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Scented Wreath Craft for Kids

My blogging pals and I are back for Day Two of Christmas Play Days. I’m joining forces with Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day, Shaunna of Fantastic Fun and Learning, Jessica of Play Trains!, Chelsey of Buggy and Buddy, and Rachael of Nothing if Not Intentional to bring you enough Christmas-themed fun and learning to carry you through the holiday season.

Scented Wreath Craft for Kids

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If you’re just joining us, I shared a simple Christmas sensory bin on day one. Today I’d like to show you the beautiful wreaths that the kids and I made recently. We used naturally scented materials (cinnamon bark and star anise) and acorns, which my son and I have gathered at various parks around town.

These wreaths have a subtle scent and make nice keepsakes. We used 8 inch (I think? Let me measure them and get back to you on that! 😉 ) grapevine wreaths so they are small enough to fit on the Christmas tree as ornaments but also hold their own on a wall, mantle, or windowsill.

Scented Wreath Craft for Kids from My Nearest and Dearest blog. A beautiful Christmas keepsake made using natural materials.

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Our lovely raw materials (below). I always have an assortment of nature finds (acorns, rocks, pinecones, shells, etc.) accessible to the kids. They make great little loose parts to use in pretend play (as food for farm animals for example), as building materials, or simply just to fiddle with. You can see my son using cinnamon bark and acorns with playdough in my Pomegranate Playdough post.

Star Anise, acorns, cinnamon bark. For sensory play and crafting. My Nearest and Dearest blog.

I have to admit that the process of making our wreaths was a bit of trial and error. Essentially, this is what we did:

  1. Coat wreaths in Mod Podge (we did this using paint brushes). Clear glue would also work fine.
  2. Apply glitter. I had the kids place their wreaths sticky side down in a small box that I’d sprinkled some glitter into. Then they rubbed the wreaths around in the glitter. I had them try this method in an attempt to keep them from dumping glitter everywhere. In the end though I transferred the wreaths to a big shallow box and let them go at it.
  3. Add cinnamon bark, star anise, and acorns. I would recommend using a glue gun for this step because of the uneven surface of the wreaths. We used a low temperature glue gun and I allowed the kids to give it a try themselves (with me sitting right beside them, of course!).
  4. Add more glitter if desired and allow the wreaths to sit so that the Mod Podge and glue can dry.

Scented wreath ornaments. Christmas kids craft from My Nearest and Dearest blog.

 

Beautiful kid-made wreath ornament made with natural materials. My Nearest and Dearest blog.

They’re awfully pretty if I do say so myself. :)

Scented wreath ornament Christmas craft for kids. These make a beautiful decoration and a keepsake. My Nearest and Dearest blog.

Now, please visit my friends’ blogs to see the creative activities they’ve shared today. I’m already planning to try some of the stellar ideas that they shared for day one of this series.

Pom Pom Painted Christmas Trees by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Holiday Breakfast Train by Play Trains!

Toddler Christmas Activity: Decorate the Christmas Trees by Buggy and Buddy

Christmas Discovery Boxes–Play Idea for Babies and Toddlers by Nothing if Not Intentional
Fine Motor Christmas Trees by Fun-A-Day!

Thanks for reading,

-Ann

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