Arts-n-Crafts
 ::  Group General Men Women Alzheimer Low Function
Brown Bag Wreaths
Description : -To use fine motor skills to create seasonal wreaths by Rebecca Powell.
Materials :

  • Brown paper bags (large kind, like you get at the grocery store)
  • Decorative items (fall leaves, spring flowers, seasonal decorations, ribbons, fake berries etc)
  • Glue gun (with glue sticks)
  • Scissors
  • Instructions :

    To prepare a bag: Cut a line down one of the sides (not the front or back). Then cut out the bottom (you will not be using this part, so you can toss it). Once you have done that, you are ready to make a wreath. You hold one corner of the bag, a resident holds the other. Simultaneously, start to twist the bag. One person twists in one direction, the other in the opposite direction. Keep doing this until the bag resembles a “rope” or has the look of “twine”. Now you can connect the ends, to make a circle, or wreath. Hot glue the ends together; let dry. (You may want to tie ribbon around it just as added reinforcement). Once dry, let the residents decorate their wreath. For lower functioning residents you can let them place objects (such as decorative leaves) after you arrange glue spots. Let the residents decorate their doors, or display the wreaths on a bulletin board. Make sure you keep an eye on the glue gun(s). Even high functioning residents need close supervision when using the glue gun. (Regular Elmer’s glue usually doesn’t hold well).

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