Pom-pom flowers – we used yarn and some irregular-shaped branches (the only kind we get in our garden)… but they turned out pretty realistic.
Blossoming tree – we found this branch outside and took it home 🙂 As we are in the middle of terrible renovations at home, it was not hard to steal some wall paint and a brush from the workers. It would be faster and prettier with acrylics, though.
We covered the bottle with PVA glue then wrapped it with yarn.
The tassels we used to decorate the tree are ready in minutes – you need nothing more than some yarn and a pair of scissors.
Yarn-wrapped containers(boxes, bottles and jars).
Cover the containers with glue before wrapping them with yarn.
A wonderful acticity for a kid who’s sick and has to stay at home 🙁
What is ‘martenitsa’?
In Bulgarian folklore the month of March is often portrayed as a plump, cheerful old lady, “baba Marta”. The 1st day of her reign is celebrated with red and white ornaments in various designs – as bracelets, brooches, pom-poms…
The origins of this ritual are lost in time, but the meaning is clear – they are luck charms you give away to wish good health (and good looks, too!) Friends, family, even pets and domestic animals get one.They are also a countdown to spring – you wear them every day until you see the first stork, or swallow, or blossoming tree. Then you take themartenitsa off and tie it to a branch.