Happy autumn equinox, guys! This weekend (Friday 22nd, to be precise) marks the official start of autumn… YAY! I bloody love this time of year. The leaves are starting to fall from the trees, golden orange and brown. The sun is low in the sky and there’s a chill in the air. The knitwear is dug out from the back of the wardrobe (at last!). Pumpkins, chestnuts, damsons and figs are in season. Not to mention that little old thing called Halloween! Yep, autumn is my time of year.
Since I’m so obsessed with autumn, perhaps is not a surprise that I like to decorate my home for the season… (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!). I just think there’s something soothing about letting the outside world in, and reflecting the seasons in your home. So, with this in mind, I thought I’d share a super quick and easy tutorial to make a DIY autumn wreath.
To make this DIY autumn wreath, I called upon two of my very fave craft brands: Trimcraft (who designed the wood effect card) and Cricut (whose paper cutter I used to cut out the shapes). But you could totally adapt and use whatever papers you like, then cut them out by hand. 🙂
DIY autumn wreath decoration
Supplies and equipment
- Thin card
- Scrap cardboard
- Paper glue or double sided tape
- OPTIONAL: a Cricut
What to do
I didn’t take any photos of the steps (bad blogger!), but this is such an easy project that I’m sure you won’t need them!
- Start by selecting the card you’d like to use to make your DIY autumn wreath. Earthy tones and autumnal colours are an obvious choice that are guaranteed to look great (think: deep greens, browns, oranges and reds), but you could also mix it up with hints of gold and yellow. Anything goes! I chose the wood grain effect paper from Trimcraft’s Wild at Heart range, which I am a little bit obsessed with. ?
- Once you’ve chosen your paper, it’s time to cut out the shapes for your wreath. I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out three leaf shapes (which I found on the Cricut Design Space), but you could just as easily cut a design out by hand. If you do, I’d recommend making a template to trace around, so that your leaves are consistent sizes.
- You now need to make the backing piece of your DIY autumn wreath. This is really easy – just cut out a ring shape in a piece of scrap cardboard! If you don’t have any cardboard that’s big enough, just cut a few sections and glue them together to make the full circle (that’s what I did). Just make sure that the ring is thin enough to be covered completely by your leaves. Top tip: use a large dinner plate as a template, so you get a perfect circle.
- Last up, you simply need to glue the leaf shapes to your cardboard wreath backing. Apply a dab of paper glue or a small piece of double sided tape to the first leaf, then stick it to the cardboard. Repeat with the next one along, making it slightly overlap. Keep going until you’ve gone all the way round, then tuck the last one in behind the first one to complete the wreath.
Now you just need to use a bit of blu-tack or a Command Hook to stick your DIY autumn wreath up. (Obviously, don’t go putting this on the outside of your front door – paper and rain do not mix well!). This project took about 1 hour to create in total. So why not make yourself some hot spiced tea, stick on some Netflix and get crafting? That’s what autumn is all about, right?! – Mike.
Don’t forget to Pin this image, so you can try it later!