3 Easy Valentine Wreaths

by Meghan

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Big M’s paper plate wreaths are beginning to become a fixture in our kitchen.  As soon as we remove one at the end of one holiday season, she asks to make another one for the next!  So far for Valentine’s Day, we have made 3 easy Valentine wreaths… two paper plate based varieties by Big M and one big one by me for the front door!

3 Easy Valentine Wreaths


Paper Plate Valentine Wreath

This is a quick and easy craft that can be done with children aged 18 months to elementary age.

Supplies:

Paper plate

Scissors

Assorted Tissue  Paper

Glue

Red Food Coloring

Paint Brush

Heart Stickers

Cost: Less than $5

Prep Time: Less than 5 minutes

Clean-Up Time: Less than 5 minutes

Cut out the center circle of a paper plate, leaving about a 2″ rim.  Next, cut up some assorted tissue paper into 1-1.5″ squares.  I found a great Valentine’s Day assortment in a single package at my local Dollar Store that included red, pink, white and the red heart print.  Last, add glue to a few tablespoons of water with a few drops of red food coloring, and stir until well blended.  This thins the glue, making it easier to apply, less likely to tear the tissue paper, and adds color so that it is more visible while applying the tissue paper squares. Plus, Big M likes to ‘paint’ so she thinks she’s painting too!

Paint the glue around the rim of the plate, and apply tissue squares until no more of the white rim is visible.  With my 18 month old, I use glue sticks for less mess.   I help with the glue stick application, while she sticks on the tissue squares.  Once the wreath is dry, you can apply additional decorative features, like our heart stickers or a bow.  We hang our paper plate wreaths from the kitchen cabinets! Paper Plate Valentine Wreath


Valentine Lacing Wreath

This is another easy to make wreath starting with a paper plate.  I got the idea from these Ribbon Wreath Plates at Make and Takes, but while hers are designed to be functional, ours were just for some fun entertainment!  I pulled this one out to keep the girls entertained while I was making my own easy Valentine wreath (see below).

Supplies:

Paper plate

Scissors

Hole Punch

Ribbon

Tape

Cost: Less than $5

Prep Time: Less than 5 minutes

Clean Up Time: None

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Cut out the center circle of a paper plate, leaving about a 2″ rim.  Then, using the hole punch, punch holes around the rim, approximately every 1.5-2″.  Next, cut a piece of ribbon about 12″ longer than the circumference of the plate.  Roll one end and wrap a piece of tape around it to make it easier for your child to grip and thread it through the holes.

While I made one for Lil’ M too, she immediately ripped her paper rim in half and was more interested in decorating herself with the ribbon.  Big M, instead of lacing around the rim, decided it would be more fun to make a spider web.  Next time, I supposed I will number the holes, since she is becoming quite adept at connect the dots.  Both were entertained long enough to let me finish my project post nap, so the activity well served its purpose, albeit not quite as I had envisioned!

Valentine Lacing Wreath


Ribbon Wreath

And last but not least, my easy Valentine wreath.  I found the how to at Maddysons Lane.

Supplies:

Foam wreath

Assorted ribbon, approximately 35+ yards

Scissors

Cost: Less than $20

Craft Time: About an hour

I got all the supplies at Hobby Lobby… all their Valentine decor is currently 30% off (including the fun little wood cutout I got for the middle of my wreath), and when I bought the ribbon, all the ribbon was 50% off.  Another great place to get ribbon – TheHairBowCompany.  If you have little girls, you need to check out this online store.  They have multiple widths and a full rainbow of colors of grosgrain ribbon.  I usually get my solid colors from there, and pick up a few fun holiday prints whenever I’m in a craft store to mix in.  The foam wreath form, which you can find in the floral department, was less than $5.

I wrapped one section of ribbon around my wreath form to determine how long I wanted each strip to be.  Then I measured off all the ribbon to the same length.  Her suggestion of 17″, which is about what I ended up using, proved to be a little too long for my wreath.  None of my ribbon was wired, so the ones at the top ended up looking a little droopy.  Next time, I will use wired ribbon or cut it a bit shorter.

I started by tying ribbons to section off the wreath evenly, and tying additional ribbons until the entire wreath form was covered.  Leave all your knots and ends around the outer perimeter of the wreath.  Definitely learned a few things from this first one, like using wired ribbon and cutting it shorter, that I will use to improve the next one… Thinking as ND fans, we’ll definitely need one for St. Patty’s Day / March Madness!

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Hope you enjoy our 3 easy Valentine wreaths!  If you try them with your kiddos, please share pics of your finished projects with us on Facebook or tag us with #PGPB or @PGPBMeghan on Instagram!

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Helen @ Peakle Pie February 5, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Thank you for linking up with We Love Weekends – your wreaths will be featured on tomorrows Peakle Pie post! Hope to see you back again soon!

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Meghan February 5, 2015 - 6:14 pm

So glad you liked them… and thank you so much for the feature! We will definitely be back soon!

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lindsey kettle January 30, 2015 - 2:44 pm

These are lovely. I love the foam wreaths, we have used them before to make Easter nests! Thanks for linking up to #weloveweekends x

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Meghan January 30, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Thank you! It was my first time using them – so easy, and affordable! Thanks for stopping by – we love #weloveweekends too!

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