How To Make A Paper Bag Fall Leaf Wreath. Today I’m sharing a simple project on how to make a paper bag fall leaf wreath. This is an excellent way to recycle paper bags while creating something pretty to display for fall.
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It’s time for our Handcrafted Society monthly get together hosted by Wendy of WM Design House. If you’re wondering what the Handcrafted Society is all about. Simply put, it’s a group of bloggers who share a love for handcrafted items.
Our challenge each month is to take an assigned medium or theme to create whatever our heart desires. Missy of Sonata Home Design chose leaves as our theme for our September challenge. Sounds perfect for all kinds of fall crafts to me.
If you’re coming over from Saved From Salvage, I’m so happy you’re here. Regina’s door hanger turned out so cute. Love those subtle fall colors, don’t you?!
To see last month’s HS project, click on my post Anthropologie Inspired Dish Towels & Napkins.
How To Make A Paper Bag Fall Leaf Wreath
I love making garlands with paper leaves, but this is the first time I’m using them on a wreath. Yes it does require a little bit of scissor time, but overall it’s such an easy project. You’ll probably have most of these supplies on hand, except maybe the grapevine wreath.
- grapevine wreath 12″
- brown paper bag
- brown paint marker
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- acorns dried or wood
- short twigs
- Start by dismantling your paper bag so that it will lay flat. If your paper bag has a design, you’ll want to turn it over, and work with the blank side.
- Trace around a leaf or a leaf pattern on the paper sack with a pencil, and cut out the leaves. I’m using 14 leaves to cover about three quarters of the grapevine wreath. You’ll need more if you are covering the whole wreath. Note that I’m using two oak leaf shapes, however you can use just one if you wish.
- On each leaf draw a simple vein detail with a paint marker or with a piece of chalk.
- Loosely arrange your leaves on your wreath to get an idea of how you want it to look, then secure them with hot glue.
- Add dried or wood acorns with hot glue.
- Tie a ribbon at the top of the wreath for hanging.
To give my wreath a little more personality I gathered some twigs from the backyard. These are just wedged between the paper leaves into the grapevine form. I think it’s a fun touch and adds a little more dimension to the wreath.
Styling Your Fall Paper Leaf Wreath
This wreath will not withstand the elements so I would suggest displaying it indoors only. I’m hanging mine over a vintage printers drawer that I have on the wall next to our kitchen table.
You may be wondering what happen to the shelves that were here next to the kitchen table. Well, one of the shelves was really starting to look warped, which was driving me absolutely crazy. So now both shelves are gone. I miss the shelves, but around the corner is a new wall plate display rack that I’m even more excited about. If you missed my post click on Styling A Plate Display Wall Rack.
I’m loving how this little printers drawer looks plain or as an interesting backdrop for a wreath. It’s also a pretty conversation piece for the breakfast nook area.
Make It Your Own
There are lots of ways to change up this project and make it work in your home. I love the idea of recycling paper bags, but you can also use old book pages, maps or whatever color craft paper you like.
My paper bag leaf wreath is looking very monochromatic especially with the printers drawer behind it. However you can make yours with lots of fall colors. You know what I always say, make it your own. 😉
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Up next on our Handcrafted Society hop is Sonata Home Design. Missy shares her recipe for fall leaf cookies, and oh my they are pretty!
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