How a Bouquet of Notes Makes Saying Thanks Fun for Kids

Want to teach your kids to show gratitude and affection in a unique way?

Would you like to give a special someone something special?

Make an appreciation bouquet! It’s a quick and easy way to show people you care about just how much they mean to you.

In this article, I’ll show you and your kids how to fill a cup with compliments and make someone’s day bloom with joy.

Learn how you and your kids can fill a cup with compliments and make someone's day bloom with joy with a handmade appreciation bouquet.

How Can You Make Saying “Thank You” Meaningful?

Like most parents, you teach your kids the common courtesy of saying “please” and “thank you.” But sometimes you want to say “thanks” in a bigger way than words alone.

A card or thank-you note is a great way to convey your heartfelt gratitude, but sometimes you want to give something more substantial. Flowers make a great impression, but they’re expensive and so short-lasting. What’s a grateful kid to do?

A bouquet of notes lets you combine the sentiment of a card and the beauty of a bouquet, but it never wilts and it can be enjoyed for years to come. An appreciation bouquet is a moving, special gift, especially when given by a child.

I received an appreciation bouquet from my oldest child when he was 5. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I still have it 7 years later.

When he gave me another one this year, we had a wonderful time together reading the notes he wrote when he was 5 and the ones that he wrote as a 12-year-old.

finished bouquet

An appreciation bouquet is a beautiful, thoughtful, and unique gift that is sure to please.

Can you think of someone who’s made a difference to your family? It can even be someone within your family.

Take a step back and think of all of the wonderful things a parent, child, sibling, teacher or other important person does.

Then make an appreciation bouquet to let them know how much everything they do means to you—it’ll be rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.

You Will Need

  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Markers
  • Ribbon
  • Disposable cups
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Stickers, glue sticks

Preparation Time

5 minutes to gather equipment

Activity time

Half an hour to an hour for each bouquet



Saying “thank you” never goes out of style. You can give appreciation bouquets as holiday gifts (think Valentine’s Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day or birthdays) or any day.

Here’s how:

#1: Prepare Your Supplies

Gather all of the supplies you’ll need to make your bouquet. You can use plain white paper, but I highly recommend that you get some scrapbook paper that has colorful designs on one side and white on the back.

supplies for bouquet

We used red plastic cups, but you could use ones with patterns on them or clear cups too.

Cut the scrapbooking paper into long strips that are about 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) wide. Older kids can cut the strips themselves. If your children are little, you may want to cut the paper ahead of time.

Give each person making a bouquet a pile of strips (we used about eight strips per child) and some markers.

Another option is to have several people contribute one note each to a group bouquet. This makes a great teacher gift from a class or grandparent gift from all the grandkids.

#2: Write the Notes

Think of the person you’re making the bouquet for. Then, on the first strip, write one nice thing about the person who will receive the bouquet.

Repeat this process for each strip.

drawing picture

I wrote down the words for my 4-year-old and she drew the pictures.

If your child has trouble writing, you can help write down the words. Don’t worry too much about correcting your child’s spelling. Invented spelling adds a personal touch to the scrolls.

It’s fun to look back at the writing later and appreciate how much your child has learned over the years.

Once the words are written down, illustrate and/or decorate the strips using the markers and stickers.

You can also cut the strips into interesting shapes (like wavy edges or zigzags), but remember not to make them too short or you’ll have trouble rolling them up when you’re done.

cutting the scrolls

My children cut funny shapes from the ends of their scrolls and then glued the pieces onto the scrolls to make them especially neat-looking.

It’s often helpful to ask your children questions to help prompt ideas. For example, you could ask:

  • What food does this person make that’s your absolute favorite?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world with this person, where would it be and why?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with this person?
  • What’s a great memory you have of something you and this person did together?
  • What’s something you think is beautiful about this person?

#3: Add Finishing Touches

Once the strips are finished, roll each one up and tie a bow around it. This is great practice for kids who haven’t quite mastered tying their shoes!

Then arrange all of the scrolls in the plastic cup. Let the ends stick out of the top so you can see the festive paper “flowers.” If there’s extra space, add another message scroll or some tissue paper to fill the cup.

tying the scroll

We tied different-colored ribbon around our scrolls and our cups so they looked extra-festive.

You can decorate the cup as well by tying a bow around it or putting stickers on it.

#4: Present the Bouquet

Then comes the fun part—present the appreciation bouquet to someone special.

presenting the bouquet

My kids loved making the bouquets and giving them too!

Have them open the scrolls while you’re there, so you can elaborate on what’s written down and let them know in person how special they are to you.

Give your kids big hugs for doing something nice for someone!

Some Final Thoughts

Whether you’re making an appreciation bouquet for a teacher, a friend or a family member, you can be sure that you will make the recipient extremely happy.

I can attest to that myself. Two of my children made their bouquets for me and the other child made one for her brother. Both those who were giving and those who were receiving had a lot of fun.

What do you think? Who will you give an appreciation bouquet to? Let me know in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear about how you spread joy to those you love!

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About the Author, Holly Chessman

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  1. Crystal Foth says:

    Great idea to share our appreciation for loved ones. My daughter writes me notes and has done so since before she could actually write. I’ve saved just about every one of them and have them in a letter box – a very treasured box it has become. I love the idea of sharing those notes with others!

  2. Thanks, Holly! What a cute way to show someone you care about them. And it’s great to get the kids thinking, too.

  3. Holly Chessman says:

    Wow – how lovely! I love the pictures and notes my kids write to me. There’s nothing more special. I also write a note to each of my kids each year and save them in their baby books so they can read them when they get older. Everyone loves a little appreciation now and then! :)

  4. Holly Chessman says:

    Glad you enjoyed it! We’ve used them as gifts for Valentine’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays and more. They’re fun to make and fun to give!

  5. Snowlet says:

    Love this Holly– what a wonderful idea. I bet these are treasured for many years to come! Who was the lucky recipient this time?

  6. Holly Chessman says:

    Thank you! Two went to me, one to a teacher and one went to Daddy. They were so much fun to make and read!

  7. Molly Mathis says:

    I think this is a wonderful, fun idea! Perhaps grandparents can supply the goodies to make these bouquets and give as a gift. This would help a mom who has a very small child and finds it hard to get out to shop for the implements to make this gratitude bouquet. :-)

  8. Holly Chessman says:

    That’s a great idea! I love it when my kids’ grandparents get involved in fun projects like this. This project in particular gives grandparents added insight into the way their grandkids’ minds work.

  9. the_blonde_chic says:

    this is a great idea…im going to make one for my friend shes having some hard times and i dont know how to cheer her up…this definatly will though thanks for the idea

  10. Amy says:

    Love this idea! On the case!

  11. Holly Chessman says:

    Thanks! Hope you have a great time!

  12. Karen says:

    Beautiful. Sounds like something the grandparents would love to receive too!

  13. Holly Chessman says:

    I’m sure you’re right! Everyone likes to know they are appreciated but we don’t always take the time to show people how much they mean to us. It’s really nice when someone says “thank you,” and even nicer when you can revisit that lovely “thank you” over the years.

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