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Cotton Pussy Willows

Cotton Pussy Willows
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 5y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Stephanie Sims
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Pussy Willows are one of the first signs of spring. Since we don't have a blooming tree nearby, we made some of our own!

How We Did It

Cotton Pussy Willows
If you don't have decorative paper, by all means, make your own designer paper! Madeleine chose her 'vase' paper first, then chose a complimentary color of construction paper.
Cotton Pussy Willows
First we had to make the catkins! We chose to make our own, but you could snip the ends off cotton swabs if you like. Maddie pulled the cotton balls into two or three pieces, depending upon how large the ball was.
Cotton Pussy Willows
She dipped one section into water, then rolled it into a small ball,
Cotton Pussy Willows
then rolled it back and forth between two fingers to make a pointed oval shape. They were set aside to dry as each was made.
Cotton Pussy Willows
When they were dry, we put a bit of glue onto the bottom of the cotton,
Cotton Pussy Willows
and then pasted them onto thin twigs that we had collected outside.
Cotton Pussy Willows
I asked Madeleine what kind of vase she wanted to make, "A heart!" Of course she wanted a heart! "Do you want to make a template for the shape, or do you want to just draw one?" "A template!" And so she drew and cut out a template from scratch paper,
Cotton Pussy Willows
then traced it onto her 'vase',
Cotton Pussy Willows
and cut that out, too.
Cotton Pussy Willows

She put glue around the bottom half of the heart, and, angling so that the top and middle were up off the bottom paper, leaving a pocket, pasted the heart down.

Cotton Pussy Willows

All that's left to do is to arrange the now-dry willow branches!

Cotton Pussy Willows
So, so pretty! A bit of spring, just for us.

Keywords

spring

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