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From: VSAUER@delphi.com Virginia B. Sauer
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CRAYON WREATH

This makes a nice gift for a teacher, and the trims could easily
be adapted to make a decoration for a child's room.


11-inch square piece of cardboard *

Newspapers

Wire

Hanger (such as metal curtain hook)

Thick white craft glue

Fabric (preferably black, since this is only for background); if
unavailable, substitute black paint

Scissors

Braid or rick rack

54 crayons, in assorted colors (preferably same brand and size)

6-inch diameter can (such as coffee can) for guide (need not
be empty), if available

1 1/2-inch yellow satin or silk ribbon (or color of your choice)

Handmade or commercial trims appropriate for a teacher (e. g.,
a small blackboard on which you have written the teacher's name
and your message, a small ruler, an apple, a book, a picture of
your child (or of all of the children in the class), et cetera


PROCEDURE:


Spread newspapers over working surface.

Cut cardboard into 10-inch circle with 8-inch diameter inner
ring.

WIRE-HOOK

Place fabric right-side-down over working surface.

Spread craft glue over one side of cardboard. Invert (glue side
down) over fabric. Cut out fabric, using cardboard as pattern.

Repeat on other side of cardboard. (To cut out the center ring,
simply work on the other side, following the outline of the
cardboard rim.)

BRAID OR RICKRACK

Place crayons on working surface. Arrange into a wreath shape,
alternating colors until you have a pleasing combination.
(Provided that you have a sufficient range of colors, many
people find it easiest to divide them into three or four groups
.. e. g., Red/Yellow/Blue/Red/Yellow/Blue/Red/Yellow/Blue for
nine crayons divided into three groups; obviously, you will have
many more crayons to apportion).

Place cardboard ring over working surface, with hanger at the
top (for the top of the wreath).

If a 6-inch diameter can is available, place it in the center of
the inner circle to serve as a guide. Otherwise, draw a 6-inch
diameter circle on a piece of paper and place the fabric-covered
cardboard ring on top, so that the paper circle is centered
inside of the cardboard circle. Use masking tape to hold in
place.

Using the can or paper circle as a guide, follow the crayon
grouping to glue the crayons around the wreath, points facing
outward ... e. g., pick up a yellow crayon, spread one side
with glue, and place, glued side down, so that the flat end is
against the can or paper circle, and the point faces outward.
Continue with remaining colors until all of the crayons have
been glued to the cardboard ring, forming spokes of a wheel.

Set aside to dry.

Tie satin ribbon into bow with long streamers. Glue to top of
wreath.

Glue trims to bottom of wreath


VARIATION: Although obviously ideal for teachers and children,
new kinds of crayons are being used by all types of
artists/crafters. Accordingly, the trims can be
adapted for the recipient in question, as with a
palette for an painter, a thimble for a seamstress,
et cetera.






Virginia B. Sauer VSAUER@Delphi.Com