-Greenery for the top of the carrot (I used Onion grass like this one)
-An old magazine
What you’ll do:
- Take a couple of pages from the magazine and roll it into a cone.
- Keep rolling pages until you have a carrot size that you like.
- Cut your greenery and shove it in the top and down the center of the magazine carrot
- Glue the beginning of the jute/twine to the magazine carrot and start wrapping it around the carrot form (tip: do not try to be perfect. Just wrap the twine haphazardly. I like to wrap all over the place. For two reasons. 1. I think it looks organic and 2. It’s easy, and you all know how I feel about ease).
Just wrapping the twine. Excuse the mess, I whipped up these three carrots, two moss bunnies during our last Craft Night, so there was a lot going on. When is there not a lot going on?
Just wrapping the twine. Excuse the mess– I whipped up these carrots and two moss bunnies up during the last Craft Night. There was a lot going on. When do I not have a lot going on?
- Tuck the end of the jute/twine under what you have already wrapped. If you want, glue the tail end down.
- Paint your carrot with craft paint (tip: I added a little water to my paint, and just blotted the paint onto the carrot).
- Attach the carrots onto your burlap bubble wreath (I used green floral wire to attach my carrots) for a cute Spring update or wherever your heart desires.
You can barely see the floral wire.
An easy update to an easy wreath!
This extreme closeup reveals the blue poster gum I use on the back of my wreaths, so they don’t slide when opening and closing the door. In case you are wondering about the exposed wreath form, you can’t see it as I fluffed the burlap a little bit more.
What updates do you have in store for your Burlap Bubble wreath? The possibilities are endless. Anyone securing a bird’s nest with Robbin’s eggs on theirs?
Oh, I’m a proud Mama (I always am, but in a few sentences you will see why I am especially proud).
I have a thing for wreaths. It really is no secret around here. I just really love them. So imagine my elation when I devised a craft for my oldest to create that yielded his very first wreath. A foam sticker wreath, but a wreath nonetheless.
Look at the wreath; ignore the chocolate stache!
This is a project that almost all kids will dig because it is not super time consuming, it will not cause frustration, and it uses stickers. Heeellllllllllllllooooooooooo, stickers are awesome.
In other words, it fits into my trend of easy crafts (like this, and this, and this… )
Here’s what you will need:
- Seasonally/Holiday Themed Foam stickers (you can get these from The Dollar Tree or any craft store)
Check out this cache of foam stickers.
- Cardboard/Thick Poster Paper
Here’s what you will do:
- Cut the cardboard into a wreath shape– For this step, I placed a bowl on the cardboard and had F trace around it to make the initial circle. Then I had him place a smaller bowl in the center of the bigger circle and had him trace that, too. For ease, you could have this done ahead of time.
- Open the packs of foam stickers and allow your kiddo to design/decorate his/her wreath.
F created a wreath and worked on his fine motor skills– a winner of a craft!
Peeling the backs off the stickers is some hard work.
Work in progress
I think he’s pretty proud of it, too.
St. Patrick’s Day Proud
Side note: This is probably just a reminder for myself, but… restrain from dictating how the stickers should be placed/arranged, etc. When I envisioned this craft, I thought it would be absolutely adorable if the stickers were overlapped and layered all around the wreath.In fact, I suggested that to F when he first started, but I quickly bit my tongue and let him go. It was his craft, not mine. If I wanted one that was perfectly layered, I could make one myself.
Even though the layers would have been lovely, it wouldn’t have been his work; it would have been mine. Instead, he is proud that he created a lovely wreath that is all his own.
Wow! A foam shaped wreath dropped some learning on me! (Warning: Teacher talk is about to start) From a teacher’s perspective, I get annoyed when parents complete their children’s homework/project because I want to see what my students can do. But now here’s the other side, I want to not only see what they can do, but I also want them to be PROUD of their work, and they can’t be if it isn’t their own. Who would have thought some foam stickers would make a girl think so?
St. Patrick’s day has always been an ignored holiday in our house in terms of décor—I usually jump from winter straight into spring. People always assume I go all out for St. Patrick’s day because I’m the pastiest of white and have freckles. So, in the spirit of my wee sliver of Irish roots, I figured I had to try and get at least one shamrock or something going on.
If you couldn’t tell from my other posts, we don’t really feature loud colors or glittery accents at our house. We’re a bit more subdued and au naturel ‘round these parts. When I saw this on Etsy, I knew two things: one, that it would fit in perfectly with our style, and two, I could make that sucker on my own.
What you need:
1/4” plywood—I used leftover from my Berry T Wreath post
a print out of your shamrock –- I free styled a large version based off of a smaller print out
Spray Paint- optional
Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store
Print out your shamrock so you can trace it onto your wood OR draw a shamrock freestyle on your wood.
Power up your jigsaw and get to cutting. Be patient while cutting, as it is more difficult to cut curves rather than straight lines. Is it wrong that I always want to say “get jiggy with it” whenever I mention a jigsaw in my projects? It’s one of my absolute favorite tools!
Give it a quick sand to ensure you don’t have any shards of wood that are exposed—we don’t want any splinters.
As with my Berry T Wreath, I chose to spray paint the wood before covering it. I did not want the natural wood color showing on the edges of the shamrock, so I gave one coat of spray paint to the sides and top of the shamrock.
Trace your shamrock onto the back of your moss sheet and cut it out.
(Does anyone else think of Joey from Full House whenever they hear this phrase, or am I the only weirdo?)
Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Be prepared for a bit of a mess—moss sheds!
Now, I know that some stores carry moss that has adhesive on the back– no such luck for this girl. If you find that type of moss, I would imagine that the adhesive on the back would be sufficient to adhere to the wood, no glue gun necessary– talk about easy!