Valentine’s Day has always kicked up a variety of memories for me. Some good, some, well, not so good.
Not so good: I’m in seventh grade. Kids are exchanging Valentine’s gifts with their sweethearts. My then-boyfriend passes me a box of candy. I pass him a note saying “I think we should break up.” I think it’s fair to say, I was a terrible girlfriend.
Good: The guy I had been dating for seven years, surprises me with a trip to NY. The next week, we’re at the top of the Empire State Building. He gets down on bended knee and asks me to marry him. I say yes and the rest, is history.
Each year, in an effort to stack the good memory deck for my kidlets (and probably as penance for 7th grade), I try to do something fun for the family on Valentine’s Day. Nothing huge, just a little something sweet that says, hey! let’s celebrate a day of love.
This year, I got the kids involved. Together, we made edible Valentine’s Day centerpieces. I’m not lying when I say, we had a ton o’ fun with this one! Having candy involved didn’t hurt. Here’s what we did:
For this project you’ll need:
strips of tissue paper (I recommend roughly 2 inches high)
clear plastic tumbler, drinking glass or short vase
loose candy like sweethearts
Accordion fold the tissue paper. This just means you’ll fold it back and forth like a fan.
Grab your scissors and either make 1 inch cuts into one end of the paper (if you want to make an aster/chrysanthemum type flower) or cut a rounded edge (for the rose option).
Unfold the tissue paper.
Attach one end of the length of tissue paper to the base of the lollipop with tape. How much tape should you use? My rule of thumb: use an amount somewhere between “tape miser” and “I’d like to see anyone open up this lollipop now.”
Start wrapping the tissue paper around the base of the lollipop. I won’t lie—this is the tricky bit. You’ll need to pinch and hold as you go or else it’ll end up looking like you were going for a mummy-pop. Mental note: jot that down for future Halloween project.
You’re almost done. Okay, now all you need to do is take another piece of tape and affix it so the flower/tissue paper doesn’t unravel.
Fill a clear plastic (or if you’re brave a glass) tumbler with sweethearts or festive M&Ms. Now arrange the lollipop flowers.
Stand back. Admire your work. Feel the love.
Wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with Xs and Os.