Christmas is just around the corner, and so are the Christmas holidays. If you’re looking for a fun crafts idea to entertain the kids during a snowy Sunday afternoon prior to the big day, why not let help them make their own festive wreaths using just some old paper shopping bags, some glue, a wreath form, and a couple of decorations?
You can pick up a wreath form easily enough at your local arts and crafts shop, along with all the decorative bits and bobs that appeal to you and your young ones; straw wreath forms tend to be the cheapest, but metal ones are a bit sturdier. As for the bags, you want them plain, and preferably as crinkled up as possible. This is a great project to get rid of those bags that are becoming a little too worn for general use.
Once you have your materials, tear the paper bags into strips around 15cm in width, then start folding and crinkling them up. This will give your wreath some texture and a bit of extra volume. Your kids will love this bit.
When you have a bunch of folded up strips, you can all start wrapping them around a wreath form, binding tightly as you go. Glue down each fold at the back; if you can’t find glue strong enough, a small length of masking or duct tape will do. Next, push in a couple of screws and then wrap some string around them so the wreath can be hung up.
You should now have a blank brown paper wreath, so it’s time to start decorating. Brown paper bags will take paint well, so you can always break out the green, red, and gold, or something a little more interesting, to let your kid decorate their wreath as they see fit. You can also add stick-on ornaments, or use general wreath ornaments, such as fake holly, which can be attached via a pin.
Voilà, you now have a bunch of new holiday wreaths, courtesy of your kids. Try fixing them on each child’s door to give them their own dash of festive style. You can even keep them for next year, or as a great reminder of a time when Santa was still a firm reality in your children’s eyes.