{BLOOM} Spring Wreath

Howdy all!  Well, I just couldn’t bring myself to make an Easter wreath since I could only keep it up for a couple of weeks, so I made this lovely Spring wreath!

Don’t you just LOVE the  simplicity and colors?  Okay, honestly, if you’ve been following for long you’ll know I’m a fan of simplicity especially when it comes to wreaths.

First I chose some great scrapbook paper & chipboard letters B-L-O-O-M.

I turned the paper over to the back and the letters as well.  Then I traced each letter on to the paper of my chosen pattern.

I carefully cut the letters out and then mod podged them to the chipboard letters.  You’ll see that the paper letters are slightly larger than the chipboard letters.  That’s perfect!

After the mod podge has dried… using sandpaper sand the edges in a downward motion.

You’ll end up with these lovely distressed looking letters.  Aren’t they fabulous?

Take a foam wreath and paint it the color of your burlap {or close to} just in case there is any peeking through.  Let dry.  Using hot glue and strips of burlap wrap the entire wreath in burlap. Once you are done also use hot glue to attach the letters to the wreath.

I added some fun paper flowers with button centers.  So adorable!  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this wreath!

Don’t forget to pin away!

Have a great day and Happy Spring!

Letter S – Shaving Cream Snowman

I love letter S.  So many things start with the splendid letter!  We just got TONS of snow making SNOW our key word for letter S.  We made these wonderfully PUFFY 3-D snowmen to celebrate.  3-D is all the rage, so why not add some to our art!  🙂

Mix 60ish% shaving cream (non gel kind, I prefer Barbasol) with 40ish% white glue and allow children to form 3 “blobs” on their paper. Allowing them to use their fingers adds extra squishy fun!  1 Dixie cup of the mixture per child was enough to make the example.  Let dry overnight.  It really does keep it’s “PUFFED UP” shape!  Give students markers, construction paper, pom pom balls, whatever you have around the house/classroom etc. to decorate their snowmen!  Enjoy!  Download the PDF version of the printable here.

Letter S Snowflake Graph

Snow, snow everywhere!  I just love this time of year.  I know some of you loathe snow, but being a California girl {for 25+ years}, I still find it fun to have Colorado snow in my new wonderful state!  To continue our graphing skills {money graphing, heart graphing}, this week we will be sorting snowflakes by size and then graphing our results.

I love allowing the kids to pick-up, move and manipulate the items they are graphing rather than counting items from a picture on a worksheet.  I always attempt to use REAL things they can touch to make it mean more.  You can get the snowflake graph here.