Holiday wreaths

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

This week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix transforms construction paper into a classic holiday decoration.

Ages: age five (with assistance) and up

Materials: 9” X 12” piece of green construction paper, 4” X 4” piece of red construction paper, multi-colored construction paper scraps scissors, markers, glue stick or white glue, stapler and glitter

Instructions:

Fold a sheet of green construction paper in half lengthwise.

Open the paper up and fold in each side so that the edges rest on the middle fold line.

Open the paper up and fold it in half again like the first step.

Using the scissors, start from the fold edge and cut up and past the second fold line. Continue cutting slits ½” to 1” wide along the length of the paper.

Open up the construction paper and overlap the sides that do not have any slits on them. This will create a triangle tube. Holding the edges together, the paper moves like a slinky.

Staple the overlapping sides together on both ends of the triangular tube.

Bring both ends together to make a circle and staple them together. This creates the wreath.

Decorate the wreath with glitter and construction paper scraps made into bows, holly berries, pinecones, snowflakes, etc.

TEACHABLE MOMENTS

For those who celebrate with wreaths, this is a fairly simple one for your child to make. While creating the wreath, you can mention a bit about their history. Wreaths are commonly made from evergreens as a symbol of strength since these plants overcome even the harshest of winters. Other components of wreaths can be flowers, leaves, fruit and holly. The ancient Greeks wore wreaths as crowns of victory at the Pythian Games, the forerunner of today’s Olympic Games. In ancient Rome, women wore wreaths as a symbol of pride on special occasions such as weddings. Today, wreaths are used as Christmas decorations, symbolizing hope and renewal.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.

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