In these final days of summer, I’m still looking for projects to entertain my kids before school starts. I also want to make as many fun memories with my kids as I can before we get busy going back to school and settling down into our school year routine. If you want to sit down for a craft project with your kids and make something that everyone can enjoy, then look no further than this kid and adult co-project! Kid painted wooden leaves that are turned into an eye-catching fall DIY Wreath.
Painted Leaves Fall DIY Wreath Supplies:
- Darice 18″ Metal Wreath Form
- 2″ Wide Ribbon or Scrap Fabric
- Darice 3″ Wood Maple Leaf Cutouts (12)
- Darice Studio 71 Acrylic Paint Set (I used all of the fall colors.)
- Darice Studio 71 Paint Brushes
- Darice Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Darice Scissors
- Paper Plate
Step 1. Choose fall paint colors, such as yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. I also added gold and copper metallic paint. Squeeze a bit of each paint color onto your paper plate palette. Fill a cup with water to wash out brushes, and include it with the palette.
Step 2. Time to paint some leaves! Let kids paint the leaves however they like. In our house, the kids insisted that the adults paint a couple leaves along with them, which is a great way to spend quality time together.
Step 3. Cover the wire wreath form with 2″ wide ribbon in a fall color, or rip strips of scrap fabric to wrap around the wreath form. Tack the ribbon onto the wreath form with a dab of hot glue (adults only).
Step 4. Adults can glue the leaves onto the wreath with hot glue. To keep the leaves distributed evenly around the wreath, imagine the wreath is a clock face, and glue leaves at 12 and 6-o’clock, and then 3 and 9-o’clock. Then fill in with two leaves between each anchor leaf. Basically, you should have one leaf at each hour of the clock face.
Step 5. Tie a small ribbon around the top of the wreath for hanging.
And may I suggest the best thing ever? It’s a Darice magnetic wreath holder, and it’s my favorite way to hang a wreath on my front door.
For another fabulous fall wreath for kids to make, check out this easy fall leaves paper plate wreath.
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Heather Mann is the mother of four boys and designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts. She’s also fascinated by the unsuccessful (yet humorous) side of crafting, and explores it at her site CraftFail, and in her new book, CraftFail: When Handmade Goes Horribly Wrong.