Sunday, 27 November 2011

Homemade Advent Wreath - with natural materials

Create your own Advent Wreath with a few items gathered from a woodland walk. This is a great activity for all the family to be involved in as you prepare for Christmas, & the completed wreath offers a special way to countdown to Christmas as you mark each Sunday in Advent.


This is the first year we've made one together, but I can see it becoming a yearly tradition! To collect the greenery we set off on a family woodland walk, armed with secateurs & a good ol' Ikea bag Minnie helped search for holly, ivy & conifer trees. With supervision she learnt how to use & manipulate secateurs & managed to cut her chosen branches.



When we had a good selection we headed back.


We had soaked a block of oasis (available from most florists) in water overnight, & then cut the oasis block in half, before cutting to size & adding to an old flan dish.



Once we were happy with the shape Minnie counted & added 5 candles. Four candles represent the four Sundays in Advent & the fifth is placed in the middle to represent Christmas Day.


I stuck the initial pieces of ivy around the bottom of the dish & then Minnie decorated the rest.


I loved the concentration on her face as she created her arrangement, & that she requested to listen (& sing along) to 'Away in a Manger' while she was creating!


Creativity, design, appreciation of nature, & a range of motor skills were all explored in this activity, which Minnie was totally absorbed in. It was also a wonderful way to introduce Advent & how many Sundays were in the season leading up to Christmas Day.


The Advent Wreath now sits as a centrepiece on our kitchen table & we're lighting one new candle on each Sunday during Advent. For Minnie the most exciting part of this is of course... lighting & blowing the candles out at the end of the meal! :-)

 

4 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I love that you've used fresh foliage. I would really love for you to submit this to the Make and Takes spotlight page. We're looking for great ideas like this to showcase. (http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight)

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  2. Thanks so much Lindsey, off to add it now :)

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  3. Oh my! How very pretty! I forgot (?) you could make one with holly (I always think you need fir tree branches etc). So we just lined our candles up.. I think next year I will make a holly one. Pretty. Festive. Perfect.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  4. This is so cool! I love that you had the materials in your yard.

    I would love for you to link this up to the Holiday Hop of Goodies on my site. http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2012/11/holiday-hop-of-goodies-introducing-our.html

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