Crafting a new wreath for the front door has become something of a tradition for Immy and I, and this year we made it a full family affair with even AJ helping out! This project uses the simplest of materials – popsticks/craft sticks and glue – and a technique that I shared in my book, Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children.
Family Made Popstick Wreath
You will need:
- Popsticks/craft sticks
- White craft glue (PVA), pot for glue and brush
- A piece of thick box cardboard
- Non-stick baking/waxed paper
- Child friendly acrylic paint (or watercolour paint), paint pot and brush
- Ribbon for hanging
1. Prepare a guide for your wreath’s construction by covering a large square of box cardboard with baking/waxed paper and drawing an outline of your wreath. I traced around a large serving platter to make the outer circle and a soup bowl for the inner circle.
2. Let your child (or children) glue the popsticks together in any arrangement, staying within the guidelines for your wreath. Remind them to brush on plenty of glue wherever two sticks meet so that the completed wreath is nice and strong.
Once the wreath shape is completely covered set aside to dry.
3. Paint your dried popstick wreath with your choice of base colour. We chose silver to tie in with our overall Christmas brights colour theme. You can also use watercolour paints for a different effect as shown on the Ice-Pop Stick Snowflakes shared in Time to Create (see below).
Set aside until paint is dry.
4. Dab on glue and sprinkle on lots of bright, sparkly glitter in your choice of festive colours. Set aside until the glue is dry.
5. Thread ribbon through an opening at the top of your wreath and tie off for hanging.
Be sure to check out my book Time to Create as a gift idea for those who are interested in creating art with young children.
What have you been making with your children in the lead up to Christmas?