- 12" wooden skewers
- a container
- a lump of floral foam or other Styrofoam
- shredded paper or Easter grass to hide the foam
- a package of cookies that have a hole in the middle
- a package of large gumdrops
- a package of spearmint leaves (optional)
- knife, cutting board, clean wet washcloth, wire cutters
The first thing to do is to prepare your container: cut the floral foam or Styrofoam to fit in the bottom of the container. You can use just about anything you can get your hands on for a container--I used a little cardboard basket from Target's Easter clearance last year. You could use a clean flowerpot, or a vase, or a mug, or a bucket--anything! Target's $1 Spot always seems to have cute little containers for every season.
Assembling these flowers is so easy that your kids can help with most of the steps! First, cut a gumdrop horizontally across, making two parts.
Now, my mom didn't use the spearmint leaves and I never have either, but they were hanging right next to the gumdrops in Rite-Aid so I grabbed a package to give them a try. I found it was best to poke a starter hole in them using an extra skewer. I slid it onto the skewer from the bottom before I added the cookie to the top. If the spearmint leaf leaves sticky green stuff on the skewer, you can use the clean washcloth to wipe it off. I only put a leaf on about half the flower skewers and tried to vary the height of each one.