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Project

Constructing the Velvet Leaf Wreath and Velvet Covered Acorns

Materials

  • maple, birch, and oak leaves (about 85 total)
  • 14-inch single-wire wreath form
  • brown floral tape
  • Dremel drill or pushpin
  • 24-gauge wire
  • wire cutters
  • wooden beads
  • velvet
  • scissors
  • glue
  • needle
  • thread
  • beads or faux pearls

Steps

  1. Step 1

    1. Working clockwise, add a few leaves at a time, attaching them to the form with a few tight turns of brown floral tape. Layer subsequent leaves so that they cover about half of each leaf that precedes them. Angle the leaves outward slightly so they are not lying flat, giving the wreath fullness. The stems of the final leaves can be slipped under those first put down.

  2. Step 2

    2. With a Dremel drill or pushpin, make two holes in an acorn cap. Cut a 10-inch length of 24-gauge wire; thread it through both holes, so ends come out of cap top. Twist wire ends together. Starting at the cap, wrap wire with floral tape.

  3. Step 3

    3. Select a wooden bead that fits loosely into cap. Cut a piece of velvet large enough to cover the bead, allowing extra fabric at its ends. Cut 5 or 6 small notches into the velvet at one end of the bead. Dot notches and ends of velvet with glue. Roll velvet around the bead. Fold down notches, covering bead end (this end will be covered by cap). Sew a running stitch at other end, and cinch closed. Sew on a small bead or faux pearl. Glue "acorn" into cap.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 75 December/January 1999/2000