved this idea! Could you share the graphics on the outside of the jar for us to print out? That would be superb! TY

  • Reply Mary January 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Thank you!

  • Reply Laurie@SimplyCreatingHome February 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I love this sweet and cute idea! I'll be pinning!

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