A few years ago I made an Easter wreath and this year the kid’s wanted to make a Nature Christmas Wreath. The leaves on our walk to school are still gorgeous colours of yellow and red and brighten up our walk to school. So we settled on creating a natural Christmas wreath using nature elements – some of which we found on the school run! I wanted to make it in the simplest way possible so we used a wooden vine wreath and then that way everything can just slot inside or be easily tied. A Christmas wreath is a fun thing to make to start feeling all Christmassy but using the natural elements – makes it inexpensive but also bridges the gap between Autumn and Christmas so you don’t feel your starting to decorate and get consumed by Christmas too quickly!
If you’d like to make a Handmade kid’s Nature Christmas wreath, you’ll need…….
- Grapevine Wreath (find them here)
- Thin jewellery wire
- Cinnamon sticks
- Oranges, thinly sliced
- Glitter Glue
- Bark stars or Bark Christmas Trees (you can buy them here)
- Pine cones, acorns, Moss, leaves – anything goes!
How to make a Handmade Christmas Nature Wreath
Start by slicing your oranges and baking them in an oven for around 2-3 hours at 120 degrees. Or, to speed up your wreath, you can buy dried oranges here. For some more advice about drying oranges – see our Handmade Orange Decoration post here.
Next, collect some brightly coloured leaves. Kids can now get involved by cutting or tearing up your leaves and gluing them onto your bark trees. You can decorate the bark trees and stars, half with leaves and half with glitter glue.
Once your bark stars or Christmas Trees have dried and your orange slices have cooled, your kiddos can add them to the wreath by poking them through the grapevine wreath. They can choose to decorate the wreath with anything you can find – leaves, moss, acorns, fabric scraps – you name it – anything goes!
If you’re planning to hang your wreath on your door, you might want to secure your decor items with some jewellery wire to keep them from falling off. (I did this with some of the items, once the kids had finished arranging it.) You could add some shiny ribbon for extra pizzazz and ta-da, your Christmas wreath is ready.
Kid Made Christmas Series is all about making and crafting with our little ones as well as making our homes look seasonal with some grown up crafts too! I’ve loved looking through and stealing lots of ideas for lovely homemade things to get us in the Christmas spirit! You can join in the fun and show us how YOU are making YOUR Christmas a kid-made one by using the hashtag #kidmadexmas on social media. We might just re-share your ideas!
If you’d like to make some more Christmas Decorations, take a peek at our other decorations………
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