Wreath-making class raises money for Northside Middle FCCLA

awoolen@macon.comNovember 27, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Do-it-yourself activities are quite popular, thanks to websites such as Pinterest.

The crafty social media site gave Amanda Hayes the idea to teach wreath-making to fellow teachers, parents and friends.

Hayes, the family and consumer sciences teacher at Northside Middle School, decided to use her skills to raise money for the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter. The club participates in activities that take club members to Athens in March.

Most of the 25 participants taking Hayes’ wreath-making class Thursday had never made a wreath before, and getting started was a little rough. Each paid $35 for the class.

Hayes was busy tying off mesh ribbon and burlap with pipe cleaners to help start the ladies on the large round wire base as the beginning of the wreath-making process.

Despite the fact that each participant had directions, some were thoroughly lost.

“Now I know why they are so expensive,” said Janet Richmond, computer science and business teacher at Northside Middle, as she struggled with the orange and blue mesh. Her wreath was to be a “thank you” gift.

But Hazel Mahone wasn’t having a lot of difficulty. As an art major in college, she has an eye for decorating, especially for Christmas.

“I’m a real crafty person,” Mahone said.

She keeps a tree in her living room year-round, although she does take the decorations off. She also has the first Christmas card her children made her.

Her daughter, Kathy Hardy, is a teacher at Northside Middle.

“You have to keep traditions alive,” Mahone said.

The wreath she was making was for her granddaughter, who loves the color blue. The dark blue sparkly mesh fabric was wound around the wreath base, and Mahone was pleased with the way it was turning out.

With bright green and red mesh ribbon, Paula Pridgen was having a difficult time finding a rhythm.

Although the Pridgen makes different kinds of crafts, she is much more at home with different tools.

“Give me a hot glue gun and some rhinestones,” she said as she tried to get the pipe cleaners to stay on the wreath.

The novices all had the same thought when they signed up for the class -- creating a unique piece of art to hang on their front doors.

“I’ve always wanted to make” a wreath, Pridgen said.

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