It's too much!
Here is a valentines day treat which the kids just love (I've done it for my classroom the past two years, and the children's eyes just light up). And it is a little more health conscious than kisses and dumdums.
I have two versions, the Blooming Rose, and the Rosebud. Both are fairly easy, but the Rosebud just a smidge easier, and a little safer for the younger ones.
**Important** If you are giving these to kids, be sure to remind them that there are pointy bits of wood, and to be careful!***
Step 1: Materials
Twice as many toothpicks as strawberries
Tiny rubber bands
Vase (or one of those crystal lite cylinders)
Step 2: Blooming Rose Step 1
Wrap the band around the pencil so that the two toothpicks stick above the eraser. Be sure to line up the band and toothpicks so that the lay flat along the pencil. It the band is too high, the toothpicks will flare out.
Step 3: Blooming Rose Step 2
I used the "paper doll" method, because I am lazy.
Write each Valentine's name on the leaf.
Step 4: Blooming Rose Step 3
Line the rectangle part of the leaf up against the pencil so that the paper doesn't end where a toothpick is, and tape it down.
Then put small pieces of tape on the other side of the rectangle, above and below the leaf, and wrap the rectangle around the pencil, covering the toothpicks.