I was thinking of some ways to spruce up my old Fall wreath. I looked around for a new one, but couldn’t find anything that I liked. So I took my old wreath and decoupaged a star to use in the middle. It still needed something else. I wanted to sew some fabric leaves and add them to the wreath, but since I don’t have a machine that works, the next best thing were scissors and my trusty glue gun.
I leaves out of some cute Amy Butler fabric that I had in my craft room. Then I found some twigs and branches in my backyard to glue the fabric leaves to.
And voila — a new Fall wreath. It’s easy to do!
If you want to spruce up your old wreath, this is what you will need:
- A wreath
- Some twigs/branches
- a few different patterns of fabric
- some cardstock
- glue gun
- a star (you can find one at most craft stars). The tutorial on how to decoupage the star is HERE.
- Lay out your twigs and branches (take all of the leaves off)
- Figure out how many leaves you want to make
- Cut out a leaf pattern from the cardstock, then duplicate that leaf for as many leaves that you are going to make (I made 18 leaves – 6 each out of three different fabrics)
- Take the leaf pattern and cut out the leaves from your fabric. You need to cut the fabric leaf a little larger than the carstock leaf. I doubled the fabric so both sides of the leaf perfectly mirror each other
- Once all of the leaves are cut out, Open each fabric leaf and lay a cardstock leaf inside one of the fabric leaves. The correct side of the fabric should be face-down.
- Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the cardboard and inside the edge of the fabric. Then lay the corrdinating leaf over the top — kind of like a sandwich. Press down gently to adhere the two sides of the fabric together. Lay aside.
- Do this for each of the leaves
- Once the leaves are all assembled, run a line of hot glue on the outside of the leaf and attach the end of the twig/branch. Hold gently for a minute until it has cooled slightly.
- Do this with each of the branches/twigs until you are satisfied
- Take each of the twigs/branches and arrange them on the wreath. Don’t attach anything until all parts look pleasing to you.
- Attach each twig/branch with light wire. Wrap the wire around the twig you are attaching and a sturdy part of the wreath. If you don’t have wire, you can use string.
- Hot glue each twig/branch on to your wreath.
- Attach your star by either wiring it onto your wreath or hot gluing it on.
have a creative Friday!
and a great weekend!
A Design Story’s Wreath party!