DIY Autumn Wreath

Over here at London Local, being the crafty bunch that we are, we love a good DIY! This DIY post is written by one of the London Local team captains, Melodie Telliez who is the Creative Director of Slinky Links Jewellery.

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN AUTUMN WREATH

GO FOR A WALK

This weekend I went for a walk in the Heath, aka Hampstead park in North London.

It was a beautiful sunny day and would have been perfect for just a walk, but I had a purpose in mind- leaf gathering!

I have to say that Autumn is probably my favourite season and every year I long to see the trees don their last festive coat. I often wish I could bring some of those warm colours with me and keep them alive in my home and this year I finally managed to, by creating a stunning Autumn leaf wreaths.

LEAF PICKING

The first step is to choose the leaves you want to pick. Luckily they all look beautiful so  you can’t really go wrong.

I went for a wide range of leaves to make several wreath of several sizes and colours.

You’ll need a lot of leaves so don’t be afraid to walk around with a large bag full of them.

And now, let’s get to work!

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • a bunch of autumn leaves. The more leaves you have, the bigger your wreath will be.
  • a microwave
  • a can of acrylic spray
  • strong metal wire

STEP 1:  DRYING THE LEAVES

Once you have chosen your leaves, the first step is to dry them.

There are different methods you can use to dry out leaves. I used the microwave method because it’s the quickest and cheapest way.

  • Put leaves in batches in between 2 sheets of paper towel
  • Turn on the microwave for between 20 and 60 seconds depending on how wet and big the leaves are. Be very careful because leaves can catch on fire. An idea here would be to initially try drying the leaves 20 seconds at a time to see what works for you.
  • Once dry, put leave on the side for 24 hours

Using the microwave is quick but it changes the texture of the leaves somewhat. If you don’t feel comfortable using the microwave, follow the link here to see other methods you could use.

STEP 2 : SPRAYING THE LEAVES

After 24 hours, spray each leaf with acrylic clear craft spray to  preserve their colours and then leave them to dry.

I used Winsor & Newton Professional Aerosol Varnishes but there are a lot of other brand out there.

STEP 3: THREADING THE LEAVES

Now that you have done all the hard work, it’s time to have fun!

I started by sorting out my leaves by type because I want to create homogeneous wreaths but you could probably mix it up a little if you want a rougher look.

Next, you just have to thread the leaves onto the metal wire. You need to use a strong metal wire. Once you run out of leaves, you can  close the wreath by folding the tips of the wire into entwined loops.

ET VOILÀ! NOW IT’S YOUR TURN….

Enjoy!

If you’d like to see our beautiful wreaths, come to our Autumn fair on 16th of October, on Stoke Newington Church Street, from 11am to 5pm. The London Local Team is organising a beautiful market featuring some of our talented members and the wreath will be there as part of out market decorations.

Melodie from SlinkyLinks Jewellery

DIYLondon Local Team