Moon Phase Wreath

This wreath is a nice visual representation that families can craft together for children, of how the phases work in the lunar cycle, around Earth and with the sun. 


What you'll need:

  • A wreath
  • Air dry clay in white and grey (if you don't have clay you can use wooden disks)
  • Watercolour paint and gold acrylic (optional)
  • Gold mica powder (optional)
  • Twine
  • A small and medium sized circle cookie cutter
  • Sun print block (if you don't have one you can paint the sun on a clay disk)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Florist wire (optional)

 

How to make the wreath:

  1. Roll out your white clay. Using the small cookie cutter, cut 4 circles. Keep one as your full moon. Cut one in half and for the other two move your circle cookie cutter a little to the left to create three quarter and crescent pieces. 
    Cut two of the medium sized. If you have a sun print block, imprint it into one of the circles. Put four holes through your Earth circle and two (top and bottom) through your sun circle. 
  2. Roll out some grey clay and cut 4 circles. Keep one as your new moon. Cut one in half and for the other two move your circle cookie cutter a little to the left to create three quarter and crescent pieces.
  3. Match the grey and white half moons together showing one of each colour making a full circle. You can aid their sticking by dipping your fingertip in water and running it along the middle before your gently push them together so as to not change the shape of them. Blend a little at the back and leave to dry. Repeat this with the three quarter and crescent pieces. Leave to dry.
  4. Once your clay has dried, paint your earth with water colours and your sun with water colours or gold acrylic paint. You can brush mica powder on top of the paint on your sun before it dries to stick it (optional) and provide a shimmer.
  5. Place your moon phases on your wreath before gluing to line them up evenly. With the new moon at the top and full moon at the bottom. Once you are happy with them, glue them on using a glue gun. 
  6. Put twine through the circles on your Earth and tie a knot to secure them on the clay. Tie a knot at the other end of each twine long enough to hide behind the wreath. If you need to, thread florist wire through back of the wreath and use to attach your twine securely by threading it through your twine knot and twisting the wire together a few times, then threading the ends of the wire back into the wreath.
  7. Tie two more twin pieces through each hole of your sun and tie a knot to secure onto the clay. Secure the bottom to the top of the wreath at the back with the florist wire technique. Tie a knot at the top of your sun to create a loop to hang. Cut any excess twine off.