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How to Make an Easy Autumn Leaf Wreath

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This Autumn leaf wreath looks gorgeous in the window with light shining through the fall leaves. Beautiful and super simple to make!

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This gorgeous and super easy Autumn leaf wreath is the perfect fall craft! You can use all of those leaves you’ve been collecting and making it will be just as much fun for you as it is for your kids. Bonus: you get a lovely decoration for your door, too!

You can make one of these wreaths with materials you already have on hand, too. If you’ve decorated and preserved some leaves, this is a great way to show them off!

How to Make An Autumn Leaf Wreath

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MATERIALS

*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 we really like 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 also try metallic Sharpies (or other permanent markers).

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint leaves

    First, paint your leaves with metallic paint. You can paint leaf sections, images, shapes, dots, or trace the veins. Or you can use metallic Sharpies and decorate with doodles.

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - Painting Autumn Leaves

  2. Let paint dry

    While you do so, you can admire the newly painted leaves with the light streaming through them and imagine how lovely a wreath of these beauties would look in the window.

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - Painted Autumn Leaves

  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.

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - Assemble materials for an autumn leaf wreath

  4. Begin to glue

    Run a line of hot glue along a small section of the embroidery hoop…

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - Assembling an Autumn Leaf Wreath

    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.

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - Assembling an Autumn Leaf Wreath

  5. Keep going!

    Continue until your embroidery hoop is filled with a wreath of leaves.

    Create This Simple DIY Autumn Leaf Wreath For Fall - The back of the Autumn leaf wreath

  6. Add string or ribbon

    Tie or glue a loop of ribbon or string to the hoop to use for hanging.

    Adding a Hanging Hook to the Autumn leaf wreath

Hang in a sunny window and admire!

Autumn Leaf Wreath Detail

Isn’t it just gorgeous? We love the variety of leaf colors, shapes, sizes, and vein patterns, but you could do this with all one kind of leaf if you wanted.

Do you think you’ll make a beautiful Autumn leaf wreath for your own window?

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Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!

And be sure to check out our FALL family fun list in our Amazon store! It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn. Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

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How to Make an Easy Autumn Leaf Wreath
  • Chris @thinlyspread
    September 29, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Oh didn’t yours turn out well?! Such a beautiful thing to make and so easy! I passed by the Hungarian oaks which were my leaf source and they are changing colour – it’s time to make another one! Thank you so much for featuring my wreath in your lovely post! C x

    • Jean Van't Hul
      September 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Oh, you’re so welcome, Chris! I just love yours! And yes, probably time to make another! :)

  • Dena
    September 29, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Simply beautiful!

  • The Little Tourist
    September 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This wreath is beautiful! I was just thinking about making a leave wreath yesterday! lol!

  • Anna
    September 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Beautiful – I can see a whole window with these hanging down at different heights.

  • Cristal
    September 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is beautiful. I’m desperate to start making things with fall leaves, but ours are only just beginning to turn. Soon.

  • Alice @ Mums Make Lists
    September 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    This is so pretty – we made leaf bunting last year and can’t wait to try a wreath although leaves only just starting to turn in London and most still very green

  • Jeanine
    September 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Jean these are stunning! Perfect! Geez, I am convinced YOU will NOT ever run out of fresh new exciting ideas to use as Suncatchers: hint hint idea for your next book ? Thank you for sharing, this will work perfect for our latest leaf hunting walk!

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