Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I am thankful that it did not catch me by surprise this year! Emry likes to deliver handmade Valentine’s to her classmates in lieu of the boxed variety, though we often do not remember until last minute and mama gets to be the one to stay up late putting the finishing touches on her lovely creations.
Before we go further, let me give you a little bit of my crafting background. I love the idea of crafting and I do possess a few creative genes, though I am also a diehard perfectionist. The disorganized chaos that usually accompanies crafts is very hard for me to stomach, not to mention the knot that grows larger in my tummy when my projects are not perfectly aligned, don’t match the tutorial, etc. – you get the idea. I am determined to make 2014 my best year yet, and that includes branching out and exploring my interests. And let me tell you – I have been missing out! This crafting business is addicting and I feel like I have joined an inclusive secret club. Needless to say, I am enjoying every minute of it!
Back to this years class Valentine’s. Given my propensity to feel as if every craft should be perfect, it is really hard for me to hand over the crafting reigns to my 9-year-old. Guess what, ya’ll? Life is too short to care about whether a construction paper heart is cut properly. So I took a deep breath and just let Emry create. No they didn’t end up perfect, but they were bursting with love 🙂
DIY Hershey Kisses Roses Tutorial
Difficulty Level: Easy
- Red or pink cellophane paper
- Hershey Kisses (2 per rose)
- Green construction (or scrapbook) paper
- Classroom Valentines (Emry made her own, you can pick up a box of Valentine’s on Amazon, at Target or create one at Tiny Prints)
- Floral tape
- Ribbon (we used (2) 3/8″ x 3 yard rolls to make 21 roses)
- Hole Punch
- Scissors (not pictured)
1. Tape two Kisses together (bottom to bottom)
2. Cut cellophane into squares that are large enough to wrap around both attached Kisses. (we used 4.5″ x 4.5″)
3. Hand trace or use a Cricut or the like to create leaves. We used one leaf per rose, use your own discretion.
4. Push a wooden skewer into either pointed end of attached Kisses. You will be pushing it into the chocolate, so be careful not to entirely mangle the chocolate but do make sure it is secure. (we practiced with some of the extra Kisses beforehand)
5. Prepare a cellophane square, center the opposite pointy end of the Kiss into the middle of the square. Wrap it and twist at the base.
6. Hold on to the twisted base while at the same time wrapping the floral tape tightly to secure it, continue wrapping tape and stop midway to attach leaf. Continue wrapping floral tape to bottom of skewer. Press the tape firmly at the bottom to secure.
7. Cut lengths of ribbon (we used 10″ long, it was a really good length for tying bows)
8. Hole punch each Valentine. String the ribbon into the hole, then lay a rose over the hole in the Valentine.
9. Tie a tight bow to secure the Valentine to the rose.
If you wish, you can make more than one for each person and tie them together with the ribbon to create a bouquet. For Emry’s classroom Valentine’s Day party, we decided to make just one per student.
Have fun showering the special people in your life with love and thank you for reading!