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- ring of cardboard (empty cereal boxes work wonderfully).
- green construction paper.
- small piece of wool.
- Optional: stapler and tape
- Trace a small plate and a large plate onto a piece of old cardboard. (My 6 year old enjoys tracing by herself. My 3 year old prefers I do this part.).
- Empty cereal boxes or frozen dinner boxes work well as a source of recycled cardboard.
- It doesn't matter if you go over the folds of the cardboard.
- Cut a small strip of cardboard and glue or tape it onto the back of the ring over any folds in the cardboard.
- This will reinforce the ring.
- Cut strips of construction paper (about 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches).
- Glue the strips into rolls (like making a paper chain).
- Glue the rolls of construction paper onto the wreath.
For the center clover decoration, cut:
- 4 strips of long paper (about 1 inch x 8 inches).
- 4 strips of medium paper (about 1 inch x 7 inches).
- 4 strips of short paper (about 1 inch x 6 inches).
Glue or tape each of the strips into rolls (you'll end up with 4 big, 4 medium and 4 small).
- Nestle a small roll inside a medium and a medium inside a large and tape, glue or staple them together (I prefer staples).
- Repeat with a second set. Now hold the two sets together, staple to staple and glue, tape or staple them (it makes a figure 8).
- Repeat with a third set and glue/staple that to the top of the figure 8 (you now have a 3 leaf clover).
Repeat one last time with the final set and glue/staple to make a four leaf clover.
- Roll a 3 inch square of construction paper as tightly as you can and glue/tape it to hold. Glue/tape it between one of the leaves of the clover as a stem.
- Take a piece of string and tape it to the wreath and to the clover so the clover hangs in the center of the wreath.
- Hang on the wall.
- We made a wreath with only one row of construction paper loops this time, but two rows looks great too! (Tasha likes single row wreaths and I prefer double -- to see an example of a double, check out the chinese new year version)