Saturday 7 December 2013

Art: Easy to make Christmas wreath

This is so easy to make and so much fun.  I made his one today with my 3 and 6 year old, the idea came from a craft I remember doing years ago with my Chiara and Naomi when they were small.  It didn't survive over the years so I have made some adjustments and it turned out lovely.

If you fancy making one yourself, this is how to do it...

All you need is:
  • Green card or some card (cereal box card would do) that you can paint green.
  • Green paint if you are doing the paint version.

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • A stapler
  • String about 50cm long

    To decorate you will need things like:
  • Glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Stickers  - we used silver stars
  • Red paper  I cut our red paper into small circles to look like berries and let the girls glue them on.
  • Tinsel
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • buttons or anything else you can find that your little one wants to add.
Draw round a small hand and then carefully, with scissors, cut out the shapes.  We made 9 hand shapes for ours.

Arrange your hands in a circle like this...

When you are happy with your shape staple them together so you will have something like this...

Now it is time to decorate it!  We added blobs of glue and the red circles I mentioned already.  You could use sequins or buttons or all three, it's up to you make it your own.

We then added some stickers, again this is optional but Harmonie and Honi found it fun. 
In the morning I'm going to see if the girls want to add a bit of glitter as we ran out of time as this was finished at bedtime tonight in the end!
Get your string and fold it in half then staple in at the base of one of the hand shapes like this...

It may need 2 or more staples to ensure it will stay in place.
When you've finished this, wait for it to dry and then hang your wreath up.  We hung ours, as it is traditionally done, on our door - ok, the inside of the door but still the door. 


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