Make a Dried Leaf Christmas Wreath

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.

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Dried Fall Leaf Wreath Paired With Pillar CandlesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 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

Step 1

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.

Dry Leaves For Autumn Wreath ProjectsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

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.

Wreath Wire FrameEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Wrap the mesh ribbon around the frame in a zig-zag fashion. Staple it onto the frame at intervals to cover the frame completely.

Mesh Ribbon WreathEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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