Monday, December 9, 2013

Peace Christmas Wreath {Random Crafts of Kindness}

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When I first heard of this sponsored opportunity to work with to do a random craft of kindness for someone, I knew exactly who Bear and I could make something for.  We had a wonderful lady at our church named Joanie who was such a blessing in Bear's life.  Joanie handed out cookies after worship service, taught Sunday School, and served our church in so many other ways.  Bear looked forward to seeing  her in the office when I dropped him off at preschool on Mondays.  Joanie always seemed to get such a kick out of Bear and he just loved to make her smile.  So I thought that we could make a pretty Christmas wreath for her.

Notice I said all of that in past tense?  As we were in mid-process of making the wreath, sweet Joanie passed away, leaving a hole in our church family.  Bear is 5 years old and is remarkably accepting of all of this, with no questions.  Based on what we've spoke of before, he understands that we are given perfectly functioning bodies in Heaven.  While, the sadness of Joanie's passing, could be registered on his face, his first comment was, "Well, at least she gets to meet Jesus and doesn't need her wheelchair anymore."  Oh, the simple and deep faith of childhood... 
So what to do with the wreath?  We'll instead be giving it to one of Joanie's friends who works at our church.  Funny enough, we had thought the "Peace" message of the wreath would be a great way to tie into the whole "sleep in heavenly peace" part of Silent Night.  Turns out, the message of peace the wreath shares means much, much more than that. 
Now, that I'm a little teary, I should probably share how we made this lovely wreath.... We got all of the supplies below from for less than $20.
What we used
styrofoam wreath form
burlap ribbon
wooden peace sign
wooden stars
floral bead sprays
silver permanent marker
silver glitter glue
hot glue gun
craft glue

How we made it
Bear colored the peace sign and some of the wooden stars using a silver permanent marker. 
We painted the Styrofoam wreath form tan to prevent any of the white from showing through from underneath the burlap ribbon. 
Then came the wrapping of the Styrofoam wreath form.  {Sorry I didn't get any pictures of this, it's a two-handed job}.  To keep the end piece of burlap attached to the wreath form, I hot-glued it.  I wrapped it tightly while Bear handed me the bundle of wrap through the hoop over and over and over. 
The felt flowers were a momma craft.  I made them using a spiral cut.  As I rolled them, I kept a line of craft glue going so that they wouldn't come apart on me.  After all of the felt flowers had dried, we were able to arrange them.  Before they were hot glued down, I wedged the bead sprays underneath a piece of burlap and hot glued them in place.
The final product
I'm really happy with how it turned out and I hope that our new recipient loves it just as much as Joanie would have.  Sending prayers for all of you who are hurting and struggling for peace.

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Gina said...

Oh Andie, that is such a beautiful wreath! I love that Bear helped you make it. I'm sorry you were unable to give it to your sweet friend Joanie, but I know she has to be smiling down from heaven, looking at that pretty wreath. I'm sure your new friend will love it!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

(Hugs) this is a beautiful wreath, and I am sure Joanie's friend will love it!

totschooltotallyawesome said...

It is so beautiful! ((Hugs))

Alexis Middleton said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of your friend. It is a lovely wreath, and a great reminder of the peace that comes through faith.

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