DIY: Autumn leaf wreath tutorial
Apologies for the unexpected blogging hiatus, my poor doggie unexpectedly passed away so I’ve had a difficult couple of weeks behind the scenes. Playing catch up now and trying to squeeze in one last autumnal craft before it gets full on festive fever over here.
So without further ado….craft your own Autumn wreath with felt leaves.
I love wreaths for all seasons and for ages have been planning to make one for each season. I came up with this one after a few years ago making a similar wreath but in paper. The use of felt for leaves just felt better as it added texture and structure to it.
You will need:
- Embroidery hoop (or any other blank hoop for your wreath base – willow would look good)
- Rough yarn (you could also use ribbon)
- Felt in various autumnal colours, I only used 4 squares and had lots to spare
- Chalk or pen to draw your leaves on the felt
- Fabric glue
- Embroidery thread in whatever colours you like
Step 1: Glue your twine around the hoop. I found the easiest way to do this was put a small line of glue on the inside of the hoop in small sections and carefully wrap the twine tightly so there are no gaps visible. Be careful not to pull the twine so tightly that it gets thinner.
Step 4: Embroider your leaves. I chose to use different contrasting coloured threads for each leaf type, including some gold to make the stitches really pop. This is the time consuming part so make sure you’ve got something good on Netflix in the background. It took me a few hours over 2 evenings to make all the leaves I needed.
Here you can see I used a variety of stitching styles to add interest. Sometimes I just stitched the veins of the leaves whilst on some I stitched the outline as well.
Step 5: Glue your leaves down. I’m afraid I didn’t take any photos of this part as I got a little carried away. I planned where I’d put the leaves and then started gluing and layering them up. Try to mix up your colours so it doesn’t get too plain. As you can see I only covered just over a third of my wreath as I like that kind of look but you could easily spread your leaves all the way around.
Do let me know if you try this yourself, I’d love to see pictures of your wreaths. I think this DIY could be so easily altered for different styles, think a felt holly covered wreath for Christmas or glittery white leaves for a more minimal style. I’m looking forward to trying a new style next year.
Love, Sarah x