- Ring of cardboard (empty cereal boxes work wonderfully)
- construction paper (pink, purple, red and/or white)
- small piece of wool
- Trace a small plate and a large plate onto a piece of old cardboard. (My 6 year old enjoys tracing by herself. My 3 year old prefers I do this part.).
- Empty cereal boxes or frozen dinner boxes work well as a source of recycled cardboard.
- It doesn't matter if you go over the folds of the cardboard.
- Cut a small strip of cardboard and glue or tape it onto the back of the ring over any folds in the cardboard.
- This will reinforce the ring.
- Cut strips of construction paper (about 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches).
- Glue the strips into rolls (like making a paper chain)
- Glue the rolls of construction paper onto the wreath. Alternate colours. My oldest daughter is in grade 1 and they spend a lot of time on patterns. This is great practice for that.
- See finished photo of the wreath if you don't understand what I mean by construction paper rolls
- Cut two long strips of red,
- Cut two medium strips of white
- Cut two short strips of pink
Lay the pieces one on top of the other in the pattern pink, white, red, red, white, pink
One of the ends of all these pieces should be flush with each other. Staple that end.
- fold back all the pieces and staple at the other end. when you hold them up it forms a heart.
- When we made ours, the heart shape wasn't as nice as we wanted so we stapled another short piece of red to "anchor" the dip of the heart to the point of the heart. If our construction paper had been a bit less flimsy we wouldn't have needed to do this.
- Take a piece of string and tape it to the wreath and to the heart so the heart hangs in the center of the wreath.
- Hang on the wall.
- We made a wreath with only one row of construction paper loops this time, but two rows looks great too!