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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Foam Sticker Wreath for Kids

 

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.

Easy Wreath for Kids with Foam Stickers

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)

Kids' craft with foam stickers

Check out this cache of foam stickers.

 

- Cardboard/Thick Poster Paper

-Ribbon (optional)

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. 

That’s it.

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.

Peeling the backs off the stickers is some hard work.

Work in progress

Work in progress

I think he’s pretty proud of it, too.

 

Easy Wreath for Kids with Foam Stickers

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?

 

 

 

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Moss Covered Shamrock

 

moss covered shamrocks

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

  • Jigsaw

  • Sandpaper

  • Spray Paint- optional

  • Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store

  • Glue Gun

Step 1:

Print out your shamrock so you can trace it onto your wood OR draw a shamrock freestyle on your wood.

Step 2:

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!

moss shamrockStep 3:

Give it a quick sand to ensure you don’t have any shards of wood that are exposed—we don’t want any splinters.

Step 4:

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.

moss covered shamrock

Step 5:

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?)

moss covered shamrockStep 6:

Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Be prepared for a bit of a mess—moss sheds!

moss covered shamrock

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!

moss covered shamrocks

What moss covered crafts have you made lately?!

Ball O’ Flowers

So we’re a mere 4 days from Valentine’s Day and I am still trying to get some sort of Valentine’s display going. As someone who had no decorations, I’m happy with the few things I have set up. This year was a start (last minute at that), and I know it can only get better for next year.

While I was perusing in Michaels, I saw lots of tiny balls made out of flowers. They almost looked like kissing balls, but on a much smaller scale. They came in hot pink, red, white, multi-color glitter, and many other pastel colors. I liked the idea but not the colors, so I decided to make my own flower ball.

Here they are:flower ball

What you need:

  • Styrofoam balls—I used one 4 inch and one 3 inch, both of which I already had
  • Flower blooms of your choice—I raided the clearance section of Michaels

This was the easiest craft I’ve ever done. I am known to choose crafts that are detailed or involved, but not this time! Take that Grace and Rona  :)

Step 1:

Cut off all of the blooms from the stems. Do not cut off the harder plastic piece that joins the bloom to the stem! You can see this piece more clearly in Step 2’s photo.

Step 2:

Stick the blooms into the Styrofoam. Stick them close together so none of the Styrofoam peeks through.

flower ball

Step 3:

Continue this until you work your way all around the ball. Since my blooms were snug I had no worries they would fall out of the Styrofoam. (I’ve dropped it, tossed it into the air to test this, and those bad boys stayed put.)

flower ball

Step 4:

Admire your handiwork. These took me about 15 minutes per ball to complete.

flower ball

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