Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Autumn Leaves Ornament / Wreath {Fall Home Decor}

Pin It Now! Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?  I already have guests here at the house, and am starting my side dishes...pineapple casserole, marinated carrots, and cakes and cookies.  We have a winter storm due to arrive tonight, so we all may  be snowed in!

After all the food prep today, I finished a project that I've been trying to do since LAST year!!!

Remember the gorgeous Christmas ornaments from last year?  I wanted an autumn one.  Finally, here it is...
I've updated it to use current product, including the 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon, crepe paper, and woodgrain embossing folder.  
Here's my process:
First of all, I consulted Margaret Murray's tutorial here, and tweaked it as I went along.
Cut 20 of the maple leaf (More Mustard), and 20 of the smaller leaf (Old Olive) from Autumn Accents Bigz Die.
Stamp the maple leaves with En Francais using Crumb Cake ink, then sponge edges with Cherry Cobbler.
Emboss the smaller leaves with Woodgrain TIEF and sponge with Always Artichoke.
Fold 15 of each leaf in half lengthwise, leave 5 of each for backing.
Glue 3 folded leaves back to back and glue them to a flat leaf as shown.  Repeat for 5 sets.
Same process with the smaller leaves.  
Okay, for my base I punch a 5-petal flower punch and a 2-1/2" circle punch, so you know where each leaf set will get hot glued.  
Hot glue one set of maple leaves to each "flower petal". Nestle the smaller leaves between the maple leaf sets and hot glue. 
Make a burlap rose with your 1-1/4" Burlap ribbon.  Just roll the ribbon in half lengthwise and hot glue a tight roll in the center.  Then roll and twist the burlap loosely to create a flower. I didn't glue as I went along, but waited until I was satisfied with the flower and hot glued it to a silicone sheet.  Add a Vintage Faceted Button in the center with a basic rhinestone (large) with Crystal Effects.
I thought the burlap rose needed a little softening look to it, so I traced the smaller leaf onto Crepe Paper, folding the paper into 5 layers to get all my leaves at once.
I don't know who chewed this pencil, it wasn't me :D
Sponge with Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  They are lookin' pretty!
Gently hot glue them down, tucking them in with a pencil tip.
The hot glued mess is coming together!
Add the finished burlap rose and a little ribbon to hang it with!
Time to celebrate!  Know what I'm thankful for?  My sweet boys.  My precious pup, Lizzy.  Crunchy leaves. Those smiles.  A happy home with my hardworking husband.  

Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika


  1. this is SPECTACULAR!! I never would have thought to use leaves to make this ornament! I love it!! Now I want to make one, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation.

  2. Oh my goodness--this is just beautiful!! Yep I want to make one too. So generous of you to share directions, thank you for that.