Make a Christmas Wreath From Pipe Cleaners

As the title of this post tells you, today I want to show you how to make a fun Christmas Wreath using only pipe cleaners (or chenille stems). Aren’t they cute?

All you need are pipe cleaners in a few colors…3 green, 1 white, 1 red and 1 sparkly and 1 pen or pencil for wrapping some of the pipe cleaners.

Begin by wrapping 1 green pipe cleaner around the pen or pencil. Make sure both ends are wrapped around the pencil so it’s all uniform.

Continue wrapping until you’ve used the entire pipe cleaner.

Slide the wrapped pipe cleaner off the pencil.

Wrap the other 2 green pipe cleaners in the same way.

Next, take the red pipe cleaner and the white pipe cleaner and while holding one end of each together, begin twisting them.

Continue twisting to the other ends of the pipe cleaners. It will look like the stripes on a candy cane. 🙂

Take the red and white twisted pipe cleaner and slide a green spiral onto it.

Slide the other 2 green spirals onto the red and white pipe cleaner too.

You will now bend the red and white pipe cleaner into a circle and the green part will begin to look like a little wreath.

Give the red and white ends a twist to hold your wreath in a circle.

Now to make the red and white bow. You will not actually tie a normal bow. Just bend a loop off to the left side and let the tail cross to the opposite side.

Take the other tail and bend a loop on the right side, letting the tail cross over to the left.

Now you’ll need to wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the center of the bow to hold it in place. If you have a scrap piece of pipe cleaner in a matching color you can use that. Or use the end of your sparkly pipe cleaner.

Take the ends to the back side, twist them together and clip the ends short.

Your wreath could be finished now or you can use the sparkly pipe cleaner to fancy it up a bit.

Stick one end of the sparkly pipe cleaner into the back of the wreath spiral end by the back of the bow.

And then wrap the sparkly pipe cleaner around your wreath in wide wraps, leaving spaces so there is some sparkle all around the wreath.

Once you have used up the sparkly pipe cleaner, tuck the end into the green part of the wreath so it isn’t seen. And you have finished your first pretty little wreath! 🙂

You can experiment with other colors like blue and white to make more pretty wreaths. I hope you’ll enjoy this latest Christmas craft project! 🙂

Simple Winter Wreath

Are you ready to put away your Christmas wreath but feel like its too soon for spring decor? Here’s a fun and quick little project for a winter wreath. We can still have snow where we live for a couple of months yet, so making a wreath with snowmen and snowflakes seems totally appropriate. You can use whatever theme you’d like – even a spring theme, if you are so inclined. This project is probably geared more for older kids or for younger kids with lots of help from an adult.

Here’s what you need to get started: a wreath form, (I used a 14″ one), some fabric printed with your theme, a glue gun, and some little items you might like to use to decorate the wreath. Gather up any items that might go along with your theme and you can play around with them till you decide which ones to use.

Start by cutting strips of fabric 2″ wide by the width of the fabric. You can use shorter strips if that’s what you have because we will be gluing them together anyway. I needed 5 strips to cover my 14″ wreath.

Trim off the white selvage edges.

Take one strip and start wrapping it around the wreath form. You can glue down the first edge if you want to but I just wrapped the fabric strip around the wreath close enough that it held the end in place.

When you get to the end of your strip, cut it as much as is needed so that you attach the next strip on the backside of the wreath. That way it won’t show on the front.

Using the glue gun, make a line of glue close to the end of the strip on the top side of the fabric.

Lay the end of the next fabric strip on top, lining up the edges. It will then look like a continuous strip of fabric.

Continue wrapping the fabric strips around the wreath form and adding new strips as needed.

When the entire wreath is covered with the fabric, trim the end so that you glue the end down on the backside of your wreath.

This time put the glue on the wrong side or the backside of the fabric.

And now the wreath is ready for decorating! 🙂

Lay your little decorative items around on the front of the wreath. Take time to move them around and to try different ideas.

Once you decide where you want them, use the glue gun to glue them in place.

You did it! And I’m sure it looks great! Find a place to hang your wreath where everyone can enjoy it! Hope you had fun making a winter wreath! 🙂