In our home we are always looking for ways to play and learn with nature. So, during the holidays you will often find our family outside foraging for craft supplies in our own backyard…well, technically in the park…but you get the idea. Today I would love to share with you how to make a lovely holiday decoration that uses very simple supplies, twigs and yarn.
Twig Christmas Ornaments
twigs or branches
long vine-like twig or branch (we used Forsythia)
festive coloured yarn (we used red)
1. Bend and twist the vine-like twig into a circle.
2. With the scissors, cut the twigs to fit the inside of the circle, enough pieces to make the inside of a peace symbol.
3. Make a ball of yarn, that is easily held in your child’s hand.
4. Knot one end of the yarn at the top of the circle, leave a tail of yarn that is a few inches long, this will eventually be part of the loop used to hang the ornament.
5. Have your child wrap the yarn around and around the circle (my daughter found wrapping the circle a challenge and she preferred wrapping the straight pieces) until they go all the way around and reach the top.
6. Knot the yarn in place and leave a tail of yarn that is a few inches long…tie the two tails together to create a loop to hang the ornament from.
7. Repeat the same knot and wrapping procedure for the other twig pieces…however for these pieces there doesn’t need to be a tail of yarn left…clip the yarn close to the knot.
8. Use the glue gun to adhere the pieces together and create the peace symbol.
We made a number of these peace signs, some with, and some without the yarn. I even made an extra large one for the centre of our wreath, that is hanging on our front door. There is something special about the holiday season that makes me reflect on the beauty and the importance of nature and the joy of peace.
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