Making flower garlands with children

Girl with flower garland

Before the flowers are gone for the year, here’s something I love to do with children. Making flower garlands is a festive way to celebrate a birthday or any other happy occasion. It is a real gift as it involves your time as you work together with the child. I made this one with a child in South Korea; she picked the purple asters blooming by a mountain stream while I wove it.

If you’re ready to give it a try, here’s how to make a garland. Cut a thick stem or a willow branch long enough to fit round the child’s head. Tie the end of a reel of cotton to one end of this base stem. Lay one flower along the stem and wind the cotton two or three times around the stem as close to the flower as you can. It needs to be tight – but not so tight it cuts through the flower’s stem! Lay a second flower right against the first and wind as before. Continue winding flowers along the stem until it’s the right size for the child’s head. To finish the garland, overlap the ends and wind securely together with the cotton. This is the hardest step.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time – practice makes perfect!

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