DLTK's Holiday Activities
Valentine's Day Wreath Craft
© by Leanne Guenther
The diameter of the completed wreath is about 15 inches.
This craft is fun for older children (and adults!) - Age 6+.
There are quite a few steps that younger kids (Age 2+) can help with, but
they won't be able to do the craft independently. This is a good
- Wire coat hanger
- 14 to 16 tp rolls
- Optional: Valentine's color paint like pink, purple or red
- red, pink and/or white construction paper (you could also use craft
foam or white paper painted or colored
- ADULT: Take each tp roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
- Optional: Paint tp rolls a valentine's day color. You can
see from the finished craft that not much shows through, but my kids
have fun painting, so we painted them all shades of pink and purple.
- Let dry.
- ADULT: Bend the coat hanger to form a circle.
- Using the slits cut halfway through the rolls, slide each of your tp
rolls onto the hanger to form a big circle of tp rolls.
- Optional: Take a bit of masking or scotch tape and tape the tp
rolls together. (tape the openings of the tp rolls on the inside
of the circle together). This will keep the rolls from spinning
around while you're working. If you chose not to do this, the
paper hearts will keep everything from spinning on the finished craft
- Cut out many, many heart shapes. Show children how to fold
construction paper in half to make a symmetrical heart.
- One person can be doing this part while another is assembling the tp
roll wreath base. This works well if you have crafters of
different ages (the base is more difficult than cutting out hearts).
- We made sets of fancy hearts by gluing hearts inside each other -- a
large heart, medium heart, small heart and very small heart of varying
colors were stacked and glued. Then we scattered around some
small single hearts to fill in gaps
- Tie a bow on the top if you want to.
|If you're like me, right now you're envisioning all the different types of
wreathes you could make this way... Halloween with jack'o'lanterns, ghosts and
bats, Christmas with holly leaves and berries, Autumn with leaves, St
Patrick's Day with shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold, etc, etc. I'm
sure you'll see templates/instructions for various wreaths made along these
basic lines pop up on the site over the next year or two!
Printable version of these instructions