a winter forest garland (young child craft how-to)

Friday, December 10, 2010 – Filed under: arts and crafts ::

With the leafy trees around here bare naked, it is the evergreens whose beauty we most admire these days. Through the icy cold Ottawa winter, they stand full and strong, a beautiful, refreshing green in a sea of white snow.

This craft just sort of came together. I humbly admit I had no big plans for this, and didn’t even put together the supplies ahead of time. It was all initiated by my daughter, and it was she who put it together in the end.  Those are perhaps teh most beautiful crafts in the end, aren’t they?

She found a wooden tree shape in a drawer and decided she wanted lots and lots of trees. So we found some cardboard, and cut some more trees out. Then she started to paint, using her watercolors to give each tree a different hue.

Some of the cardboard we used took the color less well, so she glued on some white wool “snow”.

Then I poked small holes in the top of each tree with my awl (that was a mommy job).

The best string we could find was for large Waldorf doll-making, so we used that.  Using a rather large, blunt-ish needle, my daughter threaded the string, and sewed each tree onto the garland string, tying knots along the way.

And now we have a little winter forest in our (hibernation) house!

4 Responses to “a winter forest garland (young child craft how-to)”

  1. Andria Says:

    That is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. karen Says:

    how pretty and isnt it the best when they come up with their own wonderful craft ideas:)
    I have a cardboard box that just started looking a whole lot like a tree banner to me:)
    tell your daught I said thanks for the wonderful idea!

  3. Kimberly Says:

    It's beautiful! I really like the soft colors.

  4. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} Says:

    What a lovely idea and my daughter would go crazy for this as she is always rummaging through my stash of cardboard boxes and hacking them up into little crafty projects *grin*. Have a wonderful weekend :)