Make a flower summertime wreath to celebrate midsummer -- among other things, it's a Swedish tradition!
What You'll Need:
- Bundle of dry reeds (available at a craft store)
- Large tub
- Paper towels
- Dried flowers
How to Make a Summertime Wreath:
Step 1: Place reeds in a large tub of warm water and soak them for 15 to 30 minutes to soften. Then dry the reeds with paper towels.
Step 2: Gently bend and mold the reeds to form a circle, overlapping the ends and tying them in place with twine. Also, tie the reeds together with twine at regular intervals (about four inches apart) all around the circle.
Step 3: Let the reeds dry completely. When the reeds are dry, insert the stems of dried flowers into the reeds, and secure them in place by tying pretty ribbons around the reeds and flower stems.
To prepare your own dried flowers ahead of time, pick some wildflowers and tie them together with string. To dry, hang the bouquet upside down in a dark closet for several weeks.
The sun's got plenty of rays to spare -- catch a few for yourself with the summertime decoration activity on the next page.