When you are faced with something as beautiful as a sun-filled lawn full of fiery red and gold maples leaves, there is simply nothing you can do other than pick up as many as you can and come up with way to savor them as long as possible. Thus, our Autumn Leaf Wreath was born.
I found the directions here on Pinterest, but it’s all very simple. Cut a whole in the center of a paper plate, large enough so you have plenty of room for gluing. Cute assistants help, too.
Then arrange your leaves in such a way so that you hide the white spaces between them on your wreath. Be sure you have enough leaves–better to have too many than not enough. Then glue the leaves to the paper plate with rubber cement. Little H loved to glue along the veins of the leaves.
Press firmly and they should hold! If not, a discreet staple probably wouldn’t hurt.
It’s up to you if you want to cut the stems from your leaves before or after you’re through gluing. As I was using the stems as a bit of a guide to make sure the leaves were all angled in approximately the same way, I cut them after, but it would probably be easier to do so before.
After the stems are gone, just punch a hole in the paper plate, tie a bow or some simple string to hang it up, and you have a lovely autumn wreath that will help keep you warm on these chilly fall days!
I love it, and Little H does, too! Simple pleasures and a more beautiful home.