Happy Solstice everyone! It's so nice to think that this is the shortest day and from here on into summer our daylight hours will get longer. Yea for the sun! Yea for light conquering darkness! Go here for some ideas on how to celebrate the Solstice. The Shortest Day explains all about the winter solstice, its history and astronomical information, in a pleasing kid friendly tone. It also has some solstice activities that kids can do in the last few pages.
Today's activity is a miniature wool wreath using felted wool sweaters. If you don't have any felted wool sweaters on hand then try regular felt but you will need more squares to fill the wreath up. I used 53 squares but how many you use will depend heavily on the thickness of the sweaters and how tightly you pack them onto the wreath. I made a little flower for mine using three circles of felt in different sizes and finished with a button in the center. I think they look great with or without a flower but I'll leave that up to you. The finished wreath is about 4 1/2" in diameter.
Activity: Miniature Felted Wool Wreaths
•felted wool sweaters cut into 1" squares
•floral wire size 18, plain or cloth-covered
•needle nose pliers
•ruler to cut 1" squares
•optional rotary cutter makes cutting the wool easier
•a round object about 2 1/2" in diameter to form the wire around
Step 1: take your wire and starting in the center, wrap it around your round object; create a hook like the one pictured above
Step 2: snip off the long ends of the wire
Step 3: make a hook with the other end of the wire; first hook should be vertical to be used for hanging later, the second hook should be perpendicular to the first one
Step 4: open up the hook you just made and begin stringing on wool squares; pierce the center of the square with sharp scissors to make a hole for the wire to go through
Step 5: string wool squares onto the wire until it is full then hook closed
Optional Step 6: get creative and make a decoration for your wreath if you would like
Woohoo, look what you did!