Soaring Gardens®

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When kids are ill at home or in the hospital, they have to hang out in bed for a long time. You can help transform their environment by giving them a colorful Soaring Gardens. This project is especially fun because you can create a bouquet which reflects your own unique style and personality. Imagine how exciting it will be to watch your garden grow!

Here’s How to Get Started:

1. You will need tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

2. Cut tissue paper into rectangles of desired size such as 6 inches by 6 inches or 8 inches by 8 inches.

3. Stack 4-6 pieces of tissue paper. Use the same color or different colors.

4. Accordion pleat the tissue paper working from the long side of the rectangle.

5. Wind one end of the pipe cleaner stem around the middle of the accordion pleated tissue paper.

6. Gently separate each layer pulling upwards toward the middle of the flower.

After You Finish Your Soaring Garden: You can give your Garden to someone who is ill. Or, you can take a photo and email it to Soaringwords and we will post your garden on our website. Soaringwords  54 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 heal@soaringwords.org

SoaringDreamCatchers

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Dream Catchers are from Native American culture. A Dream Catcher can be hung above the bed or next to a window. It is believed that a Dream Catcher changes a person’s dreams, allowing only good dreams to filter through the web while bad dreams stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Another version is that nightmares pass through the holes and out the window while the good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeper. To see other examples of dream catchers click here.

 Dream Catcher Materials:

Paper plates Yarn Feathers Scissors Hole punch

Here’s How to Get Started:

1. Cut out the center of the paper plate to leave a 1-2” circle boarder

2. Punch holes around the paper plate circle ½” – 1” apart

3. Thread yarn through one hole and tie a knot on the back of plate

4. Weave yarn through all of the holes and knot when completed

5. Add three additional holes to bottom for attaching feathers

6. Tie a loop into the top for hanging

After You Finish Your Dream Catcher: Find a place to hang up your dream catcher and enjoy it yourself or give it as a gift to someone who is ill. Sweet Dreams!

Heart Shaped SoaringOrigami

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Origami

– ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”;  is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques without the use of cut or glue. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane.

Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

SoaringOrigami Materials:

  • Paper
  • Markers for decorating (optional)
  • String or thread for hanging

Instructions: (click to enlarge image)

After You Make a SoaringOrigami

Use it to decorate the hospital room or IV pole or give it as a gift to a friend, family member, other person in the hospital (patient, doctor, nurse, child life specialist).

SoaringKeepsakeBoxes

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A SoaringKeepsakeBox is a box to hold your wishes, treasures and dreams. In this box, you can hold things that are special to you (ex: photos, toys, stickers, baseball cards, your book or journal). You can also write down your wishes and dreams and place them in your box. Your wish could be for world peace, to get a good night’s sleep, or simply have your favorite dessert. You can also invite your family, friends, nurses and doctors to create messages for you to put into your box.

 

 
 
Keepsake Box Materials:
Box or carton (ex: shoe box, egg carton, etc.) Glue Decorative materials such as feathers, felt, sequins, pictures, ribbon, yarn, buttons, sea shells, foam shapes, wrapping paper, magazines, comic books Paper to write down your wishes and dreams
 
 
Here’s How to Get Started:
1. Decorate and personalize your box by gluing fun and meaningful things onto your box
2. Place important items in your box
3. Write your wishes and dreams on paper to put in your box
 
 
After You Finish Your Keepsake Box: Your box can be kept near you as a place to hold special things, including your wishes and dreams. Or give it to someone as a gift.

SoaringFrames

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SoaringFrames is a fun activity. Many patients and their friends have made picture frames to decorate their hospital rooms.  Or, you can do something special for someone else by making a one of a kind SoaringFrame especially for a child who is ill. Look around and imagine what you could turn into a frame for your special picture or message. Perhaps an empty tissue box, CD case, paper plate or some cardboard can be creatively and lovingly transformed into a unique frame. There are so many creative ways to make and decorate your SoaringFrame. You can decorate your frame with different themes — your favorite hobbies, sports teams, nature or seasons. We have many examples to inspire you.  Some great craft supplies to make your picture frame look really cool include: tissue paper,  stamps and stickers. You can cut out colorful pictures from magazines or the newspaper or comic books. Depending on the material you use to make your picture frame, you can color or paint or draw on the frame. See more SoaringFrame samples.

 

CD Box Frame:

1. You will need empty CD box, scissors, sticky tape, glue, decorative craft supplies you have around your house.

2. Empty the CD box from paper and plastic CD holder.

3. Make sure the photo is smaller than the box.

4. Place the photo in the back of the box with the hinged edge at the top.  Fix the photo against the plastic with sticky-tape.

5. Find nice craft paper, gift wrap or fun foam to complement your design and cut this to fit snugly behind the photo and to the edges of the frame. Fix with glue or sticky-tape facing into the box. When your frame is finished you will open the box out to stand it up.

6. Now all you need to do is draw a line of glue on the outside edges of the front of the CD box and start decorating! Use whatever you have to hand.

 

Paper Plate Frame:

1. You will need paper plate, glue, scissors, markers, ribbon, decorative craft supplies you have around your house.

2. Glue your picture in the center of the plate

3. Decorate it with craft supplies, magazine cut outs or colorful paper.

4. Cut a small hole on top and string a ribbon.

Send us a photo of your SoaringFrame and we will feature it on Soaringwords.org.

 
 

 

SoaringValentines Frames:

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th and it is a day to express your love to friends and family. For Valentine’s Day you can create a frame from various items you may have around your hospital room or home. Look around and imagine what you could turn into a frame for your special Valentines picture or message. Perhaps an empty tissue box, CD case, paper plate or some cardboard can be creatively and lovingly transformed into a unique frame for your Valentine. See more SoaringFrame samples.

 

SoaringValentines Frame Materials: A frame or something to create a frame (an empty tissue box, a paper plate, cardboard, a CD case, etc.) Glue & tape Decorative materials such as markers, feathers, felt, sequins, pictures, ribbon, yarn, buttons, sea shells, foam shapes, wrapping paper, magazines, comic books, etc. A photograph or a hand made card to put in your frame for your Valentine.

Here’s How to Get Started:

1. Create a frame using found materials. Remember, your frame can be big or small, square, round or oddly shaped.

2. Decorate and personalize your frame by gluing fun and meaningful things to it.

3. Paste or tape a photo, drawing or message for your Valentine in the frame.

After You Finish Your SoaringValentines Frame: Give to your Valentine, repeat and give again! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Guidelines for Creating SoaringPuppets®

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You are invited to decorate simple brown paper lunch bags and transform them into cute, funny and creative bag puppets for the kids in the hospital to play with. SoaringPuppets can help keep the hospitalized children company, distract them from the hospital routine and inspire them to create a puppet show and make their own puppet. You can make your favorite animal, a funny face or just decorate it with lots of colors and shapes. Turn the bag over and write an inspiring message for a child in the hospital and write your name. Have fun!

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 Bag puppets Materials:

  • Paper lunch bags
  • Small cotton balls or colorful fuzzy balls
  • Construction paper
  • Glue Markers Scissors

Instructions:

Decorate your paper bag using the materials! Use your imagination and make it fun and colorful! Turn the bag over and write an inspiring message for a child in the hospital and write your name on the Soaringwords nametag!

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