Fall Leaf Wreath

Fall Leaf Wreath 6

I’m not sure how it came about, but making wreaths from scratch has become one of my favourite DIYs in recent years. I love coming up with an idea  and seeing it come to fruition – sometimes better than I’d planned.

Fall Leaf Wreath 1

I spent about 20 minutes gathering these leaves from the local park. They all came from the same tree, so they were the same general shape, but they had a good variance of colour, which I liked. I divided my pile in half, and set one half aside.

Fall Leaf Wreath 2

Then I got out my craft paint and paint brushes.

Fall Leaf Wreath 3

Then I started painting the other half of the leaves. Nothing too elaborate or detailed – just something to make the leaf still interesting to look at once it’s shriveled and turned brown.

Fall Leaf Wreath 4

I did this for a while.

Fall Leaf Wreath 8

Like, an hour or so.

Fall Leaf Wreath 11

My favourites are the ones I painted with glitter paint, so the leaf colour shines through but then the light catches on the glitter and they’re just lovely.

Fall Leaf Wreath 13

Then I cut out a half-assed circle from some scrap cardboard. Yep, that’s freehand. No sense in being perfect on something that doesn’t need to be perfect.

Fall Leaf Wreath 15

While the painted leaves were drying, I took my hot glue gun and started attaching the unpainted leaves to the cardboard ring.

Fall Leaf Wreath 16

I tried to line it up mostly along the edges, with the larger leaves on the outside and smaller ones on the inside.

Fall Leaf Wreath 17

Then I filled in the centre a bit, because I knew the leaves would get wrinkly as they dried up over time.

Fall Leaf Wreath 18

Then I started inserting the painted leaves under and over and around.

Fall Leaf Wreath 19

Finally got every single one on there.

Fall Leaf Wreath 21

The whole thing, in poor lighting.

Fall Leaf Wreath 26

A snippet of one side, for the detail.

Fall Leaf Wreath 22

I tacked it to my front door, which is sheltered from the elements. I’m interested to see how it’s going to look in a week or two once the leaves go brown – you can see that just after one day they’re starting to curl already. I’ll add a photo when it gets there.

Fall Leaf Wreath 31

 

***EDIT***

And here it is, fully shriveled. I like how it turned out!

Fall Leaf Wreath 37

Fall Leaf Wreath 36