Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Make a Real Leaf Wreath

How to Make a Real Leaf Wreath
and I'd like you to meet my blogger friend Karen who blogs over at The Feral Turtle.

Have you ever had a friend who inspired you to do things you normally wouldn't? For example, today I did a photo shoot with soap, a beaded spider and leaves from the backyard.

Well, Karen, is just that friend! She sent me the most beautiful homemade soap and she made this pretty little spider, all for me... for no reason at all. I think it's because she has a big heart and she's amazing! Here are a few sneak peeks of her latest projects. I'm warning you though, you can't leave her blog without laughing about something..... she is a riot!

Back to the program...  
How to Make Real Leaf Wreath 

For this project, you will need some leaves. (I used Maple leaves)
A round cardboard doughnut (I must be hungry), and a stapler.

Next, layer the leaves around the cardboard. Don't think too hard, just staple away! 
This is fun for the kids too. 

After a few minutes, you will have this.

I hot glued extra leaves to cover the staples that were showing. 

Wa- La! A very simple real leaf wreath. 

 I make one every year. Here's the one I made last year.

This is what it looks like when it dries out completely. It takes a while for this to happen.

If you're a little bit ambitious like me, you can spray paint it silver for Christmas, or not...

This really adds a punch of color to the dining room. 
I hope you were inspired! Now go make a leaf wreath!
Thank you so much for stopping by 
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  1. Um...yes, I'm going to make one of these this weekend! This is SO beautiful and looks so simple...I like simple!! The funny thing is I have had making one of these on my to-do list for several weeks now and finally, the yard is full of gorgeous colored leaves and I have PLENTY to choose from! Thanks for the tutorials! And that little beaded spider is just too cute for words!

  2. I am going to make one of these wreaths, Sherry. What a sweet and simple idea and makes a big impact! I am headed over to your friend's blog. xo Diana

  3. Sherry, It's so pretty. I love it with the spider....even though spiders creep me out. xoxo,Susie

  4. HI Sherry, Oh I just love your real leaves wreath. Such a great idea and then to spray one for the holidays is gorgeous. Love how you added the spider. It's creepy but great!! LOL
    You always inspire my friend.
    Happy Halloween.

  5. Your wreath is gorgeous...and what a great idea to paint it silver for Christmas!! And I love Karen...she amazing!

  6. Love this idea! Such a great way to enjoy the beauty of the season.
    Mary Alice

  7. This is just gorgeous! Too bad I don't have many beautifully colored leaves here in Florida. I just love this idea. Maybe I'll go on a leaf hunt! Thanks for sharing your beautiful wreath. I love the soap and spider too...And Karen cracks me up!

    Blessings, Vicky

  8. Your wreath is just stunning but I have to tell you that you should probably clean up a little before you post. You have a bloody spider hanging from your wreath....That's a little scary Sherry! Cheers to you and Happy Halloween. PS Thanks for the mention!

  9. Karen is so sweet to have sent those goodies! I love your photo shoot and your wreath.

  10. Oh I just LOVE that wreath! I'm so impressed with how gorgeous it is, yet easy to make. I may have to try my hand at making that. It would be pretty for Thanksgiving.

  11. So pretty, Sherry & great photos! Blessings, Cecilia

  12. That is so pretty! I just wish our leaves changed colors here. Doesn't happen.

  13. Sherry, I love this wreath and will be making one of my own, next week. I have spent the last hour or so going through "every single one of your posts". Sherry, do you have any idea of just how amazingly talented you are? You have been blessed with a huge amount of talent. I think that when the Lord was passing out creativity, you ran around and got in line twice, LOL. Some of the furniture that you have made over is stuff that was so ugly that most people (including me) would have past right by, but when you work your magic on them, they become show stoppers. An excellent example is that little table you painted green. It turned out so cute. After meeting you. . . I now believe that you can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear :)
    Okay, this is a long comment and you are probably getting tired of being praised . . . but one more thing. I am so in love with the wreath that you made from the water hose. I may just make one next spring to hang on my front gate. That girlfriend is a treasure . . . . so charming:)
    You are awesome . . ..have a lovely week and keep making beautiful things.
    The world is prettier because you are in it.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  14. Karen is a riot and I have been lucky enough to receive some of her wonderful soap and it smells so good! Your wreath is beautiful and fall has held on long enough here that I may still have time to give t a try!

  15. Beautiful wreath! We don't get those amazing leaves least not close by. Karen must have a lot of patience to make that fun spider ~ so pretty! I'm sure the soap is divine. I'm so glad to meet you and look forward to getting to know you.


  16. I love your wreath Sherry! Too bad our leaves are pretty much done here or I'd be making myself one. Maybe next year! I love Karen. She's such a hoot!

  17. Oh yes.. I'm inspired! I love it!!!! I am so behind on my to-do list... now that Paul is semi retired ( only working 4 days a week now) I can't catch up! It's great having him around.. but we're constantly on the run.
    After I pack up the halloween stuff from the sunporch, put the storm windows in and catch up on this laundry ... I am heading outside on a leaf hunt!!!! Thanks for sharing and keeping us all inspired. : )

  18. Hi Sherry! Sweet Debby Ray mentioned you and your beautiful creativity in her post about the leaf wreath so I just had to hop over and say "Hello" to you :)

    Your wreath is simply wonderful! If I had any leaves left around here I would be tempted to make one for my home, but alas, the leaves have all blow away so I will have to remember this idea for next year.

    I am a happy new follower of yours and I look forward to visiting again. Have a blessed Tuesday! Hugs!

  19. I wish we had maple trees, that is beautiful Sherry. You truly do have some amazing ideas using nature in your decor

  20. This is all time one of my favorites Fall projects. #1- The fact that you use real leaves, #2- The fact that you use a piece of card board (free and very thrifty), and #3- the fact that you can then spray it a new color for the Christmas holiday season. LOVE, Sherry!!

  21. If I put it on the door outside being in the country. Would I have the squirrels hiding their nuts in there?

    Inside I like the idea but so far this year for first time in 6 years. We are catching mice. They are coming down the chimney. I cannot believe it.

  22. Your wreathes are all pretty. One year I did them with Christmas throws of decorations. They turned out nice.

  23. What a beautiful idea!! I am SO going to make these leaf wreathes with my grandchildren!!


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