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.
What you need to make a fresh autumn leaf wreath:
- Wire cutters
- Embroidery hoop
Pick out your leaves. I took my wire right to the park and just put together bundles of five leaves at a time.
*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.