Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Leaves Wreath

Before I get into my post, I want to apologize for not being around these last few weeks.  One of my cats, Boo, had a serious health scare and I was very preoccupied with him.  Thankfully, it appears that he is going to be fine!  So, now, on with the show!

 I love the dollar store (in my area it’s called Dollar Tree) and on one of my visits I found these cute wreaths and fabric-like leaves.  The leaves come in a pack of 50, so of course I had to have 2 packs.  I decided that these would make a fabulous project for my introduction to the Design Team for Anything But a Card Challenge blog. Yes, my dear readers, I landed a design gig and I am SO excited as this will be my first time on a design team! I hope I make them proud!
The leaves & wreath before. . .
 OK, enough gushing, back to the project.  I took my wreath (it is small, measures approximately 8 ½” round) and pulled out my leaves & glue and went to work.  Those of you who can use a hot glue gun may want to try that instead of using regular glue like I did, I am glue gun challenged and can’t use one without causing a disaster (but that story is for another time). 

The beginning of the leafing. . .
What I did was spread the glue on the edges of the leaf and then I pushed the part of the leaf I wanted to attach through the wreath with a craft stick – I only glued the bottom of the leaves until I was almost done and added some more to fill in some spots.  On the fill in leaves, I glued the bottom edges and put a few dabs on the body of the leaf (of course all the glue was on the back of the leaves). 

All Leafed Up (wreath holding courtesy of Manny)
The Gluing of the letters
 Then I decided that I wanted to add the word fall to the wreath.  So I turned to my trusty Silhouette Cameo and made the word fall using a thick font.  Once I got a size I liked I also made a mirror image of it so I had 2 full sets of the word “FALL”.  I cut both of them out of different papers I had from Basic Grey.  Then I took the letters, put glue on one of them, placed a piece of string (that I also got at the Dollar Store) and sandwiched the string between the 2 letters so they could move and you’d see both sides. 
  After I finished with the letters, I placed them under a heavy book to really squish them together.  I then edged the letters with a Distress marker in Brushed Corduroy.

Now, I realized after I cut the letters, put them together and was getting ready to hang them that I cut them out wrong.  But I was going to hang them anyway – so I did.  I hung them and. . . I hated it. I didn't like that I had messed up the letters so if they twirled they wouldn't be right and I didn't like the way they looked hanging at all. Since I didn’t want to waste the letters so I cut the strings off and edged the tops with the Distress Marker so you can’t see the white string.  Then I experimented with placing the letters directly on the wreath and I really liked the way that looked, so I guess between me not cutting the letters correctly and then hating them hanging are my happy accidents.  I think the letters look better where I ended up placing them.  I used double stick tape to hold them and it worked perfectly! 
All Done!! (again Manny the Wreath holder is holding the wreath)
And a close up of my beautiful letters!
I would also like to enter my project in the following challenges:
Hiding in My Craft Room - Die Cuts (my letters - FALL - are die cuts)
CRAFTITUDE - Anything Goes or Falling Leaves
Addicted to Stamps and More! - Anything Goes
Fab 'N Funky - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Wreath


  1. What a great Fall wreath - those leaves are gorgeous! Thanks for the ABAC inspiration!
    Alison x

  2. Congrats on the DT! I love the ABAC challenge. Your wreath turned out great! Love the word FALL on top of the leaves.

  3. Beautiful project, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky birthday celebrations, good luck.

    Pat xx

  4. Great leaf project. I love the dollar store too. Thanks for sharing with us at Craftitude Challenges. Good Luck.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Kitt! Three cheers for the Dollar Store!!

  5. How very lovely!! Thank you so very much for playing along at CCCB! Hope your little cat is feeling better!

    1. Thank you Ros! Yes, Boo is much better! We made the mistake of taking him to a Vet ER who told us that they were certain he had mouth cancer (which is fatal in cats) and basically had him in surgery the next week. Luckily I took him to his vet who put him on antibiotics - he has a bad bone infection in his jaw, but is progressing wonderfully! Sorry I blathered on. . .LOL

  6. Great fall project and I love the wreath. Thanks for sharing your idea this week at HIMCR.

    1. Thank you Nancy, I am thrilled you enjoyed it :)

  7. Congrats on the DT, I am so happy for you, you will love it and they are lucky to have you too! I am a Dollar store lover also so I can really relate to your fabulous finds, the wreath is gorgeous and the placement of the letters is perfect! PS love your Manny, ha ha. ~Diane

    1. Thank you Diane - your comments just make my day! And you are free to borrow Manny anytime :)

  8. What a neat idea. Thanks for playing at HIMCR.

  9. That is beautiful, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  10. congratulations on your DT place and love your beautiful wreath with the gorgeous Autumn coloured leaves-glad you cat is feeling better-thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls
    carol DT x

  11. Fabulous wreath, thanks so much for joining us over at Craftitude! Congrats on your DT position!!
    Hugs Donna DT x


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