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Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY: Fall Wreath with Autumn Leaves

DIY fall wreath with autumn leaves

I'm in a crazy fall slash Halloween mood and just can't get enough of pumpkins, the colour orange, PSL, spicy tea and all sorts of fall based decorations. I also absolutely adore when tree leaves start to change their colours. There's nothing more beautiful than a walk in the forest during that time of the autumn to feel the spirit of Indian summer. And guess what, you even need to go for a walk in the forest for this DIY. Where else would you get tons of autumn leaves for free?

So if you like to jazz up your home for different seasons and like to spread some fall feeling, but don't want to spend a lot of money and time, this DIY is perfect for you. I made my wreath within an hour.

supplies for a atumn leaves wreath

Supplies you need:
  • a wreath, I used one made out of straw
  • florist's wire, I used one in the color silver, but it's actually better to choose a color more suitable for autumn leaves, like green or red
  • autumn leaves
  • Chinese lanterns
  • hot glue gun & hot glue
  • hairspray 
  • ribbon

How to make your own fall wreath

DIY fall wreath

Circuit your wreath with a first layer of leaves. Use big leaves for this layer, as they serve to cover up the whole wreath. Try to serve your most beautiful leaves for the second layer. When doing your first layer, try to always line up the leaves the same way. I chose to arrange them with their stem down. Tuck one end of your wire in the wreath and start winding your wire around the wreath, adding leave for leave. Try to overlap the leaves a little bit, like that the florist's wire won't be seen.
After finishing your first layer, spray on some hairspray on your wreath.


make your own fall inspired wreath with colorful leaves

Exactly the same like step 1, only that you should use prettier and tinier leaves, as this will be top and visible layer.
Don't forget applying some hairspray. It makes your leaves much more sustainable. The other end of the wire can just be stuck in the wreath to make it disappear.


fall wreath with chinese lanterns

Plug in your hot gun to warm the glue. As soon as the glue is liquid you can start to stick on your chinese lanterns. Make sure to press them on tight enough without destroying any of the lanterns. Of course you can also add other decorations, like acorns, plastic fruits, cones, autumn flowers, etc.
If you like to hang up your wreath like I did, tie a ribbon around the wreath and hang it up.

My autumn wreath now hangs on my entrance door and every time I come home and look at it, it makes me smile. Isn't it great when quick to do DIY's turn out to be little treasures? And it's even more fun when something like that happens unplanned.

Wish you a nice day and send you some Indian summer yey's!


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