Just a handful of weeks ago, I took the dictionary off my shelf and made an amazing discovery. There, tucked between the pages, were the most gorgeous pressed leaves.
This year I’ve been truly craving the Autumns I’ve grown to know and love over my years on this Earth, and finding those leaves was a perfect bit of serendipity. All of a sudden, I had a tiny bit of home, a tiny bit of Fall, right here in California.
And while I’m not collecting Fall leaves this year – at least not yet – I am so glad for the leaves I found within those pages and the memories they hold. I had to make something with them, something to have and to hang, to remind me of Fall, my most favorite season. An autumn leaf wreath seemed like just the thing.
You Will Need
Freshly Fallen Leaves
Thick Heavy Book
Hot Glue Gun
What To Do
Start by collecting some freshly fallen leaves. If you live in an area where the leaves change colors in Fall, you can collect leaves then. If you live in an area where the leaves don’t change and fall, green leaves work just as well! Just pick a few off your favorite trees or shrubs.
Place the leaves between pages of a thick, heavy book. The leaves may leach a little moisture, or color, onto the pages, so be sure to choose a book where that won’t bother you. Once the leaves are sandwiched inside, place the book at the bottom of a stack of books so there is a good, firm heavy pressure.
Wait. You’ll want to check your leaves from time-to-time, seeing if they’re fully dried and ready for making a wreath. If you’re like we are, you might just forget about those leaves pressed between the pages and discover them the very next year when you go to press more leaves – a pleasant surprise!
Take your pressed leaves and gently paint them on one side with a thin layer of Mod Podge. The Mod Podge will keep your leaves from crumbling.
Wait. Let that layer of Mod Podge dry all the way.
Using hot glue, attach the leaves to the embroidery hoop. Use any size hoop you’d like, but if you’ve got larger leaves you’ll probably want at least a 12-inch diameter hoop.