When it comes to home decor, I’ve been really loving organic designs. There’s something so relaxing about a piece that exudes natural simplicity. It also offers a nice break from structured styles, like stripes and geometric shapes. With the fall season in full force, natural decor has had some time to really shine. For my latest project, I used wire and painted faux leaves to create a minimalist DIY leaf wreath. It’s a sweet and simple project that can be made in an afternoon. Read on to learn how!
- Darice 12 Gauge Aluminum Wire
- Darice Large Rose Leaves
- Metallic Gold Spray Paint
- Darice 3 in 1 Pliers with Cutter
- Darice Mini Glue Gun
You’ll have to snip off a few leaves. This is the only way the connected leaves will be fully exposed. You can still spray paint these pieces. Simply tape them down to scrap cardboard before applying spray paint. At the very least, keeping the other leaves connected will prevent you from having to tape down every single one.
Use as many leaves as you’d like! I used a total of 12.
Step 4. Unravel the wire and create a loose circle. This will be the smallest circle in your DIY leaf wreath; the size is up to you. Don’t worry about straightening out the wire. The sporadic bends will add to the rustic look.
Step 6. Form a third outside circle. I had to bring in another wire strand because I didn’t start out with a full spool of wire. If you run into this issue, just twist the strands of wire together and continue creating the circle. Personally, I love the way the random section of twisted wire looks.
To close up the wreath, twist the end of the wire around the spot where you started, along the top edge. This will keep the circles connected and in place.
Faux gold painted leaves can also be used as fall table decor and place setting accents.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.