We’ve been making very simple wreaths to decorate our home. I cut the rims of the paper plates. Sometimes the kids just paint them, and other times we jazz them up:
My preschooler painted the wreath with glitter glue, and then stuck the red and green pompoms around.
The hand print wreath is the only one that neither of my kids were really involved in creating. I traced their hands, and then cut out hand prints from green and red construction paper. I used my older son’s hand prints for the green, and my younger son’s hand prints for the red “bow.”
Cutting up the ribbons to make this paper plate wreath worked in some scissor skills for my preschooler. Then he painted glue onto the plate rim and added the ribbon. I made the large bow for him, and he decided where to put it.
The gift bow wreath was simple enough for my 16 month old to create. I put tape on the bottom of the bows, and he stuck the bows onto the wreath, took them off again, and put them back on.
Once we started making them, we kept coming up with additional ideas. We also made one from items we found in nature (evergreen twigs, pine cones, acorns), one from leftover green and red felt scraps, and one with wrapping paper cuttings.
If you are looking for a way to use the inside of the paper plate, head on over to One Perfect Day to see how to create crayon resist gift tags.