Autumn Leaf Wreath

Hi y’all! Raechelle here. I’m so excited to share my first project as a designer for CutCardStock! Take a moment to think about Autumn. What comes to your mind? Deep, rich, warm colors, falling leaves, woodland critters and pumpkins come to my mind when I think of Autumn, and I created this home accent project with those factors in mind.

When I first saw the gorgeous colors and wonderfully textured cardstock I received, a wreath of leaves immediately came to mind.

 I used the 3 Fall Leaves (design #33053) cut file from the Silhouette store, which I sized length wise to 5.4”, then duplicated, and finally positioned so that two sets of leaves could be cut on an 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock. I cut each pair three times, using the following three colors from CutCardStock: Vanilla Bean Brown, Adobo, and Gold. I also cut one pair of each using two sheets of patterned paper from the Echo Park A Perfect Autumn collection.

Once cutting is complete, pair sets of leaves by color and shape, and then gently fold half of each set of leaves in half to add dimension. Add glue along the backside, center seam only, of the folded leaf and adhere it atop of a flat one, placing it at a bit of an angle so they are not directly on top of each other and peeks of the bottom leaves are visible.

When dry, poke holes and add coordinating floss covering most of the length of the leaf.

When dry, poke holes and add coordinating floss covering most of the length of the leaf.

Cut an 11.4” diameter circle with a width of approx. 1.5”. (I used two 11.5” sheets of Baronial Ivory cardstock to achieve this; I placed one full sheet on my cutting mat, and then cut the other to 3.5×11 and then placed it beside the first sheet on the cutting mat. I then adhered the two sections of the circle together with photo tabs. It’s irrelevant what the base looks like as it is going to be covered up.)

Prior to placing the leaves on the base, I added some more depth to them by gently folding and “squishing” them with my hands.

Before adhering, arrange leaves on base to cover it entirely while also creating some layers. When you have achieved the desired look you want, then begin adhering leaves to base. (I did so one leaf at a time by using my fingers on one hand to hold the nearby areas down while I was working on gluing the selected leaf.)

Add stickers, a piece of flair, and a twine bow to finish off the wreath. Once these are dry, flip over and glue a length of twine to the back so you can hang your finished piece.

I hope I have inspired you to create some Autumn décor of your own! Be sure to check out the CutCardStock facebook page for sales, inspiration and more.

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