During the holiday season, children love the idea of giving gifts just as much as they do receiving them. Nothing is as exciting as watching them put their heart into making a gift for another family member or special friend.
If you are looking for a simple holiday gift for children to make, why not consider a button wreath ornament? Button wreath ornaments require just a few simple items and very little time. The best part? There is no big mess to clean up afterwards either! They are sweet little holiday mementos that allow your child to participate in the gift giving during the season, plus they are a fun way to spend some family time together.
Simple Supply List:
- Several dozen craft buttons in a variety of sizes. (Raid your craft drawers for these, or you can buy them for $4.99 a bag at your local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Don’t forget to print off your 40% coupon before you go!)
- Crafting wire or pipe cleaners. (Available at your local dollar stores for $1.00)
- Ribbon or string. (Try to find leftover pieces around the house, or you can purchase this for less than $1.00 at most store.
- Before you begin, be advised that this is a craft that should be done with children under adult supervision. Buttons can pose a choking hazard so children should always be supervised around them if they are rather young.
- Give each child a bowl with their buttons in it. This will provide them easy access to the button they wish to use.
- Have them begin stringing buttons one at a time, leaving a fingertip space at the end of each side of their pipe cleaner.
- Once their pipe cleaner is full, gently bend the pipe cleaner into a circle shape.
- Twist the two bare ends around each other until they are tightly closed and your wreath is secure.
- You can bend and shape the wreath as needed to get it into the perfect shape.
- Using your yarn or ribbon, tie a bow over your enclosure. You can add extra yarn or ribbon to create a hanging piece as well.
- Stand back and admire their hard work!
Tips and Tricks:
Look to use buttons with larger holes. It will make it easier for little hands to slide the buttons on the pipe cleaner. If you can’t find green, red, or holiday colored buttons, you can always give the wreath a quick spray of spray paint ( Green and red are .99 at Walmart) to give it some holiday color.
Looking for more?
When stringing on buttons you can talk about pattern building with your little ones. This is an early mathematics skill and children start noticing patterns around them at a young age. Talk to them about the patterns they are making, the sizes and shapes of the buttons they are using, and the shape of the wreath. These are all early math skills hard at work! An activity such as this is also ideal for encouraging fine motor skills and coordination. It is play time at its best!
So gather up your supplies and head to the table! Children will love making these special gifts all on their own!