My daughter and I made an adorable gift for her teachers for Valentine’s Day – a Candy Heart Bouquet. This is a great project for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.
Make a Candy Cane Heart Bouquet
- Mini Candy Canes
- Hot glue gun
- Small potting pot (or a flower vase would work too!)
- Wooden Sticks (we used sucker sticks)
- Styrofoam Ball
- Spanish Moss
- Paint and Paint supplies (if you choose to decorate the pot or vase as we did)
- Clear Coat Spray (optional)
Create a Candy Cane Heart Bouquet
Step One: Pull out the desired amount of candy canes (you need two for each heart you will be making) and the wooden sticks. Unwrap them and lay them onto some wax paper (or some type of protected surface), placing the two candy canes into a heart and the stick in between.
Step Two: Using a hot glue gun, glue the two candy canes together at the top, forming a heart. Then glue the wooden stick at the bottom point of the heart shape.
*If you are using a circular wooden rod (such as a sucker stick), you will want to blue each point of the candy cane to the stock. If you are using a flat stick (such as a popsicle stick), you will want to glue the two points of the candy canes together and then glue the wooden stick to the back of the heart shape.
Step Three: While waiting on the candy cane flowers to dry, pull out some old newspaper and start painting the vase or potting plant you have chosen to plant your flowers in. (This is ofcourse optional as you could use a plain one!). This part was essential for us as this was the one part of the craft that my 4-year old could do all by herself to contribute her own work into the gift for the teachers.
Step Four: Once both the flowers and the vase/pot have dried, stick the styrofoam ball inside the pot and then arrange your heart flower sticks into the styrofoam to form the bouquet. Place some spanish moss over top.
Step Five: Once your project is positioned the way you want, use a clear spray paint to coat the pot and the candy can hearts with clear. We also added a little “Happy Valentine’s Day” card in the front of our flowers using an additional sucker stick, and then your project is complete!
I will add that my original plan with this project was to take it one step further and have the heart flowers be frames with each child in the class pictured in the heart bouquet. Sadly, I ran out of time to collect pictures of each student for the teachers. If you are choosing to do this as a Mother’s Day gift, going one step further and gluing a picture behind each heart candy cane (and then the stick behind the picture) will make it even more personal and will actually provide more support for your heart candy canes. I would love to see a finished project of one with photos! Please share if you do!
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