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Recycled Christmas Wreath

by on Dec 18th, 2010

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Who says you can’t make a Christmas decor using stuff lying around the house? This week, I decided to let my 8 year old tutee make her own Christmas wreath. I gave her suggestions as to what we can do and she chose to make a bottle cap wreath. It’s really easy to make and will sure bring some Christmas cheer when you hang it on the front door.

What you will need

  • Bottle caps
  • Paper plate
  • Green paint and paint brush
  • Glue gun or other strong glues
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn or Fuzzy Wire
  • Scissors
  • Glitter glue or Glue and glitter powder (optional)
  • Colored paper (optional)
  • Pompom balls (optional)
  • Puncher

Steps 1 and 2:

If in a class, it would be easier to cut the center part of the paper plate first to form the base of the wreath. Since this was just a 1-on-1 activity, I let Jammy paint the paper plate first and just cut it out afterward. It’s really a lot less messy to let them paint before cutting.

Step 3: Glue on the bottle caps. It doesn’t really matter which side is up, it really depends on the child. We chose to use a glue gun to stick the bottle caps, but I’m pretty sure there are other types of glue you can use for the younger kids.

*NOTE: be VERY careful when using the glue gun, we wouldn’t want any blisters now.

Step 4: You may add pompoms to add more color to the wreath

Step 5: Stick a ribbon on one end of the wreath

Step 6: We were supposedly done, but Jammy said something was missing. I asked her what it was and she said that there should be a big sign in the middle that says MERRY CHRISTMAS. So, I cut out some colored paper and let her write Merry Christmas using the glue. She sprinkled glitter powder afterward.

Step 7: Add the yarn or fuzzy wire on the top by punching a hole and your wreath is ready to be displayed. Happy Holidays everyone!

*************You might also want to try a mitten wreath for the younger kids:***************

Click Here for Instructions on Mitten Wreath


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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