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Wreath Craft - Genius Re-Use of Old, Colorful Magazines - 7 Days of Play

Wreath Craft – Genius Way to Recycle and Re-Use Old, Colorful Magazines

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This wreath craft is a fun way for kids to create festive door decor using simple supplies – just cardboard, glue, and old magazines! Whether you want to add some kid-made wreaths to the front door during holiday season or not, this is an awesome way to create one!

Why a Magazine-Made Wreath Craft is Awesome!

First and foremost, recycling is a great way to show the kids how fun repurposing can be! Kids will learn how to think outside the box and tap into their creativity even with the simplest household items.

Plus, kids will have fun looking through old magazines and picking out colors that they want to use to make their very own wreath. You could make one in all the colors of the rainbow (like my son did!), make it in Autumn colors for Thanksgiving-time, or green and red, or blue and white for a festive holiday look!

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Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

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wreath craft tray of colors

How to Set Up A Recycled Magazine Wreath Craft

It couldn’t be more simple! Just grab a bunch of magazines that haven’t been opened in ages and that you don’t mind parting with. Then, task the kiddos with finding and sorting all the different colors! They can even sort them into a sectioned tray like we did! 

When preparing the backbone of the wreath, we used some old cardboard. Depending on the age of your kid, it can be tricky to cut a circle shape out with a hole in the middle, so an adult may have to do this part.

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

Making a wreath craft my look simple, but we love how it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. 

making a wreath craft

This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

making a wreath craft

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

What we really loved about this craft is that it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

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String Art Kit

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