Hearts and Flowers Valentines

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Valentine's Day comes in the middle of winter, often a cold and dreary season in most of the country. These valentine hearts, filled with wildflower seeds, make an attractive gift now and offer the promise of beautiful flowers in the spring. They can be scattered on the ground, under trees, on banks or in flower beds and as the winter snow and spring rains moisten and degrade the paper, the seeds inside begin to germinate and will sprout with the warm spring sun. What a clever way to show your "love in bloom!"

Valentine's Day comes in the middle of winter, often a cold and dreary season in most of the country. These valentine hearts, filled with wildflower seeds, make an attractive gift now and offer the promise of beautiful flowers in the spring. They can be scattered on the ground, under trees, on banks or in flower beds and as the winter snow and spring rains moisten and degrade the paper, the seeds inside begin to germinate and will sprout with the warm spring sun. What a clever way to show your "love in bloom!"

Things You'll Need

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To make this project, you will need: construction paper in assorted colors, a glue stick or paper paste, wildflower seeds, a foam board (8 inches by 10 inches), corrugated border, paper doilies, assorted hole punches, border scissors, and the eHow valentine template available at the link below.

To make this project, you will need: construction paper in assorted colors, a glue stick or paper paste, wildflower seeds, a foam board (8 inches by 10 inches), corrugated border, paper doilies, assorted hole punches, border scissors, and the eHow valentine template available at the link below.

Cut Out and Decorate Hearts

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Cut out hearts from construction paper following the template in various sizes. Decorate the hearts with paper doilies, punched out shapes, stripes, etc. Use your imagination to create your own unique designs. Don't use stickers or anything that is not bio-degradeable.

Cut out hearts from construction paper following the template in various sizes. Decorate the hearts with paper doilies, punched out shapes, stripes, etc. Use your imagination to create your own unique designs. Don't use stickers or anything that is not bio-degradeable.

Match Up the Hearts

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Match the hearts into pairs based on size and design so that you have two hearts that are the same size and complement each other.

Match the hearts into pairs based on size and design so that you have two hearts that are the same size and complement each other.

Add Wildflower Seeds

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Put a small pile of wildflower seeds in the center of one of the hearts from each pair.

Put a small pile of wildflower seeds in the center of one of the hearts from each pair.

Glue the Perimeter

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Apply glue or paper paste to the edges of each heart and carefully stick them together, keeping the seeds in the center. Be sure the edges are sealed closed so that you don't lose the seeds until they are placed in their final location.

Apply glue or paper paste to the edges of each heart and carefully stick them together, keeping the seeds in the center. Be sure the edges are sealed closed so that you don't lose the seeds until they are placed in their final location.

Make the Presentation Tray

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Trace and cut out the large heart from foam board. Measure the perimeter of the heart and cut a piece twice that long from the corrugated border. Align the edges and glue the border back to back. Glue the border to the edge of the foam board heart using hot glue.

Trace and cut out the large heart from foam board. Measure the perimeter of the heart and cut a piece twice that long from the corrugated border. Align the edges and glue the border back to back. Glue the border to the edge of the foam board heart using hot glue.

Tray Ready for Presentation

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Use the heart tray to present your hearts and flowers valentines. You can also use this technique to present cookies or other treats.

Use the heart tray to present your hearts and flowers valentines. You can also use this technique to present cookies or other treats.

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