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
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