Real Leaf Wreath

Monday, October 5, 2009

What a strange week! I suddenly decided to embark on a new project that did not involve my sewing machine but it did involve my two little loves, who just don't seem that little anymore!
Our area of the country had a bit of cold and rainy weather (and too early in the season for it too, if you ask me!), which seemed to keep us indoors. By day four we could not stand it another minute!
We bundled up and headed into the rain-driven wind to collect beautiful fall foliage from our neighbors tree (they were not home at the time so we could not ask permission but most of the leaves had fallen into our yard...I promise)!

Once we had enough for the job, we headed back indoors to dry them. This is the quickest way to do it: Place a few leaves, of similar size, on a sheet of paper towel; cover with another sheet of paper towel and place in microwave. Heat on 50% power for 30-45 seconds, depending on the amount/size of leaves. You will know they are done when they are a bit stiff to the touch but not curling at the edges. DO NOT OVERHEAT; you can start a fire if you are careless!

Spray both sides of the leaves with this finishing spray by Design Master. You can find it at just about any craft store for about $4.99 or even ask your local florist; it is the perfect sealer for dried flowers! Lay out on newspaper to dry completely. I covered my entire counter top where I was working, just to be safe!

Purchase (or make) a grapevine wreath, or even a Styrofoam wreath, to the size you desire. I purchased an 18" grapevine wreath for about $3.99.

I did not plan my attack with this kind of project; you will drive yourself crazy! I just started in one spot and started hot-gluing! Some might not like the gluing part but I felt it was the right choice for this project that would be outside.

And here is the end design!! I have to say, I love it! My daughter was just amazed how we took things off the ground outside and turned them into something "so beautiful", as she claimed.

I am not sure if it will store well once the fall season is over but the grapevine wreath can be re-used. And for the whole $9 spent on the entire project, we can make another next year!

Happy Autumn! Enjoy!

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