weather wheel tutorial

I realize that I gave you all a family fish recipe that included a CUP of sugar...Ha! Crazy lady.  That's what I get for posting past midnight.  All that mommy-brain turns to something unconsciously naughty, I guess.  In anycase, that was my recipe for the sweet chili sauce condiment.  The real recipe will be fixed... 

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Fall is just the best time to watch Earth, trying  on all her favorite clothes.  Just like us, she puts something on, whirls around, drops it to the floor.  Nest thing you know she's piling on layers, feeling a little hot, then stripping bare-nakedy.  She has 10 favorite colors, not just one, because, as you know, everything looks good on her.

And when we happen to be under the age of 7, then there is no separation between what the Earth is doing & our own little world.  She is the determinate of all things needing to be done, how they are done, where they are done, & what is worn as they are done.  She needs to be kept track of, so then we are kept track of.

As you can imagine, the weather wheel has been such a hit at our house. The boys are doing a few craft swaps with other homeschooling families, & they made this one for Stefani's boys over at Blue Yonder.  Her son inspired the wood choice with his longings for a carved-wood calendar.

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We began by choosing 2 woods from our veneer collection.  The base is bubinga, while the hands are mottled walnut.   We cut the base at roughly 7"1/2 x 10 1/2, but actually we just snapped it off, to keep it looking natural.  Then we cut the cardboard backing to 9 x 11"1/4.
The little hands were cut freehand, but they're about 3".

 

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Then we just used a little pushpin to punch holes in the hands.  They need to be backed by plastic tape, though.  They tend to crack.

 

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We cut weather symbols out of fabric & just glued them on, using matte modge-podge, which leaves a more or less invisible finish (I hate to see glue remnants).   We used a bit of raw wool to represent the clouds & fog, leaves & a leaf pile for the wind, felt for the sun, fabric rain, hail & snow.

 

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We drew the rainbow on linen with Stockmar wax crayons.

 

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Then we picked a special button to hold it all together.  The back is strung with beading elastic so that it will look tidy but have some give.  Again, a pushpin was used to make a hole, through both the base & the cardboard backing.  Then we glued the base wood to the cardboard, being careful to leave a 1" margin along the sides.

 

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See?  We just tied a few knots to the back.  

 

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Then we cut strips of fabric, slipped them under the margin & folded them back to glue them down.  I may have mitered the corners...Okay, I did.  I'm a perfectionist.  Which is both annoying to them in the immediate, but I'm convinced that it's a good model for them, too.

 

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We glued down the excess on the back. 

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Then we cut some matching fabric just smaller than the backing, applied modge-podge to the cardboard, & layed it down.  The kids love flattening it with their fingers, feeling the glue squishing through the fabric, then p eeling off the "skin" from their hands (& arms & noses).  Sounds gross as an adult, but you remember this, right?  (I wish typepad would stop linking my words to nothing)

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Ta Da! have a great Thursday.