Valentine’s day has always been a fun holiday for me, especially in school. I went to the same school K-12 & every single year the senior class would sell all sorts of goodies- roses, carnations, balloons, candy bouquets, stuffed bears, even singing telegrams. A couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day they would send out order forms so you could buy things for all your friends & your parents could send you special surprises. All throughout the day, the seniors would burst into classrooms hollering & wohoo-ing, cowbell & all to drop off special Valentine’s gifts to their recipients. I think their main goal was always to scare us to half to death. We’d be reading our history book intently then all of sudden they’d throw the door open & start belting out love songs. Oh the days!
On top of that we had the usual Valentine card exchange + rounds of candy & kitschy toys all day long. I’m sure it was a teacher’s worst nightmare, but we looked forward to February 14 every year! I remember being in elementary, then jr. high & finally high school, longing to be a senior so we could finally have out turn to scare everyone else & be as loud as we wanted all day long! The day finally came & it really was everything we thought it would be. There isn’t much better than surprising kids with loads of candy/balloons/flowers all day long & interrupting their regular school schedule.
Candy bouquets were one of the best gifts because you could open them up & eat them right away. Your teacher couldn’t even stop you! It was Valentine’s Day after all, the only national holiday that we are required to go to school for. Now that my youngest brother is the only one is school, we miss these sweet surprises! So I thought it was only appropriate to put together some similar candy bouquets for all of my siblings this year. They turned out so cute I thought I’d share a quick how-to with you.
**Spoiler alert- brothers & sisters & niece, you’ll see these again on Sunday!**
Supplies needed- candy, tissue paper, ribbon, paper straws, washi tape, my printable Valentine’s flags (below), scissors
Step 1- Gather lots of candy! Conversation hearts are a must people!
Step 2- Layer 2-3 sheets of festive tissue paper diagonally on top of each other, so that different colors are peeking out at all of the corners.
Step 3- Place a handful or 2 or 3 of candy in the center of the tissue paper.
Step 4- Gather all corner together & tie up around the candy in the center of the paper.
Step 5- Add more ribbons & curl. Tie on a tag if desired.
Step 6- Print & cut the Valentine’s Flags. Tape to paper straws & stick into middle of bouquet. Create extra flags with festive washi tape on the straws.
PDF- Valentine’s Flags
Don’t these turn out so sweet! I love bundles of pretty tissue paper & curly ribbon. The flags coming out of the top add just the right extra touch. You can put these together for teachers, friends, neighbors, family members, or anyone who enjoys a sweet treat! You can always substitute the candy with something else too.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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