Here is a simple idea for an easy Christmas Craft to create with your elementary students. We make these puzzle piece ornaments every year in second-grade for parent gifts. They are inexpensive to make and parents love them and can have them on their Christmas trees year after year.
All you need are puzzle pieces, a one-inch ring cut out of cardstock or tag board, some green and red paint, a student photo and a bow. The bows we use we find at Dollar Tree as well as the puzzles.
Teacher hack: Use inexpensive red fingernail polish for the berries on the wreath.
This year, I used my Cricut machine to cut out the rings (Best idea ever!) The centers were perfect circles which we used to make our gift tags. I will never. cut. out. circles. again. ever.
There is a template for the wreath ring in my Freebies page in both an svg file, and a pdf file.
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In our classroom, we create this parent gift in a few stages to let the glue dry. First, students glue the puzzle pieces around the ring, and two layers tall has worked best for us. Students can use either the shiny side with the puzzle image or the back, cardboard side. Both sides work, they just create a different finish.
Secondly, once the glue has dried, we paint the puzzle pieces green. For this step, if you are in a bit of a time crunch, you can spray paint the wreaths.
Then, students use the red fingernail polish to create the berries. The bows I found this year had a twist tie in the center which was perfect for attaching them to the ring.
To create the student photos, I use my iPhone in Portrait Mode and the Stage Light setting. This setting will create a circle around the person and makes everything else black. No more fooling around with the dollar tablecloths #amen
Once I have taken all the photos, I use the Walgreens app and send them to be processed. I cut them out to fit the ring and hot glue the student picture to the back of the ring, and pop in a piece of ribbon for a hanger.
Finally, use another ring or a complete circle to seal the back with a bit more hot glue. Wrap up in a bit of tissue and you have a parent gift they will treasure for years!