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Paper-Leaf Wreath

Create a beautiful paper holiday wreath inspired by autumn leaves. A pair of pinecones attached to a bow makes a charming accent.

materials

  • Vintage papers

  • 20- and 24-gauge wire

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Glue gun

  • Wire cutters

  • Ribbon

  • Pinecones

  • Drill

steps

  1. Trace leaf template onto papers and cut out. 

  2. Cut 5-inch strips of the 24-gauge wire. 

  3. Attach the wire onto the paper with glue gun. Then, using the craft glue, apply all over the leaves. Place another leaf on top like a sandwich. 

  4. When all leaves are glued and dried, cluster three together and twist the ends of the wires together to secure. 

  5. When all the clusters are done, cut a 47-inch length of the 20-gauge wire and fold in half, twisting together. When done, it should be shaped like a horseshoe, and will serve as your base.

  6. Starting at one end, wrap pipe cleaners around until all wire is covered. 

  7. Take a cluster of leaves and start one inch from the middle. Attach the first cluster by wrapping the wires around the base until secured. Snip off excess wire. 

  8. Keep adding clusters every few inches or so until it starts to take on the form of a wreath. When one side is done, repeat on other side. 

  9. Drill holes in the pinecones; add a piece of wire, and twist together until pinecones are secured. Apply a small amount of hot glue to the sides of the pinecones to make them stay together, then place them in the small space left at the top of your wreath. 

  10. Tie the ribbon. (We suggest using wired ribbon, which can be shaped. You can also coffee-stain and burn ribbon to create an aged effect.) Poke an 8-inch piece of 20-gauge wire through the back of the ribbon and bring the ends of the wire together, twisting a few times to secure. Then place on top of wreath above pinecones, twisting again to secure. Make your loop. 

  11. Shape your wreath and position your leaves. If you have any extra leaves, add them where needed to fill in the wreath.

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