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Valentine Flowers

The petals of these romantic flowers are overlapping paper hearts, inscribed with words or single letters that spell out a message. If you make them with wire stems, the valentines can be displayed in a vase; with ribbon stems, they can be tucked into envelopes.




  • Colored paper
  • 24-gauge wire
  • Small beads
  • Ribbon
  • Floral tape or glue
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Cut out five to eight hearts of the same size, and inscribe them. Use a pushpin to make a hole near the pointed end of each heart.

  2. Step 2

    For a wire stem, thread a small bead onto a piece of 24-gauge wire cut a little longer than you want the stem to be; twist the wire so the bead stays at the end. Thread hearts on the other end until all the hearts are stacked against the bead. Twist the wire again to keep the hearts in place. Cover the stem with floral tape, or glue ribbon around the wire.

  3. Step 3

    For a ribbon stem, thread a bead to the center of a 3-inch length of wire, and bend the wire in half. Send the ends through the hole in each heart. On the back, form the two ends into a small loop around the midpoint of a length of ribbon; trim the excess wire.

Martha Stewart Living, February 1999



Reviews (6)

  • hillrunnr 4 Feb, 2011

    what does she mean by 'twist the wire?' I am having a hard time getting the bead and 'petals' to stay in place

  • PhyllisJ 21 Feb, 2008

    this was easy and reminded me when we made all our valentines

  • ambernicole 13 Feb, 2008

    you can put little inscripitions on each flower such as "one night out to dinner.".... "one movie night.".... "one back rub"... and every time your valentine gives you a rose you do what the rose says! worked great for my vday gift!

  • mel stampz 9 Feb, 2008

    If you like, you can stamp (and emboss) the hearts and cut them out. To add to a card or a gift: push a brad through the center instead

  • njsmommy 7 Feb, 2008

    For 1st graders, I used a regular [filtered word] punch and used a large plastic bead for the center and used green pipe cleaners instead of the wire.

  • nikipoozoo 29 Jan, 2008

    Punch a larger [filtered word] in the tips and thread hearts onto a sucker stick for a cute Valentine for your child's classmates and/or friends, before assembling be sure to have your child write his or her name on one of the hearts. Grouped in a bouquet, these also make a nice party decoration and favor.