Okay, my friends. I made an autumn leaf wreath the other day that I am so much in love with. It just makes me happy every time I look at it. Plus it was super simple to make!
I was inspired by a few drop-dead gorgeous leaf wreaths I’ve seen around the web…
And with these ideas in my head, I created one for our home using materials we already had on hand.
Here’s how, in case you want one of these beauties for yourself.
How to Make An Autumn Leaf Wreath
- Autumn leaves*
- Metallic paint, such as gold BioColors** (optional)
- Wood embroidery hoop (I used a 10″)
- Hot glue gun
- String or ribbon for hanging
*Use leaves that art fairly sturdy, already dried, and not too curly. If they’re not dry yet, they might curl and crumple after they are on the wreath. You could use leaves that have been Mod Podged if you like.
**You don’t need to paint your leaves first; the wreath will still be beautiful! But I really liked the addition of metallic designs and accents on the Autumn leaves. Besides metallic paint such as metallic BioColors, metallic activity paint, or metallic acrylic paint, you could try metallic Sharpies (or other permanent markers).
1. Paint leaves
First up, paint your leaves with metallic paint. You can paint leaf sections, images, shapes, dots, or trace the veins. Whatever.
I used gold BioColors, because I had them out for painting some air dry clay leaves I made, but I think just about any kind of metallic paint would do. Or you could go with doodled leaves.
2. Let paint dry
Admire your newly painted leaves with the light streaming through them and imagine how lovely a wreath of these beauties would look in the window.
3. Prep materials
Now heat up your hot glue gun and separate the inner and outer hoops of your wood embroidery hoop. You just need one of them per wreath.
4. Begin to glue
Run a line of hot glue along a small section of the embroidery hoop…
5. Add leaves
And quickly press a leaf over the hot glue, holding it in place for a moment or two to stabilize as the glue cools and dries.
Continue until your embroidery hoop is filled with a wreath of leaves.
Turn the wreath over…
6. Add string or ribbon
And tie or glue a loop of ribbon or string to the hoop to use for hanging.
Hang in a sunny window and admire!
Isn’t it just gorgeous? I love the variety of leaf colors, shapes, sizes, and vein patterns in mine, but you could do this with all one kind of leaf if you wanted.
Our leaf wreath is hanging above our art table and I’m seriously considering making more for the other windows.
Did I say I love it?
So… Ready to make a beautiful Autumn leaf wreath for your own window?
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