Tell me I am not alone here: Most of your Christmas shopping is nearly completed and you now have a house full of gifts squirreled away for unsuspecting kiddos to receive in a couple weeks. In the meantime, they’re out of school, cooped up, and starting to drive you a little bonkers. I always find myself contemplating: “Maybe I could give them just one toy to keep them busy (read: help mom not lose her marbles) these next couple of weeks….? Hmm…?” Then I quickly come to my senses and hear the voice of reason (which sounds strangely like my husband’s voice), that reminds me, “No way! Those are for Christmas! We aren’t giving them toys today!” So back to the drawing board I go to try and entertain tiny humans for yet another day.
Behold: a non-messy project AND a gift! Sign me up!
I saw some similar trees & wreaths a bit ago while perusing Christmas decorations, and thought they were something we could actually make ourselves. I came up with the project and I shared it with a few girlfriends. At the time they were all searching for little add-ons for their own children’s teacher gifts, or were on craft duty in their kid’s classrooms for their Christmas party and needed an idea. As it happened, we all loved it.
I am all about ideas that pull double duty. These sweet little ornaments have served as an easy activity for my young kids this season, as well as something they could make themselves and proudly give as presents. My 2.5 & 3.5 year old have been busy making the wreath ornaments to add to their teachers’ gifts, and we’ll also be using them (Spoiler Alert, sorry fam!) to dress up our wrapped packages for family, and boxed cookies for our neighbors.
Tools & Supplies:
- Green Felt
- It is up to you colors & size felt you decide on. Since I knew we were planning to make a number of them, I opted to purchase my felt by the yard from the fabric department at Hobby Lobby ($3.00 p/yard). However if you’re only making one or two, the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets ($0.33 each) from the craft department will be a better buy.
- (For Reference: 6 Sheets of light green felt & one half yard of dark green felt made 8 wreaths, with excess. Exactly how much you will need depends on how “full” you’d like your wreath to look)
- 12″ Green Pipe Cleaners
- Red Pom Poms
- Ribbon for hanging
- Scissors & Hot Glue Gun (I handled all of the cutting & gluing)
I prepped this activity while my girls were napping. When they woke up I had everything ready to go so they could do the rest primarily on their own.
- Start by cutting all of your green felt in long strips, roughly 1″-1.5″ wide. No need to measure, just eyeball it. That’s how we roll.
- Next, using the strips you just made, cut off pieces into small squares. You’ll end up with a bunch of 1″ x 1″ and 1.5″ x 1.5″ squares.
- Picking up two squares at a time, I folded the squares diagonally and snipped through both the pieces of felt with the tip of my scissors to make a small slit in each piece. This serves as the hole to thread the felt ‘beads’ onto your pipe cleaners. (I know. I know. All of this cutting sounds extremely tedious and while it is somewhat, it goes quickly. It’s mindless. I did it while listening to a podcast and in a half hour the majority of my felt was cut. Remember: There’s no need to measure. This craft does not require exactness. Yay! And personally I think the different size squares adds to the wreaths dimension.)
- Time to assemble! When my wreath makers were up from their naps they set to work threading all the cut felt pieces onto their pipe cleaners. One of my girls went with solid dark green wreathes while the other did a mix of a couple green colors. Both look great!
- When about 10″ of the pipe cleaner has been filled with felt I took the pipe cleaner, shaped it into a circle and twisted the ends together like a twisty tie. Then I folded the wire down onto itself so it made a perfect circle. Finally scoot some of the threaded felt overtop of the twisted portion of the pipe cleaner to cover it up.
- Next I added a loop of fabric between two felt squares so we could hang the ornaments.
- Lastly, add your red pom pom holly berries. I had each of my girls lay the pom poms out exactly where they wanted each one and I hot glued them in place.
- Finally done! Now your kiddos can gift their creations to loved ones, or add them to pretty wrapped packages, gift bags, boxes of cookies, or to your tree to admire. Enjoy!
From our family to your, here’s to enjoying the moments; chaotic, festive, & everything in between -all season long!