Are you searching for a fun natural Christmas craft for kids? If so, then you’ll love this DIY Christmas square stick wreath preschoolers can make! This natural Christmas craft for preschoolers will help build fine motor skills and give them a chance to get creative while making an easy nature craft to make for a Christmas gift or Christmas decoration.
Why should I do Christmas craft projects with the kids?
Chances are, come December, your kids are bouncing off the walls. The anticipation of Christmas is intense. (It’s also a great time to review emotions because ALL the big emotions come out to play: excitement, impatience, joy, sadness, anger, frustration… so many big emotions.)
It can be hard to get kids to concentrate on their learning goals when all they are thinking about is when the presents are going to arrive under the Christmas tree.
Making Christmas crafts with kids is important because they:
- Improve fine motor skills.
- Give an outlet for the overwhelming amount of energy.
- Boost creativity and imagination.
- Encourage independent thinking.
- Boost teamwork skills.
Creating homemade Christmas ornament crafts is a fun way to get excited for the holidays and make Christmas gifts for parents from the kids. Or maybe grandparents or a special teacher?
Have the kids attach a homemade Christmas card and you’ve got the perfect, inexpensive Christmas present!
This natural Christmas stick craft will make an excellent homemade gift for anyone on your preschoolers’ list. And parents don’t have to worry about having ‘one more thing’ to store at the season because this is an art project they’ll definitely want to keep.
How to Make Christmas Stick Frame with kids?
Supplies Needed for Natural Christmas Stick Frame
- Dry twigs
- Felt fabric
- Craft glue
- Cutting Pliers (for adult use only)
- Craft Wire
Of course, you could always use popsicle sticks to make the frame, but I love a natural touch at Christmas. It seems more personal than the traditional popsicle stick crafts, though we do love them too.
Plus, it’s so easy to find a few dead sticks right now to make Christmas crafts ideas like this. And while you’re out there gathering sticks, you can grab a bunch of pinecones to make the fun pine cone crafts that are so popular in the winter.
How to make this Natural Christmas craft for kids
With just a handful of supplies, you’ll be able to work with your preschoolers to create a DIY Square Wreath Christmas Craft for Kids in no time. I have the easy step by step tutorial with photos below to help you make this Christmas tree craft for kids today!
Quick tip: When working with a group of kids or when containing the mess is important (I’m all about free play too, but sometimes we know we’ll need to to a quick clean up afterward…) I like to place a paper plate under the crafting supplies to keep everyone’s pieces from getting mixed together.
- Cut out the flower pieces
Select red, green and yellow felt fabric for the flower. Trace and cut out 10 lens shape petals from the red felt. Trace and cut out leaf patterns from the green felt and a small round shape form yellow felt. Trace 3 small strips with ball shaped sides on yellow felt and cut them out nicely. The size of the petals and the 3 yellow patterns should be relatively the same and size of the leaves can be the same or larger than the petals.
- Make the flower petals
Make a thin fold along the middle line of the petals and leaves and glue half way along the middle fold. This gives the petals and leaves a 3D look.
A cool temp hot glue gun is perfect for this project. The kids love feeling ‘grown-up’ by using a hot glue gun and the temperature is safe for little hands.
- Create the flower base
Cut out a round base from any colored felt as you want for the flower.
- Build the flower
Attach 5 petals around the outer edge of the base, keeping the open ends of the petals facing outwards.
Now attach the rest of the petals on the base, inside the previous outer layer of petals; keeping the closed ends of the petals on the center of the base.
Now attach the 3 yellow patterns on the center, by placing them criss-cross. And then attach the small yellow circle on the center to complete the flower.
- Create beaded center for the flower
Cut out 4 or more small pieces of wire and twist them all together halfway through their length.
Attach small beads on the edge of each of the wire’s open end.
- Prepare the sticks for the wreath
Determine the size of the wreath and cut out dry twigs accordingly.
Larger wreaths make a pretty wall hanging and smaller wreaths make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments.
- Create the stick Christmas wreath base
Attach the dry twigs together on 4 sides to form a square wreath pattern. You can attach more than 1 twig on each side.
Grab the beaded wire and the felt wire and the square twig frame.
- Add the Christmas flower to the wreath
Attach the felt flower on the twig frame. Also attach the felt leaves around the flower. Attach the beaded wire as well.
Attach beads and more leaves to the frame if you want to. Attach a hanging mechanism on the back side.
A perfect fine motor Christmas craft for preschoolers or older kids! Perfect for Christmas gift-giving!
You can grab a Cool Shot glue gun here to make creating the felt flowers a breeze!