First line up your popsicle sticks on a strip of masking or painter's tape. Try to get them as close and straight as possible. The kids were all surprisingly good at this part.
Next, draw your Valentine message. It is a good idea to make a border around the edge. It makes it easier for the kids to put it back together. And if you are making these for teens you could use more sticks to make it more challenging.
Remove sticks from the tape and mix them up (flip some upside down too)
Gather them together with a pretty elastic band and add a note that says, "It is puzzling how much I like you!"
Monster Man (6) enjoyed lining these up but got a bit frustrated trying to draw on them. Cookie (10) and Pablo (8) were able to do the whole craft without help and we all had a lot of fun making these and putting them back together again.
We adapted this idea from the book Fun To Make Crafts For Everyday