Create the perfect Fall Wreath by using your ClearSnap ClearBox pigment inks to add dimension to your crepe paper leaves. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
This is one of my most favorite projects I’ve ever made. I love that it’s the perfect DIY Fall wreath for the Thanksgiving holiday and that I can switch it out with my paper Christmas wreath I made a few years ago on my Cricut.
Supplies for your DIY Fall Wreath
How to make a DIY Fall Wreath
So begin by opening up the Cricut Design Space file for your Fall leaves. I bought the package of Crepe Paper from Lia Griffith and it’s seriously the best stuff. I cut each color a total of 3 rounds on the mat so I was able to get 18 leaves in each color for my DIY Fall wreath. Use your Cricut Fabric Grip mat and the rotary blade for the crepe paper leaves.
After you’ve cut all of your leaves, you’re going to want to assemble them using some floral wire stems. Dip the stems into some white craft glue, just straight down the nozzle and pull up. This will coat your wire in the glue and then you’ll lay it on the seam of one leaf and then lay the other half on top so it creates one full leaf. I used an extra styrofoam round that I had laying around and placed each of the stemmed Fall leaves into it so it could dry. I allowed these to dry overnight so that when I used my ColorBox pigment inks, they wouldn’t tear the fragile crepe paper.
Use your blotter tool to dip into your Colorsnap pigment inks and then start from the bottom center of the leaves and work your way up and outward. Once your leaves are inked, slowly stretch the outer parts of your crepe paper leaf and bend your floral wire so that it looks like a leaf from nature.
How to assemble your Crepe Paper Fall Wreath
After your leaves are formed and you have your wreath base, go ahead and start with your lightest color and fill in the wreath having the colors form an ombre as you go around. There was a bit of white wreath from coming from my crepe paper Fall wreath. You can always make more but I just finagled my fall leaves so that they’d cover the form.
How do I make a chipboard banner with my Cricut?
For the banner, you’re going to cut your shape with the Cricut Knife Blade. Cut out both pieces of the banner with the chipboard. The base of the chipboard banner is like a puzzle and the top pieces of the banner will cover it. Spray the large chipboard piece with gold paint and set aside to dry.
As that paint is drying, cut the orange cardstock just like the top piece of the chipboard banner. You will take the largest part of the cardstock and iron on the brown autumn words. I tried cardstock and the font was just too thin so Iron-On Vinyl was the perfect alternative.
Yes! You can use Iron-On Vinyl on cardstock or other paper products. See how I used it here on napkins. You need to have you EasyPress set at 250ºF and then press for 5-10 seconds. If you use an Iron for the HTV, just have your settings on low and press lightly so you don’t crease your paper. Now run all the orange cardstock through your Xyron Disposable 3″ Sticker Maker Be sure to pay attention to putting the cardstock pieces in right-side up. Place the cardstock and then pull the Sticker Maker paper and the pieces will come out the other end as stickers!
Adhere your cardstock pieces to the cut chipboard and set aside. Use some craft glue and use it on the small pieces of the chipboard banner to be placed on the long, gold chipboard. Use some clips or some kind of weight to be placed on the assembled chipboard banner.
Once that piece is assembled and dry, use some hot glue to just adhere it wherever you want on the wreath.
How to make paper acorns
The acorns were really the easiest part. You’ll just need some cardstock and craft glue. I used some shimmer cardstock in gold and brown. Cut the paper acorns with the Cricut machine. For cutting paper with the Cricut, you can use any Cricut machine. Start with one side of the acorn and then assemble the other and then glued them into one large 3D paper acorn.
They’re almost like pumpkins. There is a small tab on each curve of the paper acorn and then you just place a dot of glue on those and then bring the next curved piece and adhere the small tab so that it will be on the inside of the paper acorn.
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.I’m happy to be joining in with other bloggers to share with you our #FallCricutChallenge using some of Cricut’s newest products. I decided to make a DIY paper leaf wreath using my Cricut Explore and it turned out better than I could ever imagine.I used the metallic pearl paper and cut leaves like crazy. You can get the cut file here and it includes three leaves. If you don’t have Cricut Access yet, get it. It is so worth it. You have access to their amazing shapes and fonts to use at your leisure. I like this program because you’re not limited to a certain amount each month and you can use what you need and it’ll be worth it because you may just have to use it once. I started by separating my shapes and then I sporadically started gluing them on my wreath base. I started with the larger leaves first so that I could get some coverage. Had I really thought ahead, I would have spray painted my wreath form prior to putting on the paper leaves. Once you have it all filled in to your satisfaction, add some paper wheat stalks and make sure they stick out kind of crazy because the crazier, the better. Grab the cut file here.
I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!
DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink
DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton
Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thirfty Ideas
Fall No Sew Buffalo Check Pillow from Lydi Out Loud
Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal
Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay
DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps
Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove
Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters
Something Wicked This Way Comes Banner from Albion Gould
Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain
Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic
DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama
BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings
DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray
Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon
Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family
Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps
Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge
DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife
Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates
Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple
DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother
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Craft Lightning is back again for the Christmas holiday and I’m making this Easy Christmas Wreath. All it took was a pre-made wreath from JoAnn’s (here is one in white), a holiday twig, some hot glue and some ribbon. It’s woodsy and ties in to the trendy theme this year for Christmas.
Today I’m going to show you how to make an easy Christmas wreath. I fluffed up the pines on the wreath and then I pulled away a small section so that I could add some of the twigs. I placed some hot glue on the frame of the wreath and laid a twig on top. I continued to add them so that they made a swooping pattern and showed some sort of direction. When I cut the twigs off the giant post they originally came on, I ended up with 5 large and 5 small twigs. You can choose to use them all or only some, I used them all.
I then took my ribbon and swagged it back and forth so I had 3 loops on each side and tied a ribbon in the middle. I fluffed the wire ribbon up so that it would have dimension and I took the extra ribbon that I tied it with in the middle and tied it to the wreath and hid a lot of the messy work. In the back I just knotted the deer ribbon on the wires and added some twine tassels just for some more dimension and that was it. Start to finish was about 20 minutes. Really easy and really a lot of fun!
Make sure you check out more of Craft Lightning for the Holiday season and check out my other Craft Lightning posts!
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Here I am with my second entry to the Cricut Design Space Star challenge. This months theme is Holiday Decor/Gifts. I wanted to do Christmas even though we are pretty much right in the prime of Halloween. I’ve got to be honest, I do not decorate for Thanksgiving. In fact, I’ve started taking down my Halloween decorations to start making room for my tree. I love my tree, I love garlands, I love the green. That’s why for this project I decided to do a Holly Berry Wreath and use it as a centerpiece.
I used the new cartridge by Anna Griffith called Christmas Kitsch and the Holly Simple cut shape. I also used the Holly and Pine shape from the 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge. The papers I used were simple, just some variations of greens and some of the Lost and Found Christmas from My Minds Eye. I couldn’t find some double sided on hand but I did find the glittered paper pad and I love it, you can find that here. You’ll see in another project how it all ties in! It is a retired line and their newest lines are fabulous. I just pinned the leaves into the base of a styrofoam wreath form and for the berries, I used a glue dot and clustered them all together. So easy!
I got the Hurricane from Ikea at it was only $12 and the candle is also from there for $10. What a steal and it will tie in with any holiday.
I cannot recommend the Cricut Explore enough and the quality of the cute. I had zero sticking and zero tears. I did definitely crunch the paper and move it around because I wanted some definition to the wreath and for it to look like there was some movement and not so stiff and one dimensional. I wanted it to look real. I added this fun raffia bow that I found at JoAnn’s in their trim section and that was it.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaways from all this week and if you don’t have a Cricut Explore, I really suggest it. It’s a great deal and they are always having sales of some kind. If you like your chances, enter our Team 16 Giveaway below! We’re so excited to be able to give one away and don’t forget to tell your friends about it, maybe they’ll share the love! Don’t forget also to check out my last project of the fun Garland Advent that I also made with the Cricut Explore!
Today I’m apart of Craft Lighting Halloween 2014 with a Spooky Halloween Wreath. I love these series that Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts put on each year! Halloween has to be my second favorite holiday. I love all the colors associated with Halloween. If it came with presents instead of candy, it’d be my favorite holiday!
I had a lot of fun at JoAnn’s picking out the goods to make this wreath. I knew I wanted something earthy and a little sinister without it being too Holiday-ish. I kind of don’t love the froo froo looking decor. It’s definitely not me.
I bought a 10″ styrofoam wreath mold I guess is what you’d call it. Floracraft is the ones who make it and I like them the best because they are the sturdiest. Some people use pool noodles and I don’t mind it but I’ve noticed that you can get sagging or some cheaper ones fall apart a lot faster. I go for it in the beginning using a coupon and you can spend $3-$6 on one and you’re money and time won’t be wasted because you’ve invested in a good product. That’s just my honest opinion. I bought some black moss in the floral department along with a small nest and some pinecones. These were also all on sale so I spent about $15 total on this wreath. I had the bird from a clearance sale last year from Michaels.
I used a low temp glue gun to adhere the moss to the foam. This will give you an advantage in two ways. One, it will not melt the foam and two, it will help you be able to touch the actual glue without burning yourself. Also at this point I took the bird’s nest and painted it with my favorite spray paint, Rustoleum 2X Coverage in Black. I let it dry to the touch and glued it on and adhered the bird in the position I wanted it in.
I then took the package of the mini pinecones and placed them below the nest in a cluster and spread them out to have them taper off so they wouldn’t end bluntly when they were all gone. Again, I just hot glued them. This was a really easy process. When everything was in the position I wanted it to be, I just took my embossing gun and heated up all the strands of dried glue and they disappeared.
I placed it on my front door in front of a large wire spider web I bought last year at a boutique. I’m still in the process of decorating my front porch so I can’t wait to show you more! This project was really fast once you have all your products in an assembly line.
Make sure you check out the rest of the Craft Lightning Halloween 2014 Series!! Thanks for checking out this fun project, I enjoyed making it!