A few weeks ago I told you about 10 yards of burlap that I scored at Joanne’s for about 60% off. I had no idea what I was going to do with all that fabric (I still don’t) but here’s the first project I’ve come up with. Of course, it only used about 1/4 yard of the fabric, but hey, every little bit helps.
The material list for this project is pretty simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wreath frame in size of choice. I used a 17″ which cost less than $3.00 at Joanne’s.
- Fabric or paper of choice. I used two different kinds of fabric, and two different kinds of decorative paper. You can use as few or as many colors and patterns as you like.
- Glue *the glue in the picture is simple white glue, but I ended up using hot glue. It was a LOT easier.*
I free handed a leaf shape and cut it out and used it as template. The size will depend on what you want. You can use a real leaf if you so desire for the shape. The ‘leaves’ I used were about 2″ long. I didn’t cut all the leaves at once. It’s a bit tiring, plus I wasn’t sure how many I would need so I just did a couple dozen and got started. To speed up the leaf cutting process, I used two or three layers of fabric at a time. With the paper, I used about four layers. This really helped!
At first, it seemed a little time consuming and I thought I had gotten myself into something I was going to regret, but then I got into a rhythm and things went pretty quick.
Turn the wreath form so the back is facing up and insert the leaves as shown. Glue the bottom and fold up across the frame wire. Continue around until you’ve filled the entire wreath.
Lately, my camera has been acting strange. I’ve noticed pictures have been out of focus, and I thought I figured out what the problem was, but it turns out somehow the ‘auto-focus’ mode was switched somehow to ‘manual-focus’! Ugh! Well, I apologize for the fuzzy pictures but now I know and it won’t happen again.
I like the versatility of this project. You can use leaves as large or as small as you like (larger ones are easier and the project will go faster) and really get creative with patterns and/or colors. This particular wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving into Christmas if you’ve got a rustic or country vibe going on.
(Since I had the fabric and paper already, my only cost was the frame, but there is so little fabric that you need to make this, there’s no way this wreath would cost much more than that unless you’re buying very expensive fabric.)