Turn Fall Leaves Into a Festive Wreath

Learn how to easily create a beautiful fall inspired wreath from the fallen leaves around you.
DIY: Colorful Fall Leaf Wreath

DIY: Colorful Fall Leaf Wreath

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Photo by Melissa Caughey

Turn those colorful fallen leaves into a wreath.

Here in New England, falling leaves are abundant October through Thanksgiving. For a period of about six weeks we are treated to the fall foliage display. We watch the mountains turn into a rainbow of reds, greens, oranges, yellows and browns. The sugar maples are my favorites. Their leaves are often multicolored and really are a feast for the eyes. 

As a family we love turning those leaves into autumn crafts. This year, we made a wreath from the fallen leaves. Their beauty was too gorgeous to rake up and toss into the woods. Instead we took a fabric shopping bag outside and filled it with our colorful treasures. Like snowflakes, each leaf is different. Once satisfied with our findings, we dumped them out onto the kitchen table and began crafting for the afternoon. The kids also worked on making a leaf owl.

The wreath came together in no time. Using this technique you can also create a garland for the mantle or a centerpiece for the table. You can make the wreath any size you like, depending on the amount of leaves you string on the thread. To make your own wreath, take a peek at the supply list below to get started.

Supply List:

  • Fresh fallen leaves
  • Needle
  • Quilting thread
  • Scissors
  • Wire wreath frame
  • Garden twine

Now take a peek at the gallery below to get started:

Leaf Wreath How-To

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How to Make a Colorful Fall Wreath

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Gather Your Supplies

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Choose a Variety of Colors

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Thread the Needle

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String a Leaf

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Keep on Stringing

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Garland of Leaves

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A Little Support

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Tie it Off

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Rotate the Stems

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Taking Shape

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Flip it Over

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Gorgeous Color

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Drying Up

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Colors of Fall

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Special Instructions: If you are especially fond of certain leaves, you can preserve them to extend their life. This is done by taking a shallow baking dish and allowing your leaves to soak in liquid glycerin for a few days. Once preserved, remove them and pat them dry with a paper towel. 

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