Pine needle paper plate wreaths are simply beautiful

Paper plate wreaths are a pretty common activity to make in preschool but when my students made their pine needle paper plate wreaths, I thought they were simply beautiful…

We have a wreath hanging on our classroom door that has pine needles, pinecones, and berries on it.  I shared the wreath with my students before sending them off to the art table. At the art table, the children found paper plates (with the center already cut out of them), pine needles, pinecones, red paint, and glue…

The children easily understood what to do with the materials and went right at it. The children added glue to the paper plate first…

Perhaps the narrow plate made the children naturally leery of adding too much glue but this process requires lots of glue, so I did have to stop by and encourage the children to keep adding more glue.  In fact, the more glue the better…

Once there is lots of glue on the paper plate, it is time to start decorating….

The children added pine needles and a pine cone to their paper plate…

The pine needles didn’t lay flat on the paper plate and the pine cone was rather large so this is why lots of glue was needed. The children arranged their pieces around the plate then added some paint “berries”to finish it off and to add some color…

The children squeezed red paint on top of their pine needles to make their berries…

Some of the children made dots for berries and other children preferred to make squiggly lines around the paper plate and over the pine needles…

And one child decided to make her wreath quite simple which I thought was unique and lovely too…

The children did an amazing job making their wreaths and once they finished adding berries, we set them aside to dry overnight…

I was worried that the pine needles and pinecones might not stick to the paper plates very well, but the next day – everything was sticking just enough to stay in place yet still branch out away from the paper plate. The children’s wreaths actually turned out just as beautiful as our wreath on the door. No, they were more beautiful than our wreath on the door!..

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By |2017-03-28T22:27:04+00:00December 10th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Stacy @ Share&Remember December 10, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I like that they were given opportunity to use real items on their wreaths. I’m sure they were very proud of them! 🙂

  2. Lorie December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

    What a great project! Normally I have to tell my son to use a little LESS glue so this will be right up our alley!

  3. Paula Hrbacek December 10, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I made a similar project for fall using circles cut from old file folders, and peel and stick fun foam leaves. Overlap the leaves like scales on a fish, and put a ribbon bow over the beginning/end spot. For more children’s crafts that can be used in youth groups, after school care and schools, please subscribe to my column and get free email updates.

  4. Jessica December 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I’m going to have to try it with my preschool! Thanks!

  5. Julie Locke December 11, 2012 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I also love your pine needle wreaths. I especially like how the red paint added a “berry” look without having to actually glue on berries – very cute.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      That was my favorite part Julie!

  6. Lindea December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    LOVE! So pretty and easy . . . and smells great too 🙂

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