Lasting Valentine Bouquet

By Noreen Doll.

Here’s a fun Valentine bouquet your kids can create. It would make a great gift for Grandma, or a friend or neighbor.


I used a 7 ounce size diced chili can for this project, but you could use any size you like.

I was going to paint the can silver, but decided that since it was already a nice shiny silver, I would just use it like it was. You could paint the can any color you like, though.

I used packaged conversation heart stickers, but you could use plain foam heart stickers and write your own fun messages.


Conversation Heart Stickers

Tin Can




Styrofoam Chunk

Instructions for a Lasting Valentine Bouquet.

1. Prepare the can. Remove the label and wash the can. I used Goo Gone to remove the glue that was left from the label and washed the can thoroughly again.


2. Cut the styrofoam chunk to fit the can and put it in the bottom of the can. Make sure it fills the can 1/2 to 2/3 full.


Because I didn’t have a styrofoam chunk, I cut several circles from the bottom of a veggie tray to put in the can. A styrofoam piece would be sturdier, but you could glue the skewers into the circles.

3. Tie a ribbon around the can.


Prepare the Valentine bouquet hearts.

3. Cut skewers into different lengths.  I cut one in half and 2 others into one longer and one shorter piece each.


4. Remove the paper from one of the heart stickers and lay it sticky side up.

5. Lay the pointed end of a bamboo piece in the middle of a heart. Or if the skewer piece has 2 flat ends, lay one flat end on the heart.


6. Remove the paper from another heart and lay it sticky side down over the skewer and the other heart, matching the edges of the hearts.



7. Tie a small bow around each skewer below the heart. Coordinate  the bow colors with the heart colors.


8. Using the pointed end of a skewer, poke holes in the styrofoam where you want to set the hearts.

Put the taller hearts in the back and the shorter hearts in front.


9. Place pompoms around the base of the skewers in the can.


Use the Valentine bouquet as a centerpiece on your table or mantel, or give it to Grandma.



If you can’t find conversation heart stickers, you could get plain heart stickers and let the kids have fun writing their own messages. Do write the messages before you use the stickers.

Instead of a tin can, you could paint a flower pot or recycled plastic jar.

This is a great way to use up shorter pieces of ribbon.

Instead of pompoms, you could use Spanish Moss, Easter grass, shredded paper, packing peanuts or other filler.

Do keep an eye on younger children if you do this project with them, as the skewers are very sharp. You could cut off the pointed ends before using.

© Noreen Doll

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  1. That is right up my 7 year olds alley. She loves to do her own thing especially if it involves hearts. Noreen, thanks for linking up to “Inspiration in Progress” last week with your sweetheart angel…everyone loved it and it was featured this week as it was one of the top clicked projects. : ) I hope you will stop by grab a featured button and link up again with us.

  2. Super cute!!!

  3. love it so very cute
    come see what I shared at

  4. What an adorable bouquet!

  5. Very cute and creative idea!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites.

  6. Shout out via facebook…sent! We are always having canned chilies so this will be easy.

  7. What a fun project!

  8. What a fun idea. Love the tin can….

    Hugs x

  9. Really cute idea!

  10. So very cute! Would be a great teacher gift, too. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  11. simple things are often the most beautiful

  12. Great idea! I am in love with the can! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  13. Sweeter than sweet!!!

  14. Cute project!

  15. What a cute idea and perfect for crafting with kids! Thanks.

  16. Cute design. Thank you.

  17. Great idea, I like unique crafts like this! Thanks so much!

  18. What a cute idea. And a great one for kids to make. Thank you for sharing at TTF.

  19. Love the recycling and these would make a great centerpiece for a party!

  20. What a cute project!

  21. This is so cute! Thanks so much. Have a wonderful week!

  22. Such an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  23. This is such a cute project, and will last so much longer then fresh flowers. This would make a great teachers gift for Valentine’s day too! Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

  24. This would be a fun project for the kids! Thanks. Hope your having a great week.

  25. Really, such a great project! Great for almost any age and would be a great gift for family or a teacher! Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

  26. This is adorable! Thank you so much – I always look forward to your posts :)

  27. So adorable! We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!

  28. Really cute! There is just something about conversation hearts that get me in the Valentine spirit! :)

  29. Cute Valentine Bouquet :)

  30. That is a really fun idea. Anyone would be happy to receive such a fun bouquet.

  31. super cute, looks like a project my son would like to help with :o)
    Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week!

  32. Very cute idea! I love the use of recycled materials too!

  33. What a cute idea. Something I can do with the grand kids.

  34. What a cute idea! This would be great for kids.

    Thanks for the idea.


  35. Hi Noreen!

    As usual, you deliver such great ideas! I’m pinning this at my board and The Classroom Creative’s valentine’s board. Also, you are featured tonight at Creative Juice.

    Thanks for sharing,

  36. My kind of craft!!! so cute!

  37. What a great project! I love how you improvised with your styrofoam food trays in lieu of the styrofoam chunk! Brilliant! I’m so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!


  38. I just love this lasting bouquet! What a great idea for valentines day!

    So glad you shared it at last weekends link party :)

    Hope to see you link up again this weekend!

  39. Noreen- I just love this idea for grandparents and babysitter! So cute! You are a ‘Featured Favorite’ this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks for sharing this last week; we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! Have a great weekend and Happy Early Valentine’s Day! :)
    Mackenzie :)

  40. So sweet and “doable.” I’d love for you to link it up at Share the Shelter. I know my readers would enjoy making it.

  41. Thank you for linking up your awesome project! We’ve already got our next Showcase up, so come stop by and link up another project!

    Have a great week!

  42. Cute bouquet! Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

  43. This would be something fun that the recipient could set out again next year. Fun. Thanks for sharing.

  44. These are sooo stinking adorable! Love how easy they are~
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  45. Great Valentine idea! I always enjoy your posts! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by each week!

  46. This is so cute! Would make a cute Valentines gift for a teacher!

  47. this is a super cute idea.I will try this with my son

  48. Love this idea. So simple and incredibly cute!

  49. These would be a great gift to anyone. Thanks for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  50. Jann Olson says:

    I have something similar that a friend made for me a few years ago. Mine also has mini candy bars tucked in here and there. It was too cute to eat so I’ve just used it as a display piece. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  51. Another darling idea. So simple to use conversation heart stickers – the little ones could definitely do this! Hope to see you again this Saturday at Snickerdoodle!

  52. This is so cute, and I love that it will last a long time! Thanks for sharing :)

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