KID-MADE DIY WINTER WOODEN BEAD WREATH


To contrast the snow, we wanted to make a bright winter wreath! Find out how to make this simple yet stunning holiday decoration with the kids.

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Plate & bowl
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Pencil/eraser
  • Wooden beads

Painting Supplies

  • Craft tray

We showed two potential methods for painting your beads:

Method #1

  • Floral foam
  • BBQ skewers (with the sharp end cut off by an adult)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint

Method #2

  • Plastic containers
  • Liquid watercolours
  • Water (*Optional if you want to dilute your watercolours)

We always find a smock helpful too:

Directions

  • Don your smock. Paint your beads so that they can dry overnight. Here are two ideas we used:

Method #1

  • Dilute your watercolour paint with a bit of water. Place your wooden beads in your paint and swirl the container about.
  • Pick out your beads and allow them to dry on your craft tray. If they are quite saturated, you may want to line your tray with a paper towel to absorb some of the extra paint.

(As you can see our daughter has claimed the purple beads for another project!)

Method #2

  • Stick your BBQ skewers into your floral foam and lace on your beads. Holding the tip of the BBQ skewer, paint your beads. On some of them our daughter went with mixing blues and on others she went with solid colors. Allow to dry overnight.

Wreath Base

  • Trace around your plate on your piece of cardboard to form the outer circle of your wreath. Trace around the bowl in the centre to form the interior circle. Cut out your wreath. We recommend a good pair of scissors and perhaps a bit of help, as cutting cardboard can be tricky! It is always easier to cut out the inside after carefully making a hole in the middle!

Putting it All Together

  • Carefully glue your beads onto your wreath. We rotated them so that the hole wasn’t visible and added in some unpainted beads as well.

  • Gently pull off all your glue spider webs and hang up your wreath for winter!

Purpose

  • Celebrating various holidays and becoming familiar with their symbols.
  • Developing one’s fine motor skills (cutting and painting different materials).

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct adult supervision and/or guidance.
  • Beads can be a choking hazard therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.

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