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Here is an inexpensive way to make great advent wreaths

Subject:

Art  

Grades:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8  

Title – Advent Wreath
By – Paula Hrbacek
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Other
Grade Level – Grades 4-8

Media:

      Wood, textiles, wire

Supplies:

  • 6-inch square of 1-inch pine (ask for broken boards at a karate demonstration)
  • fake pine (clip twigs from an old Christmas tree. A rummage sale may donate one to you after the sale is over)
  • purple decorations ( if you live in the South, ask a student to go to a Mardi Gras parade and get some beads for you. Ribbon can sometimes be salvaged from your church’s altar flowers.)
  • Plastic soda bottle caps (put a collection bin at the concession stand)
  • ½-inch flat head screws
  • hand drills
  • sand paper
  • screw drivers
  • rulers
  • pencils

    If you do not have hand drills, an adult will have to drill the holes in the caps and the pilot holes in the wood ahead of time. Power tools should not be used by students. Hand drills are sometimes found on pocket knives, and in ink jet refill kits.

Introduction:

    The Advent Wreath contains several Christian symbols. A symbol is a picture or object that has an assigned meaning. The circle is a symbol of God’s love because it has no beginning and no end. Pine is a symbol of God’s love because it is always green, and does not die during the winter, or hard times. Purple is the color of royalty, and Christ is the king of kings. A candle is a symbol of hope. There are four candles, one for each week in Advent. As we light the candles, our hope grows.

Instructions:

      For large classes, this activity works best with a work station method. Set up four areas; one for sanding, one for drilling, one for screws, and one for making and decorating the wreath. The students will begin the cycle at whatever station they sit in when they arrive. Some will begin making the wreath first; some will make the stand first. They will rotate from station to station until they have completed all the steps.
      Sand the edges of the wood until it is as smooth as your face. Write your name on the back of the wood. Use a ruler, and measure one inch in from each corner. Drill a pilot hole at these four marks, about ¼ inch deep. Drill a hole in the center of each cap. Use a screwdriver and a screw to attach the caps to the wood to make candle holders.
    Use the fake pine like giant pipe cleaners, and make a circle that will fit around the four caps. Decorate the wreath with purple bows or beads, as you like.

Assessment:

    Each step counts for one letter grade; sanding the wood until smooth, assembling the stand, making a wreath, decorating the wreath.

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