These leaves won’t drop as the weather turns cold. Use them to decorate your front door for seasonal curb appeal, or add them to your fall and Thanksgiving decor inside.
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Quantities given under Materials are sufficient to make both the door garland and wreath.
The process of cutting and shaping the leaves is the same for both the garland and the wreath. Download and print the Wreath and Garland Leaf Pattern and glue it to a piece of rigid cardboard -- an empty cereal box works well for this. Cut out the leaf shapes to use as tracing patterns.
Trace the leaf shapes on the cork backing and both types of sandpaper in the quantities shown for the projects you want to make. Use scissors to cut out the cork shapes. Cut leaves from sandpaper using a utility knife, crafts knife or an old pair of scissors.
Remove the backing paper from the vinyl planks and apply printer paper to the adhesive back. Trace the leaf patterns on the paper and cut out the leaves with a utility knife or sharp scissors.
On the back of the vinyl leaves, score the material from tip to tip without cutting through it. Then fold the leaf to make a crease.
Fold each sandpaper leaf in half along its length to leave a crease. Repeat for the cork leaves but, on one end, pinch the tip and staple it on the underside to hold the crease.
Assemble pairs of leaves of different materials in V shapes and fasten them together at the tips with a stapler.
We paired the following combinations: two cork leaves, gold sandpaper and vinyl, another pair of cork leaves, and gold sandpaper with vinyl again. Then repeat the sequence with red sandpaper leaves instead of gold ones.
Cut enough 2-inch-wide strips along the 36-inch-long side of the corrugated plastic sheet to equal the combined length of the garland -- usually two long vertical sides and the horizontal top.
For long sections, such as ones that will flank a doorway, cut one of the 36-inch-long strips in half and tape an 18-inch piece to the end of a 36-inch strip with packing tape. Then add a second 36-inch strip for a 90-inch-long strip.
Using 5/16-inch staples in a staple gun, fasten the first pair of leaves at the bottom end of a 90-inch corrugated plastic strip. Overlap the second pair of leaves, tilting them slightly and covering up the staples from the first pair. Continue stapling pairs of leaves along the strip, alternating the tilt of each pair, until you reach the opposite end. Repeat for the other 90-inch strip. Then make the 36-inch-long top strip, working from the ends to the center.
For temporary installation of the garland, attach half of a Command picture-hanging strip on the back of the corrugated plastic strip. Install the other half where you want it installed on your house. Press the halves together to attach the plastic strips of leaves to your house.
Draw diagonal lines between the corners of a corrugated plastic sheet to find the center. Use a beam compass with the pencil point 12 inches from the metal tip. Draw a 24-inch-diameter circle.
If you don’t have a compass large enough, make a marking guide from a nail, piece of string and a pencil. Tie one end of the string to a nail and tie a pencil to the other end so the points of the nail and pencil are 12 inches apart when both are standing vertical.
Shorten the distance between the point and pencil of the compass or the nail and pencil so that they’re 9-1/2 inches apart. Then draw a 19-inch-diameter circle. Cut along both circles with a utility or crafts knife to create a ring.
Load a staple gun with 5/16-inch staples. Center a pair of leaves on the width of the ring and staple it in place. Then add a pair of overlapping leaves to conceal the staples and fasten them in place.
Gradually work your way around the ring, tilting the leaves slightly before stapling them in place to vary the pattern, as with the garland.
Use the Command picture-hanging strips to fasten the completed wreath to your front door.