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Project

Autumnal Wreath

Create this beautiful fall wreath to give your front door an extra special touch.

Materials

  • 18-inch wire wreath form
  • Floral tape
  • Leaves treated with glycerin
  • Clippers
  • Decorative ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use an 18-inch wire wreath form and wrap the frame completely with floral tape. This makes a good foundation to rest the leaf bundles.

  2. Step 2

    Clip leaves from branches of pretreated leaves, making sure to clip as much stem as possible. Martha used beech leaves, but you can use any type of leaf.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange five to 10 leaves in smaller bundles by wrapping the stems together with floral tape. 

  4. Step 4

    Starting at the bottom of the frame, lay the bundles on frame and secure them by wrapping around the stems and wire frame with floral tape. For a lush look, make sure the leaves overlap and lay in the same direction. Wrap the floral tape tightly so leaves don't shift when you move the wreath.

  5. Step 5

    When wreath is halfway finished, start adding leaves to other side, making sure that they face the opposite direction as the first side. (As an alternative design technique, you can keep them facing the same direction all the way around.)

  6. Step 6

    Continue laying the bundles until you nearly cover the entire wreath frame. Leave a space at the top of the wreath that's about 1/2 the width of your finishing ribbon. Tie a square knot at the top of the form with decorative ribbon and let the trailing ends hang down the center of the wreath.

  7. Step 7

    When the season is over, store the wreath in a box that's big enough so that the leaves and the frame don't get crushed. With careful care, your wreath can last years.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, June 2007

Reviews (10)

  • 25 Nov, 2008

    I made this wreath. Sometimes the florists' did not stick, so on the back of the wreath I had to use masking tape in places. Still, once I finished it I had a very pretty wreath. What I especially like is that this wreath is a full circle of color. I've seen far too many wreaths this season where half the wreath is bare of ornament! To see brown branches is not my cuppa. This is better!

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This wreath is beautiful and like a lot of other crafts, would be more beautiful in person with the vibrant colors. It would take a lot of time and leaves to make so I would want to make sure it is stored carefully so it can be used in future years..

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    There are directions on the website for glycerin leaves. Hard to find the glycerin in large enough quantities though. Couldn't get at my drugstore.. could only find small bottles in cake decorating section of party store.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I like this- they are using real leaves and would look very nice in person. THe bow may be distracting, but last time I checked all the leaves at Joannes etc are artifical .

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    I agree with ellewoods - I'd rather see less frequent and better ideas than this crap.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This is a really nice wreath.. I thiink I am going to make somelthing lilke this
    Vigdis in Norway

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    This is a really nice wreath.. I thiink I am going to make somelthing lilke this
    Vigdis in Norway

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    THIS WREATH IS NOT WORTHY OF MARTHA STEWART. It is similar to ones that can be seen at Michael's or JoAnn Fabric.

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets3/general/AUG87PR... seems to have info on how to treat them...but Martha mentioned in the video is was better to just buy them.....

  • 21 Sep, 2008

    how do you treat the leaves with glycerin? What is the procedure?