Make a Dried Leaf Christmas Wreath
DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Dressing your front door with a wreath at Christmas time helps to create a wonderfully warm, festive welcome to the outside of your home. Collect fallen leaves and seed heads in the fall and turn them into this stunning arrangement.
When collecting leaves, look for fallen leaves in early and mid-fall before the weather takes its toll. Red oak and maple are good choices. Depending on the room temperature and type of leaf, they can take up to a week to dry out and flatten.
- richly colored leaves
- sheets of newspaper
- 1 large circular wire wreath frame, available from florists or mail-order companies
- thin wire
- mesh ribbon
- eco-friendly adhesive glue
Arrange leaves in a single layer between sheets of newspaper under a mat or piece of carpet, or place a couple of heavy books on top.
Once the flattened leaves are completely dry, make up the wreath. Secure the wire in a loop and attach it to the top of the frame.
Wrap the mesh ribbon around the frame in a zig-zag fashion. Staple it onto the frame at intervals to cover the frame completely.
Glue large leaves onto the mesh, stems pointing inward, so that they overlap slightly. Glue small leaves on top in an even pattern. Allow to dry.