I admit sometimes I waste some time on the internet looking for inspiration. My favorite sites are Pottery Barn and Pier One Imports. I like to see trends in colors and occasionally I see something that makes me think….hmmm I could make MY VERSION of THAT!
I saw this outdoor wreath made with metal maple leaves. WOW! It is pretty awesome but if I had it on my front door, it wouldn’t be there for long. Our fall days get pretty windy.
My brain saw sheet music! Large sheet music maple leaves would be really cool. I found a free clip art pattern for a maple leaf and sized it to 5 inches wide.
I cut out 32 maple leaves and used watered down acrylic paint in fall colors. I found it worked best to cover the leaf with water BEFORE adding the acrylic paint, then the acrylic paint doesn’t block out the notes on the vintage sheet music.
After the leaves were dry, I used Ranger Stickles to simulate the leaf veins.
After the Stickles was dry I cut a gold wire 6″ long and attached it on the back of each leaf with hot glue and covered it with the scrap of paper.
I wrapped each gold wire around the wreath form, overlapping the leaves and trying to vary the colors. After each leaf was attached securely I used a skinny pencil to coil the extra wire.
This wreath was really fun to make if you want to try making one, click on the clip art maple leaf and you can print it out on cardstock for a pattern! YIKES…..I am getting in the mood for fall : )