While it is still cold outside, it is never too early to think about spring and work on AHG merit badges. My daughter recently completed her Home Decorating Merit Badge.
Requirement #6 has the girls make a wreath. Our first step was to search the internet for inspiration. There are lots of great ideas and instructions that can be found on-line. The ideas and possibilities are endless.
Next, we headed to the Dollar Store. We began with the wreath form – a basic small branch / wicker wreath. The smaller the better, since it requires less materials to fill it. Next, she picked out one cluster of flowers. Total cost $2. Thankfully, I had some ribbon left from another project in my craft bin.
When we got home she disassembled the flowers using a pair of wire cutters. After wrapping the wreath with ribbon, she used a hot glue gun to adhere all of the flowers and leaves. The loop at the top allows her to hang it on her bedroom door with a Command Hook.
Remember, materials for merit badge projects do not have to cost a lot. The purpose at the Tenderheart and Explorer level is often to introduce girls to new ideas and let them try something new. My daughter loves her wreath and is very proud of it. Confidence has been gained. Mission accomplished.
NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements