Thanksgiving is almost here and soon after I will be decorating my house for Christmas.  There are many artistic and unique ideas where you can make DIY Holiday Wreaths for Christmas decorations and I came up with a fun way to use Paper Plates.  I’d like to share one of my favorite ideas for decorating for the holidays which makes a great project to do with your children too.

Paper Plates Make Beautiful DIY Holiday Wreaths

Paper plates are the perfect way to make your DIY holiday wreaths unique and individual.  Your children will want to help or make their own.  Fun classroom project!

Supplies for DIY Holiday Wreaths:

  • 12” diameter wreath
  • 6 foot roll of 2” wide holiday ribbon
  • Decorative pipe cleaner OR Green plant wire (need wire cutter)
  • 9” colorful holiday paper plates
  • Hole puncher

DIY Holiday Wreaths Paper Plates supplies include a wreath, ribbon, pipe cleaners, paper plates, and a hole puncher. | OrnamentShop.com

Step 1 (optional): If you have young children and only have white paper plates handy, your children can color or decorate them with holiday themed drawings such as candy canes, holly leaves, snowflakes, Santa, gingerbread men, etc. Anything that will make your DIY holiday wreaths unique to your family or holiday decor.

Step 1 of the DIY Holiday Wreath is to optionally color in the plates, draw pictures of Santa and other holiday figures on the plates, or use stickers to decorate the plates. | OrnamentShop.com

Step 2: Using a single hole puncher or craft hole cutter, make a hole in the paper plate about 1” from the top of the design.

Step 2 of the DIY Holiday Wreath is to make a hole at the top with the hole puncher. | OrnamentShop.com

Step 3: Insert the plant wire or pipe cleaner through the hole and secure to the wreath.

Step 3 is to insert a pipe cleaner through the hole and twist it. | OrnamentShop.com

Step 4: After cutting 6 feet of the ribbon, fold in half and wrap the middle of the ribbon around the top of the wreath and tie once.

Step 4 is to tie a long piece of ribbon into a bow around the top of the greenery and let it dangle. | OrnamentShop.com

Step 5: Hang the wreath from a window latch, railing or other secure means such as a nail.  Extra ribbon can either hang down or be curled using scissors.  Repeat for the quantity desired except vary the hanging height of each wreath by reducing the ribbon length.

Step 5 is to hang your DIY Holiday Wreath in your home. | OrnamentShop.com

Tips For DIY Holiday Wreaths Using Paper Plates: 

  • You can obtain artificial wreaths in many sizes from craft stores.  I recommend using artificial wreaths, rather than fresh ones so you can keep your wreath and use over again.
  • Using different colored holiday paper plates, whether homemade or store bought provides a colorful, decorative display.
  • The wreaths look good in front of windows, but can be hung from anywhere.
  • Smaller DIY holiday wreaths will also work – just use smaller paper plates.
  • Ornaments or other little Christmas decorations can be hung inside the DIY holiday wreaths instead of the plate.
  • Coordinate your ribbon with the paper plate colors.  Solid red, green, or print ribbon goes well with Christmas plates; blue ribbon looks good with Hanukah plates.

If you need miniature ornaments to decorate your wreath, check out these jewel-tone colored miniature glass ball ornaments that come in a set of 27.

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