Wreath Made of Photos
Saying goodbye to friends is hard
For a 9-year-old saying goodbye to her best friend who lives next door and is moving across the country, it is even harder. How do you help a 9-year-old hold on to the memories and let go at the same time?
As the months and weeks got closer to my daughter’s best friend moving away I tried to think of something they could both have to remind them of each other. Sure, they had matching beanie babies and even a dress they had their picture taken in but I wanted something meaningful they could look at on their wall to bring back the memories.
We had nights when she couldn’t sleep dreading the move when it was still weeks away. I needed something for her now, before the move.
Wreath made of photos
Naturally, I had a lot of photos of the girls together. I also have an Etsy shop that sells wreaths so a wreath made of photos made perfect sense.
They could each hang their wreath made of photos on their door filled with pictures of the two of them and look at it and remember all their adventures.
There are lots of great reasons to make a wreath made of photos. It is not just for children.
- Birthday Celebrations. Put a huge number in the middle of the wreath and then pictures around the outside.
- Graduation. Display pictures of the graduate as they grew up.
- Memorial Wreath. It can be helpful during times of loss to look at the pictures of your loved one as you lovingly make something in their honor. Then you have a beautiful memorial to them.
- Simply a different way of displaying photos of your family.
Making a Wreath Made of Photos for Young Girls
Very little adult assistance is needed for this project. I helped with the hot glue, otherwise, I let them have it.
- Start with a 12″ Styrofoam wreath base. Make sure it is smooth all around so the ribbon covers it nicely.
- Have the girls choose a wide satin ribbon of their choice to cover the wreath.
- You can either secure this with hot glue at the beginning, middle, end or use small push pins since it is a Styrofoam wreath base.
- Now the girls choose the pictures they want. Let them have fun cutting them different sizes with decorative scissors and placing them wherever they want.
- If desired, finish it off with some embellishments or stickers, if the girls can find some room!
In the end, the wreaths turned out fantastic. It was a simple craft the girls could do on their own for the most part. They had a fun time looking through the pictures together and now had a keepsake. My daughter still has the wreath made of photos on her bedroom door three years later. We look at the pictures and fondly remember her best friend from next door who we now see via Snapchat.