I need Advent wreath suggestions...

Angie - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I teach CCD at our parish and I want to help the children each make an Advent wreath. In the past I've printed off a coloring page that only required the children to color the flame of each candle on each Sunday in Advent. This year I want a "real" Advent wreath. I have 11 children in my class and my budget for supplies from the parish is $0.00 so this needs to be inexpensive. As in most cases the parent so my students are not really willing to help. I live in rural Wyoming so the only stores I have access to are Kmart and Walmart so I'm afraid my options are limited. Any suggestions??

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Tina - posted on 01/10/2010

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Well, it is not real, persay, but you can have each child make their own. Supplies needed: paper plate (middle cut out if kids are young), green and yellow/orange tissue paper, and pink and purple construction paper.
Give each child a paper plate. Cut the middle out and you have the base of your wreath. Have kids scrunch up small squares of green tissue paper and glue to the paper plate. Give each child three small rectangles to roll up as candles. For each week, have the children add the "flame" yellow/orange paper to each candle.

Sorry, I just realized this was really late. Maybe for next year.

Angie - posted on 11/21/2009

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I figured it out!!! I went to Dollar Tree and bought 2 15 foot green garlands, 1 package of red novelty garland (basically red pom poms strung together) and 2 packages of pipe cleaners. I cut the purple and pink pipe cleaners in half. I cut 2 red pom poms per child. I cut the green garland into 10 inch lengths. I made the green garland into a circle. I folded the pipe cleaners in half and twisted them onto the wreath. My helper (my son) and I hot glued the pom poms onto the wreath. We curled a bit of yellow pipe cleaner for the flames They are tiny and cute and the best part - they cost $4 for 11 wreaths!!!! Not bad and I have a lot of extra craft supplies for my girls to play with!!!!

Angie - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Laura:

The more I though about it I think it might be easier (and use fewer little hands)if you cut out the center of a paper plate and glue the hands to that. If you use the little plates you shouldn't use too many hands at all!!. You could also fold a piece of paper in 4s and get 4 hands at once. If you don't want to do the hands you could cut out the middle of a dinner size paper plate and wrap garland around it-then do the candles.



You are so clever.  I was thinking about making cardboard rings and painting them green - before class.  Then I was going to wrap the rings in miniature greenery and put purple and pink birthday candles into prepunched holes in the cardboard ring.

Laura - posted on 11/18/2009

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The more I though about it I think it might be easier (and use fewer little hands)if you cut out the center of a paper plate and glue the hands to that. If you use the little plates you shouldn't use too many hands at all!!. You could also fold a piece of paper in 4s and get 4 hands at once. If you don't want to do the hands you could cut out the middle of a dinner size paper plate and wrap garland around it-then do the candles.

Angie - posted on 11/16/2009

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Laura, that sounds really cute. I don't know if I'll time to cut out all those little hands for 11 students in 40 minutes..... Hmmm, maybe I'll need a helper that day.

Laura - posted on 11/16/2009

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I did a google search and found a cute idea at Catholicmoms.com (I think that's what it was). They made the "wreath" by tracing the kids hands on green paper and cut out a whole bunch of little hands, glued them together in a circle and then rolled pink and purple paper to make the candles and glued them in the wreath and then each week glued a paper "flame" atop each candle. I thought it was cute and would cost very little to make. Good luck and God Bless you for you dedication to our children!!

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