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Family Fun – Wreath Alternative


Christmas is coming! It’s getting closer every day and there is so much to do and so many places to go. One of our family traditions is to have a Wreath Day. Many of us get together shortly after Thanksgiving to craft together and make our annual wreaths that will adorn our doors for the holiday. If we are doing it the Sunday after Thanksgiving we frequently bring our leftovers and really enjoy a second fabulous meal together.

My sister clears a big table in the middle of the room and we all bring our ornaments and bling and usually a green wreath to start with. Out come the floral wire, the snips, and sharp scissors. Ribbons are considered discussed at length and either tied into beautiful full bows or tossed back in the pile for someone else to try. Glue, glitter, music and laughter. It’s one of my favorite days of the year!

This year as I have done in the past I’m not starting with the green wreath! I’m starting with cardboard. I hope you enjoy this wreath alternative and let me send me a photo on Facebook if you make one for your door.

Wreath Alternative

Materials needed:

Large piece of cardboard

Box knife to cut it

3 coordinating Christmas wrapping papers


Green floral wire

Scotch tape

How to:

There are no rules about how big any of your ‘boxes’ need to be but here are my measurements.

Top box – 8 1/2 wide by 5 1/2 tall

Middle box – 14 wide by 10 inches tall

Botton box – 20 inches at the widest point 13 inches wide at the bottom and 10 inches tall. (note: this box is cut at an angle.)

See photo for the overall design. This was cut as one shape.

Select your first paper and wrap one box. Select your second paper and wrap your second and third boxes.

I just used scotch tape to hold the paper to the cardboard just as if I was wrapping a present.

Using your ribbon tie a big bow for the top.

I used scotch tape to tape the wire to the back of the cardboard to form a loop to hang it on the door with. If you think yours might blow around a bit you may want to use a stronger tape.

Books to extend the activity:

The Holly Wreath Man by Christopher Scanlon

Anna & Natalie by Barbara Cole

The Christmas Wreath by Dr. James Hoffman