Handicraft – Christmas Nature Wreath

christmas wreath handicraft

This week we started our “Christmas Curriculum“. I was very excited for the kids to make a Christmas wreath using whatever natural material they could find on their nature walks.

I had high hopes, but I am even more thrilled with the results than I expected!!

Frankly, the view out our windows is bleak. It’s winter after all, and we live in an area primarily covered with deciduous trees. The grass dies in the winter here, and everything generally goes dormant. That said, there are still beautiful things to behold this time of year.

For one, without all those leaves blocking our view, we can more easily see the birds that are flitting around. In the last few days, we have seen more varieties of birds than we do throughout the rest of the year.

Let me tell you how the kids made their wreath.

First, they went on a nature walk to gather material.  They found four types of greenery, pine cones, and berries – all from our own yard, except the berries. To find the berries they had to wander further through our neighborhood.

Next, each of the kids made small bundles including a little bit of everything they had collected. These were secured with zip ties! Isn’t that the coolest idea? No wire to twist until tight, catching little fingers. The ends were snipped off with garden shears.

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We have no dress code on days that we stay home! :)

We have no dress code on days that we stay home! 🙂

Then, they laid the bundles on a wire wreath frame to decide how they should go together.

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Once they had decided how it should be laid out, they attached the bundles to the frame, again using zip ties.
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Lastly, they used a bow to cover a spot that looked bare.
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There you have it!
No matter where you live you can make this. Each one would turn out different, which is one of the special things about it.

3 thoughts on “Handicraft – Christmas Nature Wreath

  1. Cindy

    How beautiful! They did a great job. I just found your blog a few days ago and have been reading through many of your posts. I believe we'll do this when the Christmas season comes again. 🙂

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