DIY – Autumn Leaves Paper Wreaths

While I’m busy getting ready for a local fundraiser, I thought I would share some of my autumn paper wreathes. These are fun to make.

The colors here say "Thanksgiving" to me.

The colors here say “Thanksgiving” to me.

I’ve made three different autumn paper leaves over the years. While I love them all, the one above is my favorite.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath

Some time back, I saw a burlap-leaf wreath kit in a catalog. Now I don’t particularly care for burlap, but it got me thinking that it would be fun to make a wreath of my own using paper leaves. I have no idea how big the wreat was in the kit, and I can’t even remember which catalog I saw it in But that’s usually the best way for me to go about a project —with a semi-vague idea of what I want to make. That way I’m on my own and not trying to make something exactly the way someone else did.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle. I used a dinner plate as my template.

This was just a fun project where I didn’t worry about using archival materials. Some of the papers are probably archival, but the cardboard I used for the back of the wreath is definitely not. I used one of my dinner plates as a template for the circle. A compass would work as well, but I tend to work with whatever is close at hand when I jump into a project.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

Here is how I started my first paper wreath.

For my leaves, I made a template out of card stock. After making a shape I liked, I cut it out of the card stock. The template is the shape of half a leaf, so I would cut out a piece of paper 1 and 1/2″ wide and 3 and 1/2″ long, fold it in half, trace around my leaf template in pencil then cut it out. Do you have any idea how many leaves I had to make? Cutting out all those leaves took a lot of time. But, I love the result. I used PVA as my glue because it was nearest to me, but just about any craft glue would work. You could even use a glue gun.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

This was my first Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath.

My first wreath came out fairly well, but it turned out that I hadn’t alligned the leaves as well as I could have. To solve that problem on my second wreath, I drew concentric circles about 1″ apart and lot of radius lines so I could make sure my leaves were all pointing towards the center of the circle.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

Here you can see the concentric circles I drew on the cardboard to help me line up the leaves.

It kind of looks like a dart board or archery target. I also made my cardboard base a bit larger as I decided I wanted a slightly larger wreath than the first one. Mat board or foam core could also work for the backing of the wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath.

My finished Autumn Paper Leaves Wreath

While it takes a little bit of time to cut out the leaves, I think the result is worth the effort.

Enjoy , Candy

 

 

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