Blooming Rose - a Fruity Valentines (Plus Bonus Rosebud Version)




Do you ever stop and think, dang, every "special day" is celebrated with cheap, not so tasty candy? If you are a mother, you know your child is going to come home wired from all the sugar at thier class valentines day party.

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!***

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Step 1: Materials

Blooming Rose Materials
New pencils
Twice as many toothpicks as strawberries
Tiny rubber bands
Sticky tape
Vase (or one of those crystal lite cylinders)
Leaf template


Step 2: Blooming Rose Step 1

Take a new, valentines theme pencil, 2 toothpicks, and a tiny rubberband.

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

Using the leaf template, draw and cut leaves out of green construction paper.

I used the "paper doll" method, because I am lazy.

Write each Valentine's name on the leaf.

Step 4: Blooming Rose Step 3

You may find it easier to do this after step 4, maybe not. It doesn't matter which order you do it in, whichever you think is easier.

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.

Step 5: Blooming Rose Step 4

Line the toothpicks up with the bottom (well top technically) of the strawberry, and pierce them into the strawberry.

You want to leave the green (sepals) on the berry, as they will look like the sepals on the rose!

Make sure there is enough toothpick in the berry to support it, and enough on the pencil that the berry doesn't get top heavy and loose it's bloom.

I find it is handy to put them in the vase once you do this.

Step 6: Blooming Rose Step 5

Now to bloom the rose. Don't get scared, this is one of the easiest fruit cravings you can do.

*tip 1 - it works better if your knife is very sharp, and you hand very stead
*tip 2- a cold strawberry is easier to carve than a warm one

About half way up the strawberry, make a shallow slice into the berry angling in slightly. If you divide the place where you start cutting to the bottom of the berry into thirds, you want to cut down two-thirds.

As you pull the knife back up, pull the blade towards yourself, curling the petal. They may need recurling as you handle the berry, but you still want to encourage the curl as you slice it.

Continue to do this another 3-4 times around the bottom of the berry.

Step 7: Blooming Rose Step 6

Once the first layer of petals are complete, carefully chose and area in between the petals and repeat, with smaller petals.

Be careful not to cut too deeply, or your first petals will break.

You do not have to worry about curling these petals out as much.

Continue for a third level of petals, with small cuts and no curl at all.

Step 8: TA DA!!

A beautiful blooming rose!

Entirely edible. And won't cost you $25!

Remember the safety warning if giving these to kids!

I am sorry I don't have a vase of roses that are bloomed, I did they as I gifted them, because they will oxidize the way fruit does once cut.

I suggest blooming the rose in person anyway (after you practice). You are bound to impress with your amazing fruit carving skills!

Step 9: BONUS! Rosebud - Easy Peasey Version


Rosebud Materials (safer for the under 7's)
Bamboo skewers
Hole punch
Curling ribbon
Vase (or one of those crystal lite cylinders)
Shallow pan
Green food coloring

Using the number of bamboo skewers you need valentines for, place them in the shallow pan, and add water and green food colouring.
Soak the skewers overnight, using something heavy to hold them down.

(Honestly, this doesn't make them super green... you may get frustrated, like I did last year, and end up colouring the skewers with a non toxic marker. This is fine, as long as it is non toxic! and you don't colour the bit you are going to stick in the strawberry).

Remove and allow to dry.

Insert skewers into stawberries.

Cut a white piece of heavy paper into "gift tags", write each giftees name on the tag.

Hole punch the corner, and using curling ribbon, tie the tag around the skwere.

Place the strawberries in the vase (or use one of those cylinder and decorate it like a bunch of flowers).

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13 Discussions


6 years ago on Introduction

Way cool! My boyfriend's on a diet and I'm on a budget, so I knew candy was pretty much a no-go for this year's Valentine's day. But we both love strawberries.

I wonder if a spritz of lemon juice and keeping the rosebuds in an airtight container until they're just a few minutes from being presented would help with the oxidation issue. I really want to present him with a whole bouquet!


8 years ago on Step 8

I have to say, these are absolutely beautiful. I may have to try my hand at them sometime soon.

Have you tried dripping white chocolate on these or maybe dipping them? I was wondering if the petals kept their shape enough to dip.

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Reply 8 years ago on Step 8

maybe try "drizzling" the chocolate as opposed to "dipping" this may work out a little better as it wont be so heavy on the petals. :o) As far as using sugar - doesn't this make the strawberries get really juicy really quick? I thought that is how you made the strawberries juicy for shortcakes...............Or, I just thought of this and don't know if it would work or not but it was just a thought. How about injecting a surprise dollop of chocolate into the top part of the rose. Or making a small hole in the top, filling with white or dark chocolate and then putting the piece back in and letting it flow over onto the other petals. And last perhaps after you finished carving them if you froze them first the dipping would then work out perfectly for the delicate petals. Hope one of these ideas helps out. I am going to try my hand at even making them and then I'll post pic when I am able to get some chocolate on them one way or another. :0)


Reply 8 years ago on Step 8

I dont think they would - they are pretty delicate. You can however sprinkle sugar on them and make the glittery.


9 years ago on Introduction

I know it kinda defeats the more nutritious nature of the project... but I really want to make these and then dip in chocolate.  Best chocolate covered strawberry ever!

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

It would be awesome, but Follard is right, the chocolate wouldn't stick to the strawberries :(
Also, the petals are really delicate, and the weight of the chocolate would probably break them.

If you wanted to negate the whole nutritious thing though, you could dust them with sugar, and make sparkle roses. It would help a little with the oxidation, but you would need to use kid gloves, due to the delicacy issue.


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

I did worry about the delicacy issue.  I think I could get around the moisture issue with a dusting of corn starch, powered or granulated sugar, or maybe give them a sugar crust like the grapes in this recipe:,193,148182-251192,00.html.

Something to think on while I practice my petal carving skills!


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

My mom made grapes like that one ~hot~ summer day when I was little, but without the cinnamon. 35 years later I still remember them as one of the best snacks I ever had. Cool, now I can make them too.

Great instructable, these are super cute! it would be fun to do for a fondue party.


Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

That might work, but chocolate is really anti-water.  You can dip whole strawberries because they are dry; cut into these and you'll let a bunch of water out, and the chocolate will not only not wanna stick, but it'll gum up.  :(  It WOULD be AWESOME!


9 years ago on Introduction

Beautiful!  You got my vote!

These are special for any occassion and I can't wait to present a dozen of these to my mom on Mother's Day!!!