Decorate your front door for fall with this gorgeous fall leaves wreath for $0! You'll save money and storage space… plus the biodegradable wreath can be throw it away at the end of the season with no guilt.
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Fall foliage is my favorite part of autumn!
I love the way nature show us the seasons are changing.
Each day the trees seem to be a new, beautiful color until finally, after a stormy evening or windy afternoon, their limbs are bare and winter has arrived.
My husband brings me bouquets of beautiful fall leaves when he walks the dog. I love the variety of colors and have always wanted a way to preserve these leaves…
Unfortunately, beautiful leaves gathered one afternoon are usually a brown curled-up mess the next morning.
I've tried pressing fall leaves between books, but it takes weeks to accomplish and the leaves are still drying when fall is over. I wanted a way to immediately use the leaves for Thanksgiving décor.
I tested a few methods of drying fall leaves and stumbled onto an easy way to quickly preserve leaves. This method keeps their colors bright and makes the leaves lay flat.
A bonus… it's FREE and FAST!
No special craft supplies needed!
Easy Fall Leaves Preservation
My easy method for preserving fall leaves involves a microwave and an iron. While this seems like an odd crafting combination it works remarkably well.
How to Preserve Fall Leaves for Decorating
- First, collect fall leaves that are freshly fallen without damage or holes. (No old, dried out foliage.)
- Next, cure the leaves by zapping them for few seconds in the microwave. (This step removes most of the water from inside the leaf.)
- Finally, press the leaves flat with a hot iron. (This removes any remaining water leaving them completely flat and dry.)
How to Make a Fall Leaves Wreath… for Free!
Front door wreaths are a beautiful addition to your home but they are expensive to purchase and take up lots of storage space.
Luckily the pressed leaves are easy to make into a wreath that is perfect for autumn and Thanksgiving. The wreath costsjust a few cents to make (it is made with fall leaves and cardboard) and is biodegradable!
I love being able to enjoy the fall colors and then simply throw the wreath away. (No storage space needed once it is out of season.)
Fall Leaves Wreath Supplies
- Fall leaves (60-70 fresh leaves for a 16” wreath)
- Cardboard or heavy duty cardstock to make a wreath form
- Stapler and staples
- Craft glue or glue gun
- Parchement paper
Fall Leaves Wreath Directions
Step One – Dry and Press the Leaves
- Work in batches of 5-6 leaves. Place the leaves between two sheets of parchment paper and microwave for 10-30 seconds, turning once.
- Check the leaves every few seconds, microwave until they feel dry but not brittle.
- Using a hot iron, press the leaves until they are flat. You can place the leaves between sheets of parchment paper so they do not touch the iron. (I press my leaves without parchment paper.)
- Continue microwaving and ironing until all the leaves are pressed
Step Two – Assemble the Wreath
- Make a simple wreath form by tracing circles onto corrugated cardboard. (I trace a large round plate for the outside circle and a small plate for the inside circle.) Cut out the form.
- Work from the top of the wreath form, slightly to the right of the center. Gather a few pressed leaves into an bunch and staple them to the cardboard form. Place the staple slightly above the stem.
- Align the next group of leaves so the tops of the leaves cover the last staple. Continue stapling leaves around the form until one half is covered with leaves then move to the top left and staple leaves down the opposite side.
- When the wreath is entirely covered use craft glue or hot glue to position a few leaves over any visible staples. You can also add a few additional leaves to any areas that look bare or uneven. (I add a few the the center bottom.)
Step 3 – Hang the Wreath
Glue a loop of twine, yarn or string to the back of the cardboard for hanging. Allow glue to dry completely before displaying.
How to Hang a Wreath on a Door
Hang your wreath using mini Command Adhesive hooks. The wreath is very light, so the removable strips will hold it securely without damaging the front door. No nails needed!
Other Fall Leaves Uses
The wreath can also be use as table decoration or centerpiece. I've been using mine to dress up a pair of pilgrims.
More Natural Wreaths
Looking for an easy winter wreath? Use pinecones to make this adorable (and affordable) pinecone snowflake wreath.
These 16 natural fall wreaths are perfect for autumn decor and cost almost nothing to make.
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