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Handmade Valentines for Kids: Cupcake Goodies

Introduction

This Valentine's Day, encourage kids to show sweet sentiments with tokens of affection that go beyond the store-bought card. Fill flattened cupcake liners with candy for a treat you won't have to bake. The liners' pleats nicely frame scrap-art pictures or paper hearts (we used scalloping scissors to trim some). A craft punch or paper flowers can make cute borders.

Materials

  • Flattened cupcake liners
  • Scalloping scissors
  • Craft punch or paper flowers (optional)
  • Glue
  • Candy
  • Ribbons, or paper or fabric flowers
  • Construction paper

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Flatten two paper cupcake liners. Place one liner face up, and lay the other face down on top of it.

  2. Step 2

    Lift the edge, and apply glue along a short section. Press to attach; let dry. Continue gluing in sections, leaving the last section open. Fill with candy; seal opening with glue.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out heart or other shape from construction paper; add cut-out images, ribbons, or paper or fabric flowers, and write or stamp a note. Glue onto center.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 11 2004

Reviews (19)

  • 13 Feb, 2013

    i made lollipop flowers for my kids child care.. everyone loved it... not a bomb .. just 3$.. thanks for uploading great ideas.. expecting MORE !!!

  • 13 Feb, 2012

    Just finished making a flower "garden" for my duaghter's class for V-Day. Super cute! Be sure to stack/fold your sheets of paper before cutting the hearts as you will need four for each lollipop-too many to cut individually.

  • 2 Feb, 2011

    I just found out that I may not send candy with my child to school. Our solution? Take this same idea and use a heart pencil and heart style eraser for the center. Works just as well, and gives the kids something to use later on :)

  • 12 Feb, 2009

    My 4 year old daughter and I made the heart and lollipop flowers she had the idea to use mini-cupcake liners in our flowers. She used yellow paper for her hearts and yellow cupcake liners and the flowers turned into daffodils. To make the flower more secure, I wound a small piece of clear tape around the bottom of the flower to keep the flower petals from spinning around. Then we wound a piece of green pipe cleaner around the stick to make it look like a flower stem.

  • 12 Feb, 2009

    My 4 year old daughter and I made the heart and lollipop flowers she had the idea to use mini-cupcake liners in our flowers. She used yellow paper for her hearts and yellow cupcake liners and the flowers turned into daffodils. To make the flower more secure, I wound a small piece of clear tape around the bottom of the flower to keep the flower petals from spinning around. Then we wound a piece of green pipe cleaner around the stick to make it look like a flower stem.

  • 10 Feb, 2009

    Took to heart ;) what the other teacher said about liners coming apart on Cupcake Craft... so, gave 1st graders x-tra strength double sided tape to seal. Also made sure to use candies NOT so small as to easily get through papers. Kids LOVED decorating to hearts content ;)

  • 7 Feb, 2009

    me and mhy 3yrs old son made the heart and lolipop flowers. i prepared the flowes and he put the lolipops in the middle. I made flower arrangment with some valentine vases from the dollar tree and tissue paper..

  • 18 Feb, 2008

    Cupcake valentine craft was difficult as the glue would not keep the edges together, so the treats spilt out. They looked really nice, but too difficult for kindergarten kids.

  • 18 Feb, 2008

    My kindergarten kids made the lollipop flowers for a Valentine's craft. They loved them. We also decorated small tea tins for a vase and used plastisene to hold the lollipop flower in the vase. Too much fun.

  • 16 Feb, 2008

    I need to say thank you for this project, it's so easy and beautiful, I'm a teacher in Mexico and I love to do this kind of projects with my students.

  • 14 Feb, 2008

    I just finished this project for my daughter's class. I love how it turned out. Especially since I used different color hearts for each flower. The mini tootsie pops are best for the center. Just wrap them in a small piece of tissue paper. I can't wait for her classmates to see them.

  • 12 Feb, 2008

    We used pencils instead of lollipops. I put a class set of them into a small clay pot, (signed and filled with sand for stability) and gave them to the teacher as a gift. A-DOR-ABLE!

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    What a fun, easy craft, and easily dressed up with some pattered cardstock. Other ideas: try a different message, like "thanks a bunch" or "you make my heart bloom." This would also be a fun take-home favor for a spring birthday party!

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    These were incredibly fun and easy for my 8

  • 10 Feb, 2008

    "Hearts-and-Lollipop Flowers"

    My seven year old daughters and I made these for their classmates. I was trepidatious because I am not "crafty," but to my surprise and delight, they turned out beautifully! We added names using green ribbon.

    Thank you Martha!

  • 8 Feb, 2008

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  • 7 Feb, 2008

    My 5 year old and I made the "Heart-and-Lollipop Flowers" for her class this year for V-day. We decided to use 5 hearts instead of 4 - it made the flower more full. She loved it. Great practice with the scissors. I drew the hearts and she cut them all. I glued the hearts together and she inserted the lollipop. Very cute and fun to do together :)

  • 4 Feb, 2008

    I made the cupcake valentines with my kindergartner last year and she loved making them. They don't exatly come out as nice and neat as Martha's, of course, but beautiful just the same.

  • 24 Jan, 2008

    i did already everybody like it