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Wreaths are expensive. They look really nice but I hate having to fork out $40 to buy a nice one.
Making a wreath can be just as expensive when fake foliage can cost $5 for a stem.
Follow these directions and you can have a cute fall wreath for under $10.
- Cardstock in reds, yellows, and oranges
- Hot Glue Gun
- Cricut, Silhouette, or Glowforge(use this link to get up to $500 off a Glowforge)
- Leaf templates(buy here)
Cut out your pieces for your wreath base out of cardboard. If you are lucky enough to have a laser cutter, sign up below and I will send you the SVG for the base.
If you are going to cut the cardboard by hand, use the string, pencil, and tack to draw a circle.
Cut the string to 13 inches long. Tie it onto the pencil and tack the other end of the string into the middle making sure the string is 10 inches long from the middle to the pencil.
Draw a circle.
Shorten the string to 6.75 inches and draw a second circle inside the first.
Cut out the wreath base.
Use the first cardboard circle to trace a second circle and cut it out.
Glue one circle right on top of the other making sure that the corrugation is in opposite directions.
Cut out two complete circles.
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Put the first circle together then glue the second circle on top making sure that the interlocking sections are not on top of each other.
Now that you have your base put together, you will need a way to hang your wreath.
Use an awl to punch two hole about an inch aparet.
Put the wire through the holes making sure to leave a loop.
Turn the base over, twist the wire together and glue it down.
Cut out all the leaves. (Make more than you think you need.)
You can get the leaf templates here.
Start gluing down the leaves on the the side without the the loop of wire for hanging.
Once you have all the leaves glued down, start making the bow. First cut three leagths of ribbon 18 inches long. Form them into loops.
Stack the loops on top of each other.
Use a wire to join the ribbon together.
Cut a length of ribbon that is 5 inches long and glue it around the middle.
Cut a length of ribbon twice as long as you want the tails to be. Glue the tails onto the back. Making sure that the decorative side is facing forward.
Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to make it look nicer.
Glue the bow on to the front of the leaf wreath.
Hang up your wreath and enjoy that you just saved yourself some money.