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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Craft Time - Make a Spring Wreath with your kids!

This weekend as I was cleaning the house, I came across some old picnic supplies. The paper plates had been stuffed in a bag and then forgotten. They were a bit dusty so I had to consign them to crafting duty. I rummaged around until I found what I needed, and the end result was pretty darn cute. Best of all, if you complete the craft with the optional finish, this makes a fantastic Mother's Day gift for grandma.

This is a craft you can make with younger children because of how easy it is, but I would say that this is an appropriate activity for children all the way to ten years of age. 

What you need:
  • Paper bag (old scrap paper will work as well, but it won't be as sturdy)
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint in spring colors (or washable finger paint for the littler ones!)
  • A black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
Optional finish materials are a magnet with sticky backing (you can find at a crafting store) and a recent photograph.

First you want to cut the paper bag into three separate sections. This is especially important if you have little ones doing this craft since they tend to not have a sense of drawing-within-the-lines.

Lay out each portion of the paper bag and have your child paint one of them with green for leaves, and the other two with flowery colors. Smaller children like mine may not paint the entire bag due to artistic reasons (haha), but I left it as my son painted it since I want this to be a project that he made. To my mom-vision it appears imperfectly perfect.

When the paint has dried, draw flowers and leaves on the bags. Older children will enjoy drawing their own designs, but the younger ones may need some help. I had my toddler draw a few all by himself on the bags after he watched me make the designs. His are on the bottom of each bag. It's the best drawing he's done yet!

Cut the leaves and flowers out and place them into piles. Cut a circle into the center of the paper plate. To cut a circle in the center, poke a hole through the middle of the paper plate with the scissors and use that as a point to cut from.

Now let your kiddos glue to their heart's content. My son turned out to be very choosy in where he was putting his leaves. I swirled a bunch of glue on the plate and let him stick as much on as he could before I helped him to glue the top pieces in place.

When you are done, poke a hole in the top of the plate and string the ribbon through it. This is a cute item to hang in the house, but if you want to make it into a gift it's easy! Skip the ribbon and glue a photo to the back of the paper plate so that your child's face is showing through the center. Attach a magnet kit (cheaply available at craft stores) to the top of the back of the plate. Tadaa! A gift that grandma or aunties or whoever else will adore. Not only does it look quite cheerful, but it will have your adorable offspring's smiling face shining back at them. So how cute is that?!?

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