The ancient Greek and Roman cultures linked laurel crowns with power and victory. Winning Olympic athletes often wore laurel crowns, as did many Roman emperors. Statues of strong, powerful politicians and gods were often carved wearing laurel crowns, even through the Renaissance. You can teach your children about these traditions by helping them make their own laurel crowns. Teachers can also use this activity as a history lesson follow-up.
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Things you need
- Floral wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Laurel leaves
- Floral tape
Place the centre of your floral wire at the back of your head. Bend the wire around your head, pressing it gently so it fits comfortably against your temples. Floral wire usually comes in precut pieces for making faux flowers, meaning you don't have to cut it yourself.
Grip one end of your shaped floral wire with needle-nose pliers. Bend the wire into a loop that is 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) long. Repeat on the other end of the wire. This ensures the ends of the wire won't poke you in the face.
Pinch the stems of two laurel leaves together and wrap them in floral tape. Place the leaves against one of your wire loops with the leaves pointing away from the rest of the wire. Attach the leaves to the wire with floral tape.
Continue making laurel leaf bundles and taping them to your wire crown until the entire crown is covered.
Put on your crown. Two of the leaves should stick out over your forehead. The curve of the shaped wire should be tight enough for your crown to stay in place.
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