In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.
The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.
When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.
Glue ( I just used white school glue.)
Ribbon, twine or yarn
Foam or paint brush
- Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
- Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
- Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
- Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.