This is one of my very favourite Christmas crafts for the kids. We first made these fabric wreaths four or five years ago and liked them so much that we have made them every year since.
My kids like to decorate their bedrooms for Christmas and these are perfect for hanging on door handles. The hook on the coat hanger makes this ready-made to hang.
wire coat hanger
fabric scraps, cut into rectangles
The set up for this activity requires an adult. The first step is to cut a section out of the coat hanger, keeping the handle intact. You will need to do this with bolt cutters or heavy duty wire cutters as the coat hanger is quite thick to cut through. Create a circle. Using the pliers, bend the ends of the wire around each other a few times. Wrap the duct tape around this area so that there are no sharp edges. Once this part of the process is done, the activity can be done by any child that knows how to tie a knot.
As a matter of fact, if your child is not yet tying knots, this activity would be the perfect way to give them a lot of practise!
Once the wire form is made, tie the fabric pieces one at a time onto the wire. Alternate different patterns and colours to create the look you want.
This Christmas project is inexpensive as you can use fabric scraps that you have or that are donated or you can purchase roll ends at the fabric store for a steep discount. The best time to buy holiday fabric on sale is after Christmas. You don’t have to use specific holiday patterns though. Using colours like reds and greens or different shades of blues or cream and gold or silver can create some really beautiful wreaths.
Even my most craft-hating boy will sit for hours to make one of these wreaths. He says he finds it relaxing! I usually sit and make at least one a year too because they really are very relaxing to make. Everyone from preschoolers to adults can make these Christmas fabric wreaths.
You may also want to read these from other Festive Family Bloggers:
Handmade Kid Ornaments from Hand Made Kids Art
10 Christmas Tree Crafts for Young Kids from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures
DIY Keepsake Ornaments from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Handmade Christmas Decorations from Peace But Not Quiet
DIY Ornaments from Around the World from Multicultural Kid Blogs
Keeping a Houseful of Family Happy from Gypsy Road
Kid Made Salt Dough Paper Weight from Lemon Lime Adventures
DIY Shabby Chic Gift Wrapping from She Lives Free
Follow Becca Eby ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard’s board Festive Family Holiday on Pinterest.
Barb @ A Life in Balance says
This would be a fantastic activity for a Girl Scout troop! I’m pinning this to my Girl Scout board.
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
My husband is going to love this use for duct tape and so do I! Thanks for stopping by our Happy Holidays Link Party – be sure to join us again this week (beginning on Saturday at 7 pm ET) and every week through the holidays.