Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath

I don’t own any kind of cutting machine, so when I want to do this kind of project, it means going old school – with a template and scissors! I actually find the process soothing and therapeutic once I get into a groove. Here’s how I made this leafy Fall wreath!

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Supplies for Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath:

  • 3 sheets of 12 x 12 kraft cardstock
  • Leaf and flower templates – I used the Makin it Cute set from My & My Sister Designs. It’s made for sewing but works really well for paper crafts too!
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Patterned paper & baker’s twine (optional)

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Start by making a wreath base using one sheet of paper. Draw two concentric circles, then cut out the shape. You can use two plates as a guide for drawing the circles.

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Don\t worry if it isn’t cut perfectly, as we’ll be covering up those edges.

Now draw out your leaf and flower shapes on the other two sheets of paper.

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Also make use of your scraps!

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Cut all your shapes out. Now it’s time to form the wreath.

Start sticking your leaf pieces onto the wreath shape as shown

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Continue around the circle, until you have a space just smaller than your flower

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Add two last leaves as shown

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Now crumple up your flower pieces. This will add some textural interest.

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Attach the flower layers and hang!

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I love the monochromatic and natural look, but you can also dress the wreath up with a bunting!

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To make the bunting:

1. Cut small triangles from patterned paper

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2. Glue them to some baker’s twine

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3. Now decorate your wreath!

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I hope you’re having a lovely Autumn!

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