Christmas Wreath Crafts for Kids that Are Fun and Easy

by Karen & Grace Morris

Christmas wreath crafts for kids are fun to make. Each activity uses a different material such as yarn, pasta, or pipe cleaners that is easy to find. One just uses paper.

Click the pictures to go to the individual Christmas wreath crafts for kids.

Wreaths were found in many ancient cultures. The Romans and Greeks wove leaves, twigs, and flowers into a circle and wore the creation on their heads.

In Northern Europe, people decorated wheels with greenery and lights. To them, a wheel represented the sun that moved forwards or away. When Europe converted to Christianity, they continued to decorate with wreaths.

The meaning changed to represent the eternal God of the Bible. In later days it was associated with advent.

Puzzle Wreath

Making a puzzle wreath is very inexpensive and pretty to make. This is a perfect project if you have any puzzles with missing pieces. Or you can find cheap hundred-piece puzzles at your dollar store.

puzzle wreath

You will need;

  • At least 42 puzzle pieces with a white backing
  • Green paint
  • Large plastic brush used for cleaning. Mine looks like a large toothbrush with long stiff bristles.
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
paint puzzle green

Paint the picture side with green paint using a paint brush. Let the pieces dry.

turn over dab paint on other side

Next turn the pieces over with the plastic brush dab green paint on the white side. Let dry.

When you are waiting for the paint to dry you can sing Christmas carols such as The Twelve Days of Christmas.

cut center out of paper plate

Cut a circle out of thin cardboard. I used the center of a paper plate.

make a ring

Cut the inside again so that you have a ring. The puzzle pieces that I used are 1 inch so, I made the ring 1/2 inch wide.

add puzzle pieces

Place a puzzle piece with the white side up, on the ring. On one of end of the puzzle piece make a line with glue. Place another puzzle piece on the glue.

Overlap the pieces all the way around the circle. It will take approximately 22 pieces to go around the circle. Let the glue dry.

turn over add more puzzle pieces

When the glue is dry turn the wreath over and glue puzzle pieces around the other side of the circle.

Be sure to add a piece of string or ribbon for a hanger on one end.

The white on the wreath looks like snow, so we can sing…. Let it snow, let it snow.

Pasta Wreath

Though most wreaths are usually made out of evergreen branches, here is a fun and easy way to make one is by dying pasta. Perfect for young children.

pasta wreath

Materials;

  • A piece of cardboard
  • Green shell pasta
  • Two red Penne Pasta pieces
  • Tacky glue
cut a circle of cardboard

Cut a large piece of cardboard about 8 inches across.

cut out center of circle

Cut out the center, leaving about 1 inch of cardboard.

Dye your shell pasta green and your Penne Pasta red. You can find out how here. The page will open in another window.

add red pasta

When your pasta is dye and dry, glue the red Penne Pasta on the cardboard.

glue green pasta on circle

Glue the green pasta around the circle.

 A Unique Christmas Wreath Crafts for kids Pipe Cleaner

Making a wreath out of pipe cleaners is super easy to do. They come in different colors and are easy to bend into different sizes.

pipe cleaner wreath

All you need are eight pipe cleaners and fabric lace to make a bow.  I used four red and four green, but you could also do a candy cane wreath with red and white.

twist red and green pipe cleaners together

Twist the red and green together. Make four sets. 

twist the pipe cleaners in a circle

Next twist two sets together. Place the other two sets inside and connect everything together.

add bow

Tie your lace into a bow and place on the bottom of your wreath.

Make Some Green Pompoms

This smaller wreath would make a nice decoration for a present or Christmas tree.

pompom wreath

You need;

  • Green yarn,
  • Fork,
  • Tapestry needle
  •  A different colored yarn for the bows with. I used a yarn called peppermint twist. If you can’t find it you could use red or white.
make pompoms

Make ten pompoms with your fork. You can find directions for making a pompom with a fork here. The page will open in another window so you will not lose this page.

thread needle and begin to sew

When you have made all the pompoms thread a tapestry needle with yarn.

sew the pompoms together

Sew the pompoms together.

tie in a circle and add bows

Make a circle and tie the string in a knot.

With a different colored yarn make bows. Glue the bows to the wreath.

Green is a common Christmas color. Years ago people used green in the dark winter months to remind them of spring.

A Laced Up Christmas Wreath

A Lacing card is a good development tool. It can help with fine motor control and hand-eye coordination. By the way punching, all the holes is fun for either the parent or child.

lacing wreath

Supplies;

  • A paper plate
  • Yarn in three different colors
  • A hole punch
  • Scissors
  • A plastic tapestry needle is nice to have for lacing the holes.
cut out center of plate

First cut the center out of your paper plate leaving the rim in tacked.

make holes

Now punch holes around the outside and inside of the circle. Don’t punch too close to the cut edge or other holes.  I liked to have most of my inside and outside holes line up.

thread yarn through the holes

Cut a long length of yarn the same length from each of your different colors. Thread your needle with the yarn. Start at one hole. I taped the cut ends on the back of the plate. Now sew to the opposite hole.

To make the wreath fuller stitch twice in a hole.

finish the wreath

Continue around the circle. If you need more yarn tape the ends to the back and thread your needle with yarn again.

Paper Ribbon Wreath

This Christmas wreath craft for kids is easy enough for preschoolers.

paper ribbon wreath

You will need;

  • Green and red construction paper
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler or paper cutter
  • Glue stick
cut your circle and paper strips

Cut a 4 1/2 inch circle from cardstock. Cut the center out leaving, a 1-inch border. 

Cut approximately twenty-one green rectangles 4 by 3/4 inches.

Then cut about seven 4 by 3/4 inch red rectangles.

Cut a v shape at both ends of the rectangles. Fold the rectangles in half.

add the paper to the wreath

Put some glue on the top of the circle. Add three green rectangles.

Next, glue a red rectangle to the wreath. Then three more green rectangles.

Continue the pattern until the wreath is covered.

Try to place the rectangles close to each other so that none of the white is showing. Some of the rectangles will overlap some.

The back is not glued.

Candy Cane Wreath

Another easy Christmas wreath.

candy cane wreath

Supplies;

  • Cardstock
  • Round lid approximately 6 inches (optional)
  • Round object about 4 inches (optional)
  • Green Tissue
  • Red and white pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue
cut a dounut shape

Draw a 6-inch circle on cardstock. It doesn't need to be exact. Draw a 4-inch circle in the center.

Cut along the outside line. Fold the cardstock some so that you can cut along the centerline to make a wreath.

wrap the tissue around the circle

Cut two approximately 30 by 3-inch strips from green tissue. 

Wrap one strip around the circle overlapping so that no white is showing. 

wrap the other strip

When you get to the end, wrap another strip. 

make your candy canes

You can find red and white striped pipe cleaners at craft stores and Walmart. You can also make your own by twisting red and white pipe cleaners together. Although the ones you make yourself don't stick as well to the tissue.

To make the candy canes cut a 12-inch pipe cleaner in fourths. Each piece measures 3 inches. Fold one of the ends of the pipe cleaner over your finger to make the cane.

add the candy canes to the wreath

Cut two more pieces 2 1/2 inches for the heart at the top of the wreath.

With tacky glue, glue candy canes to the wreath.

Though our Christmas wreath crafts for kids should not be hung outside, they would look great in your house.

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