Advent Wreath Craft for Kids

I’ve been crafting Advent wreaths with my preschool co-op, my own children, and, well, pretty much every Catholic child that I come in contact with! :-)

As I’m sure you can instantly tell, this advent wreath is child sized, and crafted with pink and purple birthday candles. This is a great way to have fun with kids for advent!
These wreaths can be made for about a dollar a piece. The Styrofoam circles I got 2/$1 at the Dollar Tree, along with the “wired pine”. I cut the center of the circles out ahead of time with a seraded steak knife to make it a wreath shape. (Use caution when you do this please!) You can buy small pre-made Styrofoam wreaths at AC Moore for $1.50 each, but I needed several for my preschool co-op class. I also got enough red berries at the Dollar Tree for all the wreaths for just $1. The birthday candles came from my local grocery store for .99/box. Obviously, you need pink and purple, so you will need 2 boxes.
Have the children paint the wreaths green. They love this! I know you could start with floral foam which is already green, but that stuff is super crumbly and will make a big mess with small kids. It also won’t be durable. It doesn’t matter if they don’t paint it perfectly, but try toencourage them to paint the inside and outside of the circle as well asthe top. As you can see, we used foam brushes. I think foam brushes areespecially handy for small children.

After painting, allow to dry.

The wired pine we used as kind of a lacing exercise. It’s not glued at all, just wound around the wreaths and twisted together at the ends.
We let the kids squeeze on their own glue and stick on the clusters of berries. It’s ok if they use a lot of glue – it will dry eventually! :-)

Because the regular Styrofoam is stiffer than floral foam, you can’t stick the candles right in. First, poke the holes with a Philips head screw driver, and have the kids insert the candles themselves.

Here’s one that I made where the pine stuff was all glued on top of the wreath with a glue gun. We’re going to be using this as my class’s advent wreath on our prayer table.

The kids in my class had such a great time making these! :-)

Here’s Julian’s. He is so proud of it!

You can substitute other Christmas greenary for the wired pine.
Just attach with glue.

Yes, these are working advent wreaths, so they can be lit. But please use caution and don’t burn your children… or you teddy bear. ;-)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ll see you back here on Monday with a very special (and unprecedented) Cyber Monday post!!! :-D Don’t do any of your Catholic holiday shopping before then!!!

Comments

  1. the perfect size advent wreath for little fingers and hands.

  2. We will be making these tomorrow if I can make it to the dollar store today!!! Thanks so much Lacy!

  3. welcome to our wonderland says:

    those are great and make our totally recycled wreath look a little lacking :) but we love ours, however we will be starring this in google for next year.

    http://lettersnumbersandbooksohmy.blogspot.com/2010/11/totally-recycled-advent-wreath-plus.html

  4. frugalfriends says:

    Hi Lacy,
    I was just googling "Advent Wreath Crafts For Kids" (I know… I'm a little late to just start searching…) and your post came up on the first page of results! Cute craft, and I hope you're doing well and enjoying the Christmas season. It was a blessing to meet you at the Relevant Conference this fall!
    Laura, Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia

  5. This is a really cute idea, and I’m going to grab supplies for it this week so my son can have his own to play with. We set the big wreath up before he left to go visit his grandparents with daddy, and he was very interested.

    But I just wanted to note, there are two types of florist foam, wet and dry. The crumbly stuff is wet foam for preserving live flowers, but they also make green styrofoam forms for artificial flowers, and it isn’t crumbly at all, to my knowledge.

  6. Thank you so much for posting this, here I am Sunday planning our Advent Night for 50 kids K-5th grade Wednesday Night. This is my first year as CRE, (hope I make it to year two). A friend and I were thinking this morning about a wreath we could make for a couple dollas each and funny, she thought of the same thing with the syro wreath and birthday candles only when I went to Michaels the syro wreath was 3.99. I thought I would have to start from scratch with a new idea but thanks to you and your Dollar Tree tip… The wreaths are back on. God Bless You!

  7. Thank you so much for this terrific idea! I got all the supplies today (except I couldn’t find purple birthday candles, so we’re using blue…where did you find them?) I’m doing them with my Religious Ed. Class tomorrow morning, and I can’t wait! I put together my sample this afternoon, and it’s adorable! Thanks for a great idea!

  8. I made these today with my 3 year old preschool religion class and they were a huge hit. We looped the garland around the top instead of over the sides and the children were able to push the garland into the top of the styrofoam. The parents were quite surprised when they came back from mass and were greeted with these wreaths. Thank you for this great idea. Will definitely use this again next year for my class.

  9. One question – what kind of glue did you use?

  10. I do this craft with my kids also but we use green homemade playdough instead of the styrofoam. It is much cheaper and the kids love to roll and shape the playdough. I give each child a small white paper plate that they decorate with berries and ivy (with markers) and then they place the rolled playdough on top of the plate. Then they put in the candles. It is really cute and dries after a few days. My kids love it!!!!

    • Great idea! That’s how I do our crown of thorns, so I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me. Thanks for sharing!

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