Fall Gratitude Wreath
Today was my second craft day with my daughter's 4th grade class. I had one hour and I thought that would be plenty of time for this gratitude wreath because I had everything prepped and ready to go. I had a pattern traced onto a paper plate that they could cut out to form the base of the wreath. I created templates with my Cricut that the kids could use to trace various leaf and acorn shapes onto the 4" x 4" squares of cardstock that were precut and sorted so that each child would get two of each color. I precut the yarn for the loop and the bow. All the kids needed to do was trace, cut, paste, tie a couple of knots/bows and write down of a few things that they are grateful for. Simple enough, right? Well, at the end of the hour, a few kids had their wreaths all done except for the bows and the remainder of the class was still cutting, pasting and writing. We decided that we would finish the project after lunch. Because I didn't want to intrude too much on the after lunch schedule, I grabbed a few of the mostly completed wreaths and took pictures of them in the SHOTBOX while the kids were out of the room. Then I cleaned it up and put it away.
The kids came back from lunch, finished their projects and were cleaning up when one boy said, "I thought we were going to take pictures?" I explained that we had run out of time and that I had taken a few pictures while they were at lunch (which is why none of the kids' wreaths have bows on them). I could tell that he and a few others were disappointed that they didn't get to photograph their finished projects. I hadn't realized that this would be an important part of their craft day experience but now that I know, I will be sure to schedule enough time to take pictures next month!
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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone.
Below you can see the setup inside the box. The panel that is holding my faux wood background is magnetic so I was able to use a cute, coordinating magnet to hold the wreath against the background, thus allowing the bow at the bottom of the wreath to hang in a natural position. The base color/design did not matter since I was going for a straight on, front shot that did not include the base so I just left whatever was in the SHOTBOX previously.