Thursday, December 15, 2011

Advent Wreath!

It was a bit of an "Advent-ure" getting this project from start to finish but worth it. The kids loved it because it was big, fun and easy to paint, and it ended up in an important place when they got it home. Most families put it in the middle of the dining room table or in the entry way and it made them so happy. :)
 Again, just like the Nativity made from pavers a few post back, I was worried about breakage and the weight of the clay saucer if it landed on someone's foot. We worked on the floor on a cardboard square and lots of adult volunteers made it all happen uneventfully.

We painted the bottom of the clay saucer to look like an evergreen wreath. I had them sponge two or three green paints together as the base of the wreath. Then we used a sponge cut into the shape of a holly leaf and mistletoe. We also used a scrap of sponge to make sprigs of pine. We used a pencil eraser to dot the white mistletoe berries and the red holly berries.
We used small clay pots as the "candleholders." We painted 3 purple, 1 pink, and one white. We also painted a toilet paper tube "candle' in those colors. The adults glued the pots on after they were painted and completely dry. We used Liquid Nails
We put the  toilet paper tube "candles" in the flower pots. We tore strips of tissue paper to use as flames so they could "light" the candles.
The great thing about this wreath is that it is very cute and child-friendly with the toilet paper tube candles and tissue paper flames but with adult supervision you could use real candles because it is made from terra cotta pots!
** This wreath was made using a 12 inch saucer and clay pots that were about 3 or 4 inches tall. We wanted it to be a big, exciting project but you could adjust the size by simply buying smaller pots and saucer. I don't think I'd go much bigger because of the weight of the combined clay pots!

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