DIY the prettiest paper leaf wreath for fall

Check out this pretty Fall Leaf Wreath. Who knew a few sheets of cardstock would make such a pretty Fall Leaf Wreath? It’s no wonder that last year, Paper Creations magazine featured this wreath by designer Patty Schaffer. I’m excited to share it with you this year.

I love the fall colors and textures on this wreath. It's made from cardstock that's been soaked in water and inked. Really lovely! To make a Pretty Paper Leaf Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” beveled wreath
  • Yarn, brown homespun or other chunky brown yarn
  • Cardstock, five 12” x 12” sheets in fall colors
  • Ink, brown
  • Beading pins
  • Tools needed: Scissors; bowl; paper towels; sponge applicator; optional: paper trimmer

    Such a pretty fall wreath! Make it with cardstock. has the tutorial.

    Pretty Fall Leaf Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make the Prettiest Fall Leaf Wreath:

1. Pin and glue one end of the brown yarn to the back of the wreath, and then wrap the yarn around the wreath. Continue wrapping till the wreath is completely covered. Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath.

How to make a Fall Leaf Wreath using cardstock.

Brown yarn covers the wreath beneath the leaves. I think it looks pretty this way, too.

2. Cut the cardstock into smaller pieces, measuring approximately 2 ½” to 3” long by 1 ½” to 2” wide. Make sure you have an assorted selection of different sizes and shapes in each color.

3. Soak the paper pieces in a bowl of water for a few minutes. Wring out each piece and crumple it, then open it back up and lay it flat to dry on a paper towel. Let paper dry completely (overnight, if possible).

4. Freehand cut leaf shapes from the paper pieces.

These leaves look almost real!  They're part of a gorgeous Fall Leaf Wreath made with cardstock.

Inking the leaves highlights the texture, making them look almost real.

5. Use a sponge applicator to apply brown ink to the leaves. Ink around the edge of each leaf, and across the top to highlight the texture and add dimension.

6. Pin a few leaves onto the wreath to start. Add the next row, covering the pins from the first row. Work your way all the way around the wreath, covering it with the paper leaves. Finish the wreath by gently lifting the first row of leaves and pinning the last few leaves underneath, hiding the pins.

Patty has suggested that you don’t have to make all of the leaves all at once. If it’s easier to work a little crafting time into a few days, versus one big chunk of time, soak, cut and ink the paper leaves in a couple of sessions.

The leaves are starting to turn color . . .

Here comes fall!

I’m starting to see a few red leaves in my yard, and I’m wondering when it will be time to switch out my pots to mums. Have you switched up your outdoor décor yet? How to you decorate your outdoor space in the fall?

Happy crafting.


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8 Responses to DIY the prettiest paper leaf wreath for fall

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  3. I love this, Sharon! The paper leaves are gorgeous.

  4. Maria Duarte Borges says:

    Hi Sharon!
    I’m Maria from Portugal and I loves your wreath. It looks real! If I didn’t know those leaves were made of cardboard I think I would look at them as for real, at least, at a first glance… Anyway, I’m going to start to prepare things… I want one for me, although here there’s not that tradition of buying or doing wreaths for Fall, but I don’t care. Everyone is going to be jealous of mine… Congratulations! Really loved it! Maria

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you stopped in, Maria, and thank you for visiting. I’m glad you’re inspired — have fun with this wreath, and be sure to share a photo! Happy crafting. Sharon

  5. LIsaM says:

    What a great wreath. The leaves good almost real.
    I don’t do much outside for decorating. I do plan to buys some of the mums to put out front in the driveway this year. The leaves around here are turning to. 1st day of school and looks like rain.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Lisa. The leaves are such pretty colors. Patty has beautiful leaves in her etsy shop, made with patterned scrapbook papers, layered and stitched together. You should go take a look. I hope the kids have a great year at school! Sharon

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