Bored at work one day this week I searched Etsy for a paper leaf wreath. Holy cow-super expensive…but super cute too! So I made my own!
I knew I wanted to put it in my living room so I pulled out a bunch of scrapbooking papers that I thought would look good in there.
Then I found a box to use as the foundation for my wreath. I have no idea where I got this box from-I don’t eat Tilapia. I ended up using two lids from my Wolfgang Puck cookware to make the outer and inner circles.
Then I cut out both circles
And picked the papers I liked the best.
Then I drew out a basic leaf shape and traced it over, and over, and over again. Then I cut them.all.out. That took forever!
While I like the ones where all the leaves lay flat I decided I wanted this one to have more dimension. I folded each leaf in half length wise and then put a staple in at the end so it would kind of curl up. Then I placed the two outside leaves on the cardboard first and then put the one down in the middle. I put a couple staples in each row just to keep it secure. I didn’t have any pattern to choosing which colors and patterns would go where. I just picked one up and if I liked it I stapled it down.
Then I worked my way around
Until all the cardboard was covered. You can see that I had some problems with the inside ring of leaves. I wanted them all to be sticking straight out to the center of the wreath but I seemed to have lost my way somewhere. It doesn’t bother me enough to redo this one but I’ll try to pay more attention when I make more.
Originally I planned for it to go above the door out to the entryway but it was just too small.
So I put it next to the door instead.
This project was (mostly) free! I had all the supplies on hand (I say mostly because I did buy them all at some point) so not only did I not have to shell out any money to complete it, I also didn’t have to take off my sweats to leave the house! I think from start (picking out the papers) to finish (hanging it on the wall) this project took me about three episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.
Right now I want to make one for every room but I’m holding back-I could easily end up with one on every wall in every room!