Friday, 18 November 2016
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DIY Dog Poop Bag Christmas Wreath + Mini Christmas Tree

Yes. I am that kind of crazy. 💩 Honestly though, this just might be the most useful Christmas wreath ever. As all good dog owners know, you can never have too many poo bags, but you can definitely have too few! 

DIY Christmas wreath made out of dog poop bags

These would be particularly fun crafts for animal welfare charity holiday fundraisers. I would totally buy a raffle ticket for a poo bag wreath (look at all those bags, so worth it!) or buy a mini tree.  After all, I'd have to buy poo bags anyway, right?  Giggles and poo jokes aside, they would also make nifty gifts for dog owners and furfriends.  The mini trees in particular are very affordable, cute, simple, and require only a few minutes to make.  Both crafts come apart into initial materials that can mostly be used, reused, or recycled with limited waste. Pawesome indeed!

Step-by-step how to make a Christmas wreath out of dog poop bags

To make your own dog poop bag wreath like the one shown, you will need a LOT of dog poop bag rolls, preferable green for a Christmassy looking wreath, but feel free to get creative.  This isn't a sponsored post (although poo bag people, feel free to get in touch for a future creative collaboration). I used Beco bags as they are one of our personal favourites.  If you are making this for giving, you want to be confident in your bags, so use a brand you're comfortable with - nobody likes a poopocalypse... poomageddon... pootastrophy...  Poop bag quality really does matter. 

You'll also need scissors, tape, narrow ribbon or cord to individually secure the bags, wide ribbon(s) for decorative accents, cardboard, and a sturdy ring support.  I used a wire lampshade ring, which can be found in craft and/or hardware stores.  I keep one in my craft stash - they're great reusable supports for many round DIY projects, including making homemade wreaths or flower crowns.

✂️  I used white ribbon for attaching the poop bags only to make it easier for you to see what's happening in the step-by-step construction. For aesthetics in an actual project, you should use the same colour as the ribbon wrap on the support cylinder and for green bags I'd recommend using green for both. Inexpensive curling ribbon (used here) is a good option for securing the bags as it is a little bit grippy and come in many colours for matching ribbon to bags, but sadly it will be rubbish after use so feel free to switch to suit your preference. Grip and tight ties are key, as you don't want to tape the ties onto the bag. Nobody likes a holey poop bag! 

  • Cut narrow (approximately 1/2 the size of your poop bag rolls) strips of cardboard and attach securely to your ring support with tape to form a support cylinder. An alternative frame, such as a small segment of pipe or similar can be substituted for the cardboard and ring support, if you prefer.
  • Wrap the support cylinder with ribbon. As you will be able to the front edge in the finished wreath, I recommend using a complimentary shade of green. 
  • Starting from the inside of your cylinder, tightly tie a small length of narrow ribbon or cord to a poop bag roll. See tips above. Loop the ribbon around your support cylinder and tie to secure. Do not trim the ends.  Repeat until the inside of your support cylinder is full.  It is important that this be a tight fit to keep the backs securely in position.  Tips: If your sizing is a little off and you simply can't squeeze the last bag into the circle or are left with a tiny gap, you either can take a few bags off the roll to fit or use a small sturdy placeholder in lieu of a roll. This part of the wreath can be covered when you wrap the ribbon for your bow.  If you need to do it on both sides, make sure the placeholders line up in the same spot.
Option: For a small single-layer wreath, you can skip the outer layer and proceed straight to the ribbon wrap (to cover your support) and decorative bows.
  • Starting from the outside of your cylinder, continue as above, feeding the ribbon through the gaps in your inside bags as you wrap around the cylinder.  Repeat until the outside of your support cylinder is full. 
  • Tie the end of your attachment ribbons together to further secure bags to each other side-to-side and/or inside to outside as length and placement allow.  Trim excess.
  • So that the neat side is the front, turn the wreath over so the working side is at the rear before embellishing. Carefully flip your wreath. The outside will still be a bit loose, so take care and reposition any bags which shift in transition.  You can also press gently to slide the center support a little if/as needed to be even all around.
  • Tie a wide strip of ribbon around the outside of your wreath, finishing at the top. Do this VERY tightly to support and further secure the outside layer of bags.  Option: For added security, you can feed the ribbon through the bags at this top point and tie again and/or double layer the outside ribbon.
  • Embellish with additional ribbon/bows if/as you wish. Tip: If you'd like a wrapped appearance in the front of your bow (as shown), slip a little strip of cardboard around the top bags before you wrap the ribbon.  This will keep the ribbon from sliding into the valleys as you loop it around and tie.
  • Handle with care until disassembly for bag use, and enjoy!

My wreath was made for standing display on the mantle only. All those poop bags are rather heavy for hanging, plus, this craft is more of a (very useful) novelty than a festive decor feature. If you wish to try and hang it, you may need a very sturdy/strong wreath hanger with a hooked end large enough to go all the way under and around your poop bags or other strong support.

Step-by-step how to make a Christmas tree shaped gift out of dog poop bags

To make your own dog poop bag mini Christmas tree like the ones shown, you will need six dog poop bags, scissors, wide ribbon, cardboard, and curling ribbon or a bow to top the tree. They can be scaled larger by increasing the number of bags by +1 for each added layers below, but a larger tree may need extra support on the base.

  • Cut a small strip of cardboard approximately the width of your ribbon and just shy of three poop bag rolls wide. This will help support the base of your tree and keep the pyramid in shape. I cut a piece from my poop bag box. Easy peasy!
  • Place the cardboard on a strip of ribbon.
  • Stack poop bags carefully on top of the ribbon/cardboard, layering three-two-one. 
  • Tie the ribbon tightly at the top to secure.
  • Trim the ends and tuck them under the ribbon to conceal.
  • Embellish the top with ribbon curls or a bow as a star.  All done!  How easy was that!?!

The dogs preferred last year's Christmas dog bone wreath of course, but Humphrey was pretty keen to assist with the recycling duties for this project and happily helped break down the packaging for the recycling. Beco bags come in recyclable cardboard boxes and they have little cardboard tubes inside instead of plastic. Pawesome!  Our dogs LOVE helping with the recycling and I love reducing our household waste - win win!

Dalmatian dog ripping apart cardboard boxes


  1. I noticed that these are biodegradable bags. Have you tried compost bags? I haven't been able to find composting bags that don't split and would like recommendations if you or your readers have any. Thank you! :-)

    1. Hi there! I have but not yet with results I would recommend unfortunately. :( The compostable doggy bags that I've tried so far weren't resilient enough to reliably hold my dog's poo. I endured several poo-tastrophes but finally gave up when I ended up in a manky little pool of pond water trying to wash a full spattered poo off myself so I could get in the car for the return trip from the trail where I was running. It wasn't pretty. Hopefully someday! Let me know if you find one that works well for you!

  2. Hi there! How big is the support you used and how many poo bags did you end up using? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ellie!

      Sorry - this is from two years ago so I'm not sure on dimensions or the quantities. :( You can make the wreath in any size you want, so there's no right/wrong on this one. The key is having a strong base and making sure you get the bags squeezed and tied in tight to hold. Use the hidden space under the wrapping for the bow to adjust. You can take a few bags from the hidden rolls under the ribbon to be a little smaller if needed or use spacers/packers to push things out.

      From a quick look at the picture I'd estimate I used approximately ~42ish rolls (guessing behind the top ribbons, ~25 outside, ~17 inside). Poo bags have some compression give and the last rolls in the ring may also have had a few bags removed to get the perfect tight fit.

      The pre-fab metal ring that I used to reinforce the cardboard set the size for my cardboard support and wreath, and I made it work from there. I still have the ring, but it's in a box somewhere in our half unpacked garage here at the new house so I can't check it for you - sorry! From the squares on the cutting mat, the ring looks to be around 8in/20cm diameter, so the diameter of the finished wreath would have been that plus a little extra for the cardboard, ribbon, and a poop bag roll either side outside the ring. So the finished wreath would have been roughly 26-30cm wide. Not big, but big enough! Very fun on the mantle and then oh my those poop bags lasted for months! Very useful! Hehe...

      Hope that helps! :)


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