I am so thrilled to be sharing this adorable wreath craft from Mary Alice of Brainy Beginnings Network. If you haven’t already found her site…wow – her insanely creative activities and ideas are going to knock your socks off! You can follow Mary Alice and Brainy Beginnings Network on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
Are you looking for something festive, fun and a bit different this holiday season? How about this Festive Fox Wreath? These little foxes are all snuggled up together being super happy! They have little scarves, hats and even have bells!
Shake! Shake! Shake!
To make this wreath we used salt dough! Salt dough is an extremely versatile medium for crafting. It is inexpensive, easy and environmentally friendly! That makes salt dough a win in our house! Let’s get started!
- Salt dough (recipe below)
- Red paint
- Paint brushes
- Half cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Black Sharpie
- Pack of white felt
- Pom Pom ribbon
- Rolling pin
- Woodland Animal Fox cookie cutter
- Silver bells
- Glitter pens
- Hot glue/gun
Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Make the salt dough. Pour 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of warm water into a bowl. Mix until ingredients are well combined. You are looking for a playdough-like consistency. It should not stick to your hands. Slowly add more flour or water to reach desired consistency.
Roll out the salt dough on parchment paper to about 1.5 cm thick. Use fox cookie cutter to cut out 13 foxes.
Lay the foxes around in a circle, overlapping tails. Be sure to leave a space in between each of the foxes’ necks to weave the scarf ribbon through later. Adjust to form a circle. Gently press tails down to form a bond between pieces. Bake in a preheated oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4 hours. The dough will be hard when ready. Do not bake on a higher temperature as it will cause the dough to puff.
After the dough is finished baking and completely cooled, paint. We choose red because we love red foxes and it’s so festive for Christmas! When the paint dries, use a glitter pen (or make a slurry of Mod Podge and glitter) to define the tails, ears and fox whiskers. We used Mod Podge and Glitter here. It will be white until it dries. Once it dries, it will be simply sparkly! Draw around each of the sparkly bits with a black sharpie. Draw dots for eyes and a little triangle for the nose.
Make little hats. (Or buy some like these.) To make the hats, use white felt. Cut a triangle shape about 4 inches at the base and 3.5 inches tall. Hot glue the triangle closed, adding a bell to the tip. Fold over the base to form the brim of the hat. Bend the hat over and glue it down.
Weave the pom pom scarf around the neck. Go back through a second time, alternately, to cover the fox necks completely. Glue down the ends on the backside of the wreath. Glue the hats on at an angle over one ear.
Step back and admire your work!
Can’t get enough of the festive fun?? This post is actually part of a larger effort of a group of us makers from around the globe! We teamed up with 15 of our favs for a new thing we like to call a Holly Jolly Craftmas – today we’re ALL sharing some super fun activities and crafts you can make with the kiddos this December. To ride the Craftmas train, hop on over to The Harmony Tree House, where the amazing Heidi has shared my DIY for a modern layered-pattern winter garland and winter forest pattern plates for toddlers!
You can also visit us all on instagram to get in ‘the loop’ for all of the other amazing crafty projects being unwrapped this Craftmas day!
The crafting extraordinaires participating:
Laura and Tia from @littlebuttondiaries
Shelly from @creatingcreatives
Sian from @teach.investigate.play
Cara from @raising.kinley
Sara from @toddler_tornado
Susie from @handywithscissors
Shannon from @ohcreativeday
Melissa from @momma_teaching
Lisa from @theartgardenblog
Bonnie from @make_it_your_own
Arielle from @artcampla
Gemma from @hobbycrafthq
Heidi from @the_harmony_tree_house
Mary Alice from @brainy_beginnings_network
And me… 🙂 Amanda from @barleyandbirch
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