Monday 13 December 2010

Children's Crafts and Wreath Party Round-Up

We had such a lovely weekend getting everything ready for Christmas. Whenever we have the Decorating Weekend each year, I try and think up crafts for the children beforehand so they can feel involved while we get on with decorating round them.

{There's nothing quite like *another* bauble casualty to put a dampener on my festive cheer...}

This is what my second eldest made. I loved it so much that I thought I'd show you. It's easy-peasy but takes a good chunk of time to do.

{Perfect for a children's craft in my book.}

I gave her a bowl and sent her into the winter wilds of our  garden to find some firm red berries. Then she carefully threaded the berries onto some wire.

When enough were threaded, we twisted the ends of the wire together, squeezed it all into a heart shape and added a pretty ribbon.

Obviously, the person doing this has to be responsible enough to know not to eat the berries but this was a great craft and only needed very minimal supervision.

I'm linking to Holly at Homebody's Thifty Gifty Party. Thank you all so much for linking up all your gorgeous wreaths at my Wreath Party last Friday.

{Well, it started on Friday but turned into a Weekender Bender...}

 I've picked some out especially for you to feast your eyes on....

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Gorgeous, eh? Aren't they beautiful?


I just love the versatility of wreaths.

So, what's coming next time? Well, I have this to show you:

Meet Mister Santa, my most ambitious project yet....


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Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Yay! Thanks for featuring my wreath! So fun! I loooooooove the little berry heart! amazing! Wonderful! I don't have any little berries left in my garden, but I wonder if maybe some cranberries would work... I'm on it!

Unknown said...

Glad you like the wreath (you inspired!) - and thanks for featuring it in your post. It was lots of fun, and I can't wait for term to finally end, and get the glitter and glue out with my youngest two! The berry heart is so sweet.x

michelle said...

What a cute wreath your little one made! How fun and a great idea! Loved all the wreaths you featured and I can't to see your adorable little Santa and how you made it!!

Brandi said...

Thank-you kindly for the feature Sarah! What a pleasant surprise to wake up to this morning! I just picked a bunch of similar wild berries from my yard this weekend. They are currently sitting amongst some pine cones in bowl. I would love to try your heart ornament with some of them. That's very thoughtful of you to get the children involved!!! Happy Holidays Friend!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

That berry heart is beautiful! What a sweet idea. Love the ribbon, too.

Samantha said...

Aww, thanks for featuring my copycat wreath! I love the sweet little heart, adorable!

Luciane at said...

Good Morning, Sarah!

I'm so glad to be back to your blog. I had a very busy weekend, but I'm back now. :-)

This is so cute! My kids love hearts... I should try doing it with them because we have berries in our garden. This is adorable!

By the way, I hope you like my 1st Christmas post today. I think it has many interesting ideas. Let me know what you think.


Luciane at

Lee Weber said...

Sarah- the wreaths look amazing!. I still haven't done mine yet- guess I'd better get cracking!

inmykitchen said...

The berry heart is lovely. I bought one last year made from dried cranberries I liked it so much it now has a permanent home in my kitchen.

What a wonderful array of wreaths I must have a go.


Anonymous said...

What a darling wreath! Wow, that's a lot of berries! You are going to have some hungry birds :)Looks like you and the kids had a fun weekend getting ready for Christmas.

Thanks so much for the spotlight on my wreath! It was fun to join your very 1st linky party! So many beautiful choices. I will have to go look at some more.

I'm curious to see how you made "Santa". Cute!

Hope you're off to a good week!


Kim said...

What pretty wreaths. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Tricia said...

What a cute little heart! We don't have any berries around, maybe we could try it with beads. Love all the lovely wreaths. I can't wait to see more about your Santa :)

Olive said...

Sarah, the little berry heart is adorable and the wreaths are amazing.

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

so cute!! Love them! Hugs, Rachel ;)

*French Farmhouse 425*

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your daughter did a wonderful job on the pretty little berry wreath!!! I can't wait for my kiddo to be out of school next week so we can start crafting together!

Unknown said...

It's a great idea to involve children in crafting.
The wreaths that you posted are beautiful

Magali said...

I love the berry heart (I'm in everything-heart-shaped-mood right now!). It might be a project for next week... I don't have children but I love doing craft myself!!!
I tried to had a "follow me" button on the blog, under a picture of a Victorian letter box... Hopefully it will work...
Lots of Christmasy thoughts...
Magali from the Little White House

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh that berry heart is molto magnifico (as they might say in Italy). I loved looking at those wreaths as well. I'm very sad that I couldn't join in the wreathy linky party but I will be doing a wreath post myself hopefully - watch this space. WEll not this space but you know what I mean! Bye bye.

Holly said...

Thanks so much for featuring my wreath!
Your daughter did a great job on the cute berry heart!

Leah - The Inside Story said...

What a great idea, that berry wreath your daughter made, I just love it, so simple and gorgeous, I wish I had some berries to give it a go, and those wreaths, everyone of them beautiful!!!

GoldenValley50 said...

Hi Sarah - Thanks so much for featuring all these incredible wreaths + your daughter's gorgeous berry heart. It is Berry Beautiful! Thank you also for introducing me to a whole heap of new and inspiring blogs! I have already popped in for a visit to Belinda and Michelle this morning and congratulated them on their wonderful creations! (Jute webbing! - who would have thought??) Update on my (long suffering!) wreath - Base....(tick) OMG the "mock orange" stems turned out to be a disaster - kept snapping. Ended up with some more co-operative Ixora stems and bound them with strips of palms fronds. How's that for a real taste of the Tropics! HOPEFULLY will have it finished this week!!!???? But hey, it's going to hang all year so what's the rush.... ;)Sharyne

Vanessa said...

Hey sweet Sarah! What a good mama you are getting things set up for the kids to do while you decorate. :-) This is such a cute idea and I just love how sweetly simple it is! Those wreaths are gorgeous and I want to link mine up too but I didn't actually make it...I only added to it! Does that still count? :-)

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Oh no!!!!!! I'm too late for your wreath party..... noooooooo!

I'll blame it on my in-laws who were staying with me for 3 weeks. Torture! Ooops, I mean it was a lovely visit.

Thank you for the invite and hopefully I'll be on time for the next one.

P.S. That little heart wreath is adorable!!!

franca said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and thanks for the suggestion of the translator with Google. I'll try, but I'm not very familiar with Internet.
Beautiful wreaths!

Jenni said...

Hi Sarah!

I just love that sweet little heart ornament your daughter made! She did a beautiful job on it. :)

I am SO sorry I missed your Wreath Week last week, and your link party! There has been so much sickness in our house, and last week I didn't end up doing a lot of blogging! But I am going to catch up tonight on all of your posts! The wreaths that were linked up that you featured are all gorgeous!

I hope you are having a good week so far! We are off to Christmas shop as a family now! I'm just hoping it isn't too crowded! :)


Holly Lefevre said...

I adore that project. The berry heart is sheer perfection. I am so sorry I did not link wreath is half made - life has gotten in the way of getting anything done - I finished decorating the tree at 1 am on Sunday and I must unexpectedly leave town this Sunday. These wreaths are all amazing.I hope mine is done before Christmas. Oh how I hate to miss a party!

Simple Home said...

Your daughter's little heart wreath is adorable :-) When I was reading your post, I read the part about "perfect for a childrens craft in my book" and I thought, oh wow, she's writing a book, how wonderful! I know, I read it a little too quickly, but I think a craft book would be right up your alley :-)

Anonymous said...

Love the wreaths, but i love the little berry heart also alot! and yeahh it works! you can post commands again, don't now why it didn't work.

Erin said...

SHH!!! He doesn't know I am cheating, I can't make it, I am missing too much!!!! Love the berry wreath!!

*Susycottage* said...

O My God! You live in the Cotswolds!
It 's the most beautiful place in the world!
We come every year and when they are
I'm home. If you scroll through my blog you'll see it.
Your blog is beautiful, congratulations
A hug Susy

LindyLouMac said...

Have a fabulous Christmas Sarah, I look forward to continuing to follow you in 2011.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Wow so much talent out there!!!
Beautiful wreaths everybody!!!

Brenda Pruitt said...

She had to have been very patient to have put that together. Tell her I said that it's quite lovely!

franca said...

Thanks you!!!! You gave me a great idea!

Unknown said...

That berry heart is gorgeous! Your daughter must take the crafting talent from her mum! :)

Cidinha said...

I love it! very fabulous!


Claire Potter said...

Yes, he's nice.

René said...

Full of inspiration! I will have to save this post for next year. The tiny heart wreath is adorable.


Le said...

I still love your daughter's the best :) a wonderful heart indeed - best le

Sandy Ang said...

How very clever to string up a berry wreath! Just love it.

Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel

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