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Getting Crafty: Wreaths Edition

Today we're making a wreath. If you're not feeling the wreath, but want to do the project, it's a-ok! You can do this fun, crafty method on any shape you like!

You will need:

* heavy paper or thin cardboard (cardstock, mixed media paper, cereal or cracker box all work well)

* scissors

* glue (glue stick or white glue in a jar lid)

* pencil with eraser (or whatever you have handy - a pen, wide end of chopstick, etc.)

* tissue paper (if you don't have tissue paper, experiment with what you do have! you may want to use magazine paper - try crumpling it many times, then cutting it)

* hole punch (optional)

* string, ribbon, yarn - whatever you have

* something you can trace, in the shape/s you want to use (you can also just free form cut any shape you want)

Prepare your space:

* cover your work area

* have your materials ready to work with

* keep drinking water nearby

* music? light? whatever makes it your ideal creative workspace, do that!

The work:

* decide what shape you will be working with. If you're choosing 'wreath', find a 2 circle shapes you can trace - one smaller, one larger

* trace your shape/s onto your base paper

* cut the shape out

* punch a hole wherever you'd like your hanging ribbon

*stack and cut your tissue or other papers into small (about 1.5"square-ish pieces - these do not need to be precise, and the sizes may vary)

* take your pencil, center a piece of tissue paper over it, then wrap that paper around the bottom of the pencil

* rub the tissue paper covered pencil over your glue stick (or dip in white glue - use a small amount of white glue if you are doing this method)

* stick another piece of tissue paper to the gluey first piece, and wrap it

* repeat once more (or as many times as you like - I encourage you to experiment!)

* with glue on the last piece, press it onto the wreath form and hold for a count of 5

* repeat this around your wreath til it's as full as you'd like it

* cut a piece of ribbon (or string) the lengthy you'd like, tie a knot in the ends, press look through the hole at the top of the work, then pull the ends through the loop.


* play with different sizes and colors of tissue paper

* experiment with different kinds of paper

* learn about the history of the wreath

* use this as an op to explore radial symmetry, pattern, and/or color

Have Fun! Be kind to yourself and each other.

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