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Autumn Leaf Wreath Kids Can Help Make

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When writers talk about "autumn's splendor," this is what they are describing.

The autumn leaves here in our neighborhood have been nothing short of spectacular.  Really.  This one tree alone had green, yellow, gold, magenta, burgandy, red, and probably some colors I don’t even know names for.  It was the inspiration for this craft.

I’ve made a version of this in the past, and I put WAY too much work into it.  This version probably took 30 minutes, and that includes gathering the leaves at the local park.

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DIY Fall Leaf Wreath Craft

What you need to make a fresh autumn leaf wreath:

  • Leaves
  • Wire*
  • Wire cutters
  • Embroidery hoop
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This craft cost approximately $2.00 because the supplies were so simple.

 

Pick out your leaves.  I took my wire right to the park and just put together bundles of five leaves at a time.

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Stack five leaves on top of each other and wrap with a short piece of wire.

 

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Lay the leaf bundles around the embroidery hoop, overlapping each bundle and coiling the wire around each bunch to affix it to the embroidery hoop.

 

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The back of your autumn leaf wreath will look like this as you work your way around it.

 

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This is what the leaf wreath looks for fresh. As it dries, the leaves curl up. It's a totally different look but also beautiful.

 

*Frugal tip:  Instead of floral wire, I used “trip wire.”  It was way easier to work with, and hubby picked it up for $0.99 at the army surplus store. Alternatively, the Dollar Store also has floral wire that will work for this project.

What I Learned the Hard Way:  Sometimes I overcomplicate things.  The last time I did this project, it required an entire room and three days as I pressed and dried the leaves and wired them to a huge wreath frame.  You know what, this one is just as beautiful.  Also, if you hang it outside in the autumn/winter, it will likely not dry out as quickly.

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One comment for “Autumn Leaf Wreath Kids Can Help Make”

  1. Wow, that looks BEAUTIFUL! So fun for kids. I can’t wait to get mine started. Thanks for the fun and decorative way to celebrate FALL!

    Posted by Nicholas | October 10, 2012, 6:28 pm

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