Friday, September 21, 2007

Easy Wreath Craft for Kids

My daughter came up with this craft idea on her own. She wanted to make a wreath to give to my mother, and we didn't have a supply of ready-made wreath forms (go figure!), so she searched for other things she might be able to use instead.

She grabbed a roll of tie wire for fencing that was in Eddie's shop, and a pair of dikes (also called diagonal cutters) to cut it with. I made a double circle of the wire for the size she wanted it, and she cut it. She twisted the wire around itself to keep it secure.

Then she got out my low-temp hot glue gun, and I prepared a cutting board covered in aluminum for her to set it on, because the glue can start to drip out the end as it heats up. She was working at the kitchen counter and I didn't want any melted spots or burn marks!

She used brown tissue paper to cover the wire and glued it in place. Then added some other colors to brighten it up. She had collected tiny pine cones from the eastern hemlock next to the house, and some acorns from underneath an oak. She glued these in place, and even put some pine cones inside the caps of the acorns.

It didn't take her very long to make this, and I'm sure there are so many other creative things you can do with wire forms you make yourself.

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tegdirb92 said...

what a lovely innovative craft idea!! very clever!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Very clever...well done!