This is my first experiment making a wreath. I used the instructions provided at The Red Thread. This is a great “starter” wreath because you don’t have to buy a wreath form and there are no special tools required. There are step-by-step instructions at The Red Thread and I’ve included the steps for my wreath below.
The wreath can be any size, just cut the wreath form accordingly. I had some cardstock in colors I didn’t plan on using (see: shocking orange), so I glued two pieces together so my wreath form would have more structure. Then I used two dinner plates to trace the form.
Cut out the form. Note, it really can be any color that you want to use up. Since the form is flat, it won’t show once it’s covered with leaves.
If you haven’t already, select your colors. I wanted something that would last until I put the Christmas decorations up, so I went with some nice fall colors. The picture may not show it, but the cardstock is slightly textured with lines, which was convenient since I was going to cut leaves out of it.
Next, draw a leaf pattern or download a copy of my leaf pattern by clicking here. I drew mine and cut it out of white cardstock so it was easier to trace. I traced half a leaf on folded stock then cut it out so it would be symmetrical. I left the bottom of the leaf flat so there would be room to staple it to the form.
Use the pattern to cut out a bunch of leaves.
Use a pen or pencil and roll each leaf. This will give the wreath more body and keep it from looking flat.
The Red Thread used about 60 leaves in her wreath. I decided to start with 60 leaves and cut more as needed. I wanted dark brown to be the dominant color, so I cut 36 brown leaves and 24 colored leaves. Of the colored leaves, I cut 6 each of yellow, orange, green and light brown.
Start at the top of the wreath and start stapling leaves down one side of the wreath, alternating colors as needed. There are pros and cons to using staples as opposed to other adhesives. With staples, you have to make sure that you layer the leaves so the staples don’t show. However, if you decide you want to move one of the leaves later, you can unstaple and move it.
After you work your way down one half of the wreath, start back up at the top and staple down the other half of the wreath. Leave some space at the top of the wreath to tie ribbon.
To make the bow, I took three shades of brown ribbon and wrapped them around the top of the wreath. Then I tied a bow in the front. Here is the ribbon from the back. I tied a loop onto the ribbon to hang it.
After tying the bow, I attached some final leaves to the front to cover up the rest of the ribbon so only the bow was showing. I used Zots to attach the final leaves because staples would have shown.
Here is an extra view of the bottom. The leaves point toward each other at the bottom. I added leaves bit by bit from either end to get the look I wanted.
All finished up! I ended up using around 65 leaves. I may make another one of these after the holidays using some nice pattered paper. The wreath is very understated, easy to make, and using the right colors, would look nice at any time of year.
Tips & Ideas
- Hop over to The Red Thread for the original idea and tutorial.
- Click here for a free download of my leaf pattern.
- If using solid cardstock, consider applying a finish to the leaves before stapling to the form, such as Mod Podge. If I try this again, I will probably do this so the wreath has a sheen.
- No wreath form purchase required. Make your own with cardstock, tracing the circle with plates.
- The wreath form will not show. Take the opportunity to use up underutilized paper from your stash.