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Sweet Wreaths for St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 13, 2013

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, the Hooligans and I have been crafting up some festive green wreaths and colourful rainbows, using one of our favourite craft materials: tissue paper.

Re-using tissue paper in the craft room is a great way to give it a second life. I love it because it's versatile, colourful and inexpensive. The Hooligans love crafting with it because they get to scrunch and crumple, which makes for a wonderful sensory experience.

For your festive green wreath, you'll need: 

  • several shades of green tissue paper
  • gold-covered chocolate coins
  • a paper plate
  • curling ribbon (we used green, gold and white)
  • white glue
  • low temp glue gun

To prepare this craft, I cut the centre out of a paper plate, and then cut the tissue paper into squares that measure approx. 2.5" x 2.5".Then this little Hooligan crumpled up her tissue paper squares and glued them to her wreath. Once the wreath was well-covered, she added the embellishments!With a low temperature glue gun, she glued the gold coins all around the wreath.We've been using low temp glue guns here for several weeks now, and the children are doing really well with them. These glue guns don't get as hot as regular glue guns do, making them ideal for little hands to work with. If you feel that your child isn't ready to use a glue gun, you can help with this step, or do it yourself. If you'd like your child to give it a try, simply keep a bowl of cold water nearby in case he or she needs to dip a finger into it to it.

For the finishing touch, have your child staple a cluster of green and gold curling ribbon to the bottom of the wreath.For your rainbow wreath, you'll need:

  • 1/2 paper plate
  • tissue paper in rainbow colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
  • cotton balls
  • white glue
  • markers in rainbow colours (optional)

To prepare your rainbows, cut a paper plate in half, then cut a small semi-circle out of the bottom of the semi-circle.Cut the tissue paper into 2.5 inch squares.Because the Hooligans are quite young, I used markers to draw a rainbow on each paper plate. This served as a colour guide for the children to follow.Starting with red on the outside, the boys crumpled their squares of tissue paper and glued them along the lines on their plates until their rainbows were filled in.

They finished up by stretching and fluffing up some cotton balls, and gluing one to each end of their rainbow.To display your rainbows, simply tape them to a window, and enjoy the happy splash of colour that they'll provide against the winter backdrop.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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