*52 Reasons Why I Love You*

One of the rules for this Valentine’s day was to have both of us make a creative gift for each other. I loved this idea. Me being addicted to do-it-yourself projects, I wanted a gift that would show how much my partner really means to me. I also could not wait to see what he was going to come up with! So I started browsing different ideas and found one that I knew would be perfect. It is a deck of cards where you think of 52 reasons why you love your partner and write them onto the cards. It seemed cheap and easy enough for me. So I found a template where I could type my reasons and print. The reasons came pretty quick to me once I started thinking of them. I typed them into the template and printed on white card-stock. I then cut them out and set aside.

I randomly found this foil sticker sheet that had hearts on it at Hobby Lobby. All I had to do was peel it off and stick it onto the card which I thought would be the perfect background to my cover and end card. I also have a scrap-book label maker which I used for the cover card. I typed out “Reasons Why I Love You” and used stickers for the number “52.” I then placed them all onto the card and had my cover!

I took the first card and punched two holes. I used that card as a template for where to place the rest of my holes. To do this, I used a binder clip to hold the cards in place (about 4 at a time) and placed the card with the holes in it already on top. I then arranged the cards to my taste. I placed them in numerical order and alternated the black and red. You want to have all the cards facing up because the front cover will cover the front card completely.

After the cards all had holes, I mod-podged the card-stock reasons onto each card. I let dry and then threaded the binder ring through the holes. I found mine at Target and used 1″ rings.

I was then done! I was very surprised with how well it turned out. What made it even better was the reaction my boyfriend had. He could not believe I made it and was so thankful. He brought it to his office at work so he can look at it whenever he wants during the day. This is such a special and meaningful gift. It was fun to make and it is such a great keepsake to have forever!

 My supplies

 My scrapbook label maker where I typed out the words, “Reasons Why I Love You”

The deck of cards where I alternated the black and red colors and put them in numeric order. I used the joker cards for the front and back cover

 I spread them out so I had a visual and would not mess up my progress

 Using the sticker foil sheet, I traced my cover and back card and cut it out. I then stuck it right to the Joker cards and had my front and back cover. 

 I then took the first card I was using and paper whole punched 2 holes. I took my binder clip and attached as many cards as I could (about 4) and punched the remaining cards. This helped so they would have the holes in the same area. 

 I then finished with paper whole punching my cover card and stuck on my stickers. This is the front!

 I then used Mod-Podge to glue on my reasons to each individual card.

 I made sure to cover the back and front completely 

 I then spread them out to dry

I then fastened the card with my binder clips. This is the back card. I wanted to incorporate the year so I would remember when I made this!

 This is what my cards looked like, front and back

My completed “52 Reasons Why I Love You” deck of cards!

You Will Need:

  • 1 deck of cards (Found mine at The Dollar Tree…2 came in a pack for $1)
  • Hole punch 
  • Binder clip
  • 1″ metal binder rings..you will need 2
  • Stickers, ribbon, etc. (Any kind of supplies you want to use to decorate your cover card)
  • Glue (mod-podge, tape runner)
  • Printable template (or design your own)

***If you are interested in the template I used, respond with a comment (below); I will be happy to send it to you! ***

How To Make:

  1. Start with a deck of cards
  2. Punch two holes in one card and then use that card as a template for where to place the rest of your holes. To do this, use a binder clip to hold the cards in place a bunch at a time (depending how many cards your punch will go through) and place the card with the holes in it already on top.
  3. Use a crop-o-dile or hole punch to punch holes in all the cards a bunch at a time.
  4. Arrange the cards to your taste. You can place them in numerical order or just at random. You want to have all the cards facing up because the front cover will cover the front card completely.
  5. Thread the binder ring (or ribbon) through the holes.
  6. Then cut out all the inserts and start adhering them to the cards with Mod-Podge (glue, or tape runner) 
  7. Decorate the front (and back) cover if you choose with your stickers, etc.
  8. Alternative:  You can tie some ribbons through the holes if you like instead of using the binder rings

*** UPDATE: If you have ideas, questions, suggestions, or want the template, PLEASE do so in the comments section below! I love comments and can typically respond faster to them than email! 🙂 ***

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231 comments on “*52 Reasons Why I Love You*

        1. Hey Rachael,
          I sent you an email requesting the template.. just wanted to make sure you got it!!
          Thanks so much.. hope you still check this post :S .. I know its been a year.. thanks though!!

  1. Hi… I was wondering if you would be able to send me the template. I would love to make the 52 reasons why I love you out of a deck of cards… THANKS!

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  20. This is one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen. The template that Rachael was so kind enough to send to me was perfect! This is going to make for an amazing anniversary present. I recommend this to everyone. Thanks again Rachael!!

  21. HI!
    this is such an adorable idea! i am very excited to make this for my boyfriend. Is there any way i could get the template? Thank you!

  22. This is an excellent idea!! Rachael emailed me the template and I made it for my bf for Vday/our 7 yr anniversary and it turned out amazing! Such a cute and meaningful idea. Thank you so much for all your help Rachael, you’re such a sweetheart!! Meant a lot : )

  23. Rachael emailed me the template and it was PERFECT! I just had to download it, fill it out and print it out. The hardest, and longest, part was cutting out and gluing 52 of these little guys. I am still adding my own little personal touches, like pictures and stuff, but I am beyond thrilled with how my project is turning out. Thank you so much for your help!

  24. Rachel thank you so much for e-mailing me the template:) It was kinda dificult to figure out how to download, but once I did it was smooth sailing. Can’t wait to give it to my husband for valentines! Thanks again for your great idea, and sharing the template with me!!!!! HAPPY VALENTINES

  25. Absolutely in love with this Idea!! I have everthing except the template. I would appreciate it if you could send it to me 🙂

  26. I made this project for valentines. It turned out great. I only used one ring in the upper left-hand corner. I used double-sided tape because my cards were very slick and when the glue stick dried my paper would just pop off. Thanks for the fun idea!

  27. Hey there 🙂 my anniversary is next weekend and I love this idea! Anyway I can get a copy of the template?
    Please and thanks!

  28. Hi there!!

    I would love to have a copy of your template.

    I thought this would also be a great project for kids. Specifically at ‘risk kids’. Each week have them consider something that made them happy during the previous week. Reminding them that there is something good each and every day — something special each week. It would give each a project to look forward to and to share.


    1. I will forward your comment onto Rachael for the 52 Reasons Why I Love You template! Great idea! 🙂

  29. Hi Rachel,

    I finally completed my DIY “52 reasons Why I Love You” project for my boyfriend’s birthday! I am going to give it to him tomorrow when I take him out to eat! The template was sooo easy to use, and I really appreciate your help! Wish me luck!

  30. Rachael, I love your template and want to do something special for my husband on our anniversary, can you please send me the template. Thanks

  31. Rachael emailed me back with a quick response giving me a link to the craft template. She was so nice and so helpful to send it over. Thank you so much!! Was a great gift 🙂

  32. Thanks for sharing Rachel
    Your template is definitively the best I’ve ever seen. I just used it. It looks perfect!
    Best luck with your blog 🙂

  33. Thanks so much for sharing this with the world, you’re a very generous person.
    Best wishes on everything you do.

  34. [email protected] says:

    Love this idea- thank you so much for the template! Here’s hoping my boyfriend loves it 🙂

  35. I wanted to post now that I have received the template. Rachael, I have printed my cards off and they look wonderful. It was so easy to add my text and this template is by far the best one I have seen. Just a tip for some that were not able to print as I had that problem at first as well because I was trying to print the powerpoint and not the download. Thanks again for making this project so easy!

  36. I emailed her for the template and she was very quick to reply and I pulled it up in my email right away and got to work on making my own deck of cards. The ideas on the blog are so helpful in instructing how to put it together and I really needed that to get started. Thanks so much! I can't wait to finish my project!!

  37. Thanks so much for the template! I’m very excited to show my husband this awesome gift for his birthday (Feb 15th). We try not to buy useless things but rather make meaningful gifts or forgo presents to save for family trips. This is perfect!

    1. 52 Reasons Why I Love You is an awesome template and even better gift. I remember when Rachael made one for me: it was one of my favorite gifts I have ever received.

  38. I enjoyed over read your blog post. Your blog have nice information, I got good ideas from this amazing blog. I am always searching like this type blog post. Love this idea! Could you tell me how to find the printables. Thank you!
    I hope I will see again..

  39. Thank you SOOOO much for sending me your template!! I am not good with gifts, but I think this is the best one ever. I just finished my book and it looks super cute. I deviated a bit from your instructions; I mixed & matched several different versions and some of my own ideas. The ease of use for your template was so easy. You made my randomness beautiful!! Thank you!

    I have taken pictures. Let me know if you want those. Thanks!

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