Monday, November 24, 2014

Golden Fall Leaves Wreath

Several weeks ago, I shared an easy wreath tutorial over at Jennifer Rizzo's blog. I am reposting it here today! If you are buried in snow, like me right now, you would need to use faux leaves for this project, but it is still easy and festive. You could also change out the acorns and feathers for berries and pinecones to make it Christmasy if you like!

Here is the original post:

I am sharing a quick and easy fall wreath today. This wreath is versatile enough to go from early fall all the way through Thanksgiving. Autumn is my favorite time of year, and I get so excited to decorate my home for it. I especially love creating my own decor pieces that don't cost much and take little time. I am a busy mom of a 2 and 3 year old, so my time is very limited, which makes projects like these so enjoyable. I finished it during their afternoon nap! 

Here is a list of supplies and tools that I used:
-Straw wreath available at craft stores
-Several dried or faux leaves in a variety of sizes
-Metallic gold spray paint
-Glue gun
My three year old daughter and I had collected several leaves from our yard to make projects with, which had all dried out. I selected ones that were in good shape and as flat as possible.
Next, I laid out a drop cloth on my back patio and sprayed the backs of all them with metallic gold spray paint. Once the backs dried, I flipped them all over and sprayed the fronts.
The paint dried very quickly, so they were ready to use!
I started by gluing one leaf down and then another slightly on top of the previous one and kept going all the way around in that manner.
As I was gluing the leaves, I was careful to vary the sizes so as not too have too many large or small ones in a row. The paint gives the dried leaves some strength, so they weren't as brittle, but I was still careful with placing them, so they didn't tear or break.
Once all of the leaves were in place, it still needed a little something more to finish it off, so I started by adding three brown feathers on the inside. I purchased the feathers at a craft store and they were relatively inexpensive. I simply pushed the pointed ends into the straw wreath in a placement that I liked.
Then to finish it off completely, I hot glued two acorns near the bottom. So easy!
This wreath is prefect if you prefer a more neutral autumn and Thanksgiving style for your decor. It could grace the front door to greet your guests, but would also look great indoors in a fall vignette or above a mantel.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give this wreath a try!

Till next time...
~Alice W.

This post originally appeared on Jennifer Rizzo's blog on October 16, 2014.