So I’ve been on the lookout for Fall decor ideas that I can make that don’t all look the same. Each year I buy the simple pumpkin, gord and squash decor from Hobby Lobby, and find crafts to make with leaves and twigs. This year I wanted something different. I wanted a brighter color, not just orange, red and yellow in my house. I LOVE wreaths (I have four in my house, oops!) and I decided to go with felt leaves for this wreath. I went to Joann’s and searched for some Fall ish colors as well as bright cute colors to blend in.
I had an extra wreath laying around in my craft bins, but you can pick one up at Joann’s or Michaels for $3.99. Sheets of felt are 49 cents where I live so I was able to pick up a handful of colors at a cheap price.
Wreath (any size you want)
Felt sheets of any color you prefer
Wire cutters (some floral wire comes with a wire cutter attached)
One sheet of white card stock
Next, take your card stock paper and cut a leaf template out on it. However big or small you want your leaves to be, for this I kind of just winged my leaf and liked how it turned out on the first try, then went back and softened the edges later. Now, cut your leaf out and use your one pin to pin it to the felt. It makes it SO much easier to cut around the leaf template while it’s pinned instead of trying to hold the paper and felt and maneuver around with your scissors. SCORE.
Cut as many leaves as you want, I went with two leaves of each color and then ended up cutting several extras at the end to fill in random spots on my wreath.
Before you do anything else, plug in your glue gun and let it heat up. You’ll need it right after the next step.
Now for the wire stems. Unravel your wire and cut a bunch of wire stems about 4 inches in length. That gives you enough length to glue onto each leaf and also to wrap around the wreath twigs to secure each wire.
Take each leaf and glue a small line at the bottom center of the leaf, and stick about ½ inch of the wire stem right in the glue, so the rest is hanging out the bottom of the leaf, and fold the felt just around the wire, like I did in the photo. Pinch the leaf tight while the glue dries. Once you finish putting all of your leaves on their stems, you are ready to attach them on to your wreath! This part takes the longest, but still only about 15 minutes.
Where you place each leaf depends on what you want the finished product to look like. I started my leaves on the inside of my wreath, and separated them about 2 inches apart. Just enough for the leaf to cover the wire in front of it. Once I completed the whole inside area, I moved to the outer part of the wreath. You get to choose which colors will come next, and it’s fun getting to see the wreath coming together with all of it’s pretty colors!
After you’re done you might see some spots in the middle that need a leaf or two, which is what happened to me. I went back and looked at all of my felt and decided which colors I wanted to add more of (ended up being more purple and maroon).
I didn’t want a super big wreath so I stuck with the smaller one I had in my closet. But this craft works great if you want a big wreath for your front door or window, just make sure to cut more leaves (maybe 3-4 of each color) so you have enough!
There you go! How exciting! I love the way my bright colored wreath turned out. Make sure to comment and post pictures of your wreath if you decide to make one like this! Enjoy!