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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

An improvised day 6...we made wreaths instead

This morning our Countdown to Christmas match box said we were going to go see Santa but the girls decided they didn't need to go since we just saw Santa at the Northpole the other day. Instead we stayed home and made wreaths!

We painted some egg cartons red the other day. I wasn't sure what exactly we were going to do with them but we put them to use today.




Today we covered a straw wreath I got at a thrift store with green crepe paper streamers and secured the ends in place with a touch of hot glue.

Next we glued on three clusters of three red painted egg cartons (thinking they looked something like poinsettias). Then we glued a sparkly golden pom pom to the centre of the egg carton.


Next we glued various sized and shades of green pom poms over the remaining wreath surface. We added a couple sparkly green ones and a couple sparkly red ones to be holly berries.

I think it turned out quite cute. We hung it with a Santa at first resting in the middle then changed it to an elf my mom made a couple years ago.

The girls wanted to make more wreathes so we made paper plate wreaths by wrapping crepe paper streamers around a paper plate which had the centre cut out of it.


 Then the girls glued on various collage items like crumpled tissue paper pieces, pom poms and sequins. We added a bow and they were ready to hang.




Since we had a collection of wreaths already on our tree I decided to brighten up a blank wall and put all the wreaths on display together.

The blue wreath Sierra made today too. She wrapped a grapevine wreath with blue tinsel then glued on the extra egg carton pieces, added her pom poms and a ribbon bow. I think it turned out very cute :)

The other wreaths were all made in past years. One was made by stringing buttons onto a pipe cleaner, one was made by painting empty wooden thread spools green and string them alternating with  red bead. There is also a rice wreath. It was made by mixing rice with glue, glitter and green food colouring. Mushing it all together and forming it into a wreath shape.

So no Santa for us today but we sure were busy!

And our Elf on the Shelf...he hasn't been on a shelf much. Last night he must have taken his friend to the North Pole with him as when we awoke we found them having a nice HUG on the Christmas tree.