Wednesday, 2 March 2016

March Crafts by Lela Moon

March Crafts
Mother’s day in the UK this month and the garden is starting to wake up nicely.

Two simple crafts this month:

A picture frame
Bracelet with meaning

The picture frame

You will need;
Card, birch twigs, scissors, glue gun or strong glue, decorations and your picture.

First of all take your card and draw a square inside to the size of the frame you require.

Cut out the middle.

Take your twigs and stick to the edge of the frame.

Then stick on your decorations.

Take your picture and stick to the back of the frame.


The bracelet with meaning

This is the tradition of Martia, a red and white bracelet worn from the 1st of March till the 31st.

The tradition came from ancient Greece and is still practiced today.

The bracelet is worn to protect the wearer from disease and from the rays of the sun.

At the end of the month the bracelets are placed on rose bushes and taken by the swallows so they can weave it into their nests. It was also wrapped round jugs of water to protect the water from the sun and keep it cold. Some would also tie them round fruit trees to make them produce a good harvest.

You will need; red and white ribbon and any beads you want to add.

Take the two bits of ribbon and tie at one end

Wrap the two bits round each other and then add the beads if you want. Then tie the end together.

Wear it and then put out in the garden at the end of the month.

Note: If at all possible we would advise using biodegradeable ribbon or even coloured twine so that we don't add more trash to the Earth.

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