DIY Leaf Wreath for BHG

October 13th, 2010

I’m back today with complete instructions on how to make the Leaf Wreath I made for the Better Homes & Gardens Contest. With fall in full swing, now is the perfect time for a quick DIY project and some colorful home decor. I wanted something a little less predictable color wise so I choose to use shades of purple for a pop of color. I can imagine this in any shade so have fun and get creative!

Fabric Leaves
Matt  White Spray Paint Primer
Varying Shades of Matte Spray Paint
Foam Wreath Form
Coordinating Ribbon (Enough to wrap form and for hanging completed wreath)

1. Arrange leaves on a paintable surface and secure with pins. A flattened cardboard box or flat sheets of foam work well. Spray leaves with one layer of white matte primer. Once primer has dried, spray leaves with colors and get creative! Some may require two coats – if so, wait 15 minutes between applications.
2. While leaves are drying, wrap foam wreath form in coordinating ribbon making sure to overlap so no foam shows through. Secure ends with pins.
3. Once the leaves have dried, place them on top of wreath form and secure with pins. Continue to overlay leaves around the entire form.
4. After the leaves are in place you can add a decorative flower in the lower right portion for visual interest. To create the flowers; cut approximately thirty 3″ circles of coordinating fabric. Pinch the circle in the center with your thumb and forefinger, making a petal like shape and pin to form. Continue to add petals closely together and fluffing along the way. Add as many or as few as you like.
5. To complete the look, add a ribbon to the back with pins for hanging.

I hope you enjoy the project and don’t forget to vote for your favorite here!

20 Responses to “DIY Leaf Wreath for BHG”

  1. Sandra Says:

    What an absolutely beautiful wreath! Fresh and elegant.

  2. Sweet T Says:

    Thanks for the great post! I’m obsessed with wreaths, so this makes my heart happy!

  3. Candice Hope Says:

    I love this project! That purple and brown combo is just my favorite. I can imagine having a different colorway for each season. fun fun! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Heather Says:

    This is beautiful but what are the spray paints that you used? The colors are lovely!

  5. Kathleen Says:

    Thanks so much Heather and apologies for not including this in the post! I ended up just using spray paints found at my local art supply store. The brand is Montana Gold. Floral paints by Design Master that can be found at a Joann’s or Michael’s would work great as well. Hope that helps! Kathleen

  6. Piper (DailyDivaDish) Says:

    What a creative idea! This is gorgeous! I think I’m going to have to try this one myself. Thanks so much for sharing.
    XO Piper

  7. tiina { sparkling ink } Says:

    What a lovely idea for a diy wreath. So pretty, so stylish!

  8. Claggie Says:

    I love this! What a cute/creative idea. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Heather {WhipperBerry} Says:

    Love, love, LOVE this! Way to knock it out of the park!

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  10. Aubrey S. Says:

    This is a great DIY project. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Stephanie Says:

    It’s wonderful. I’m not a big fan of purple, but I love this wreath! Amazing job. I must make this now!!

    I’m currently having a Costume Contest on my blog. I would love for you to check it out. And don’t forget to enter!

  12. Victoria Says:

    What a great project and the colors are lovely!

  13. Leanne Says:

    Love this wreath! The purple is so unexpected for fall and it is simply breathtaking. I posted a link to this tutorial on my blog:

  14. Laura Says:

    Such a fun idea that can really add a lot to your home during the holidays!

  15. Kim Says:

    Thanks for sharing the how to. I am going to make this for my friend for her birthday!

  16. Rachael Says:

    I love this!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  17. Amy @ Tiny Blessings Says:

    Tried to pin this on my to-do Pinterest board but it says it can’t see any pictures on this page. Well, I see them, and I love the final project!

  18. Sandie C Says:

    I love how you used those pesky fall leaves that every crafter has left over from some Fall Craft!

    I plan to try this in shades of yellow as housewarming gift for friend!

  19. Joanne Says:

    This is “OH MY GOSH” cool. So making this in these colors and Oh wow my brain is just running with ideas. Thanks for the mojo.

  20. Bonnie Says:

    This is THE prettiest fall wreath I have EVER seen! Fall typically is when leaves start to turn & things are more earth tone. I can’t think of a better color to do this with either! BRAVO!