It’s Fall, y’all! Yessir, my calendar says that today marks the official beginning of Autumn!
I have the decorating bug but have one small problem… our garage contains the last remains of moving boxes that have yet to be unpacked, most of which is my seasonal decor. Somewhere in that mini mountain awaits my front door Fall wreath but I have no desire to tackle outdoor boxes in 90 degree Florida heat. So, I decided to make a replacement; a new front door Leaf “Wreath” that only cost me 2 bucks yet adds the perfect welcoming touch. Small problem fixed in a festive way!
I picked up an orange felt leaf from The Dollar Tree and a roll of their wire-edged leaf patterned ribbon. I forgot to snap a “before picture, so I’m using these below that I took with my cell phone in the store (enter apology for terrible quality photos but I had to have a visual for ya). You can see the felt leaf-shaped placemat thingy on the left and the ribbon I used for this project on the right.
First, let’s talk about the bow. Keeping the print facing out, I did a simple loop back and forth a few times with one long piece until it looked about right, nothing overly technical. It took a couple attempts until I found the right length that seemed size-appropriate to the leaf. Again, more apologies for the photo quality, this was done at night when my Little was asleep (after bedtime is the best DIY time, am I right?). I promise better pictures are coming, keep reading!
Here’s where things get even easier, I cut the excess ribbon and cinched my bow together with masking tape. I know, it’s not Etsy quality, but it works just fine.
I ended up using the entire roll of ribbon, because I looped another piece around the center to hide the masking tape and give my bow tails. This takes a little extra manipulation to get the knot hidden on the backside of the bow while keeping the pattern side on the tails facing forward, but it is possible.
I trimmed the bottom of my ribbon by folding it in half (print side facing out).
And then cut on a diagonal up towards the bow, like this…
So that the ends looked a little more like this…
Before I attached the bow to the leaf, I slid a piece of yarn (but any ribbon/thread/string would work) through the knot on the back, see pic below. This will ultimately create a “hook” for hanging your Leaf Wreath on the door.
Now, grab your felt leaf and slide both ends of the yarn through one of the top slits in the leaf pattern as shown below.
Stick with me here; next, you will bring the yarn back to the front side by going over the stem and letting the yarn rest closely on either side of the stem (below shows how I did this, but is pictured from the front side). You can see my yarn threads through the top slit to the backside of the leaf then comes up over the stem again to the frontside.
Now, taking both pieces together, push them right through the middle of what you did in the first yarn step. Below I pulled my bow back to better show a visual, but you’ll want to keep this nice and tight after threading through to the back.
Okay, so we just made a secure loop starting with the bow and looping around the leaf top. Now all you do is knot the two yarn pieces together being careful to leave yourself enough room as a “hook” for wherever you plan to hang this. I knotted it several times and then trimmed the excess. As long as the tied yarn pieces remain shorter than the stem, it doesn’t matter what your knot looks like because it should stay hidden.
My leaf wreath is for the front door, so the bow needed more support than a piece of yarn. I didn’t really want the bow flopping every time we open & close the front door. So, I used a glue gun to adhere the bow’s center right onto the felt leaf.
It’s not necessary to glue all the loops of the bow to the leaf, just the center knotted piece is good enough, assuming you use a good sized glob of hot glue.
You could stop here and have a welcoming piece of fall decor to hang wherever you want. It should look like this…
BUT, I thought it seemed a little too plain. So, I grabbed regular glue from my daughter’s art stash, a mini paintbrush, and burnt-orange glitter used on my last project (CLICK HERE for that tutorial).
Using the glue, outline around the edge of the leaf.
Then, use the paintbrush to flatted the glue down because I didn’t like the raised “puffy paint” style (or don’t, it’s your style preference and your leaf).
Cover with glitter and let dry!
Don’t forget to bling the stem.
And just like that, our original plain felt leaf is transformed to a welcoming Leaf Wreath.
Some glitter ended up clinging to the felt even without glue, but I left it because it looks purposeful, a happy accident so to speak. If you don’t like it, you can always shake it off once the glued spots are completely dry.
I can’t show it hanging on my front door yet, because I’m scheduled in October to show my front porch. However, this gives you a sneak peak and shows how simple and inexpensive Fall decorating can be.
Sometimes I have trouble separating myself from the commercialism of social media and all the pricy ways to decorate for each season. BUT, when I can add something this cheerful and eye-catching for only TWO DOLLARS; well then, that’s a bargain I can handle and a creative outlet for my DIY side.
So, whether you want a fresh update from last year’s decorations or you can’t find your seasonal items buried in moving boxes (haha) this Leaf “Wreath” is sure to get you in the mood for Fall!
Oh, and below is a Pin-able reminder for coming back later to this DIY project because I know how busy everyone gets this time of year!