How can you make Wreaths from recycled cardboard?

One of the missions of Reschool is to makes recycling and upcycling easier and more accessible for schools. One of the ways we are going to help is by providing regular ideas for recycling projects that you could do in your educational setting. This first idea looks at reusing cardboard, the cardboard we reused here is from our paper delivery. Now rather than look at it and put it in the recycling bin for it to be hopefully be used we thought. What else could we do with it? Is there another purpose it could still serve?

We thought for a seasonal twist we could think of some kind of Christmas or winter decoration and quickly settled on a Wreath. This would be a simple activity to do with smaller children, but they may need supervision with cutting out the cardboard.

Step 1.

Flatten out the cardboard boxes and separate the box so that children have a nice flat rectangle to get started with.

Step 2.

Cut out a circle that is around 10 – 15 cm in diameter, if a child is doing this make sure they are supervised to ensure that they don’t hurt themselves.

Step 3.

Use something soft such as Blue Tac or play dough and put it underneath the middle of the circle. Then poke a hole through from the other side with a sharp pencil. The pencil should go through into the Blue Tac or Play dough, again take care with small children.

Step 4.

Use this hole in the centre of the circle to cut out the middle, leaving a ring; this should be 2-4 centimetres depending on the diameter of the Wreath.

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Step 5.

Now use wool or a soft fabric (especially if it is recycled) and wrap it around the ring, if you want to be particularly secure you could use fabric glue or a glue gun.

Step 6.

Add embellishments or decorations to your wreath to give it a more seasonal feel.

Step 7.

Review it, what do you think?

Final thoughts

Cardboard is widely recycled but this is a nice, fun project that can be done and can even be a nice way to ‘dip your toes’ into recycling projects in your educational setting. The children really enjoyed this and they were actually sold in a Christmas Craft exhibition the money to be spent on future things, maybe even Eco projects.