Add autumn style to your home with a gorgeous red and gold autumn paper leaf wreath! The leaves are applied to a Styrofoam wreath base, and we used different shades of red cardstock, matt gold paper and glitter paper. Let us know in the comments what other color combinations you think would like great. To cut the leaves, we created a printable template that includes eight different shapes and numerous sizes of leaves. The template also comes as SVG file to use with a Cricut or another die-cutting machine. You can get the leaf templates at the end of this post.
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- round Styrofoam wreath base (20 cm / 12 in)
- red tissue paper
- white glue
- cardstock in different shades of red and gold
- glitter cardstock in red, pink and gold
- gold paper
- leaf template (download below)
- hot glue sticks
- foam brush
- craft scissors
- hot glue gun
- Mask the wreath base. To mask the white Styrofoam base, cut red tissue paper into strips. Then brush the wreath base with white glue and stick on the paper strips letting them to overlap. It’s a good idea to work in sections, so the glue doesn’t dry out too quickly. Once the entire base is covered and no more white is showing, allow the glue to dry completely. If you chose another color scheme (e.g. green and gold or blue and silver), simple use a different shade of tissue paper that is more appropriate for your color combination.
- Cut the papers. If cutting the leaves by hand, fold a strip of card board a few times so that a leaf template will fit. Then cut along the outline of the template. This method is an efficient way to cut multiple leaves at a time and works best with thinner papers and cardstock. On thicker paper or cardstock, trace the template with a pencil and then cut out the shape.
- Fold the paper leaves. To give the leaves a little more dimension, fold them lengthwise in half and add more folds to create veins. You can, of course, also skip this step and use the leaves flat.
- Attach the paper leaves. Add a small dot of hot glue to the bottom of a leaf and press the leaf firmly down on the wreath base. When working with hot glue, be mindful not to burn yourself. It’s easiest to start attaching leaves close to the bottom of the wreath base first and then work your way up. Allow the leaves to overlap to cover up as much of the base as possible and mix the different types of paper to create an interesting and varied look. Once you come to full circle, lift the leaves you already have attached and snuggle the last row of leaves underneath the first. Use ribbon to hang the wreath or place it as a tabletop centerpiece.
Tip: Blow over the wreath with a hairdryer to remove hot glue strings.
How to save and open the templates
Click on the button below to download free PDF & SVG templates for the autumn paper leaf wreath. Go to your “Download” folder, locate the .zip folder titled “Country_Hill_Cottage_Autumn_Paper_Leaf_Wreath_Templates”. Right-click on the folder and choose the option “Extract all” to open and access the files.
PDF & SVG Templates for Autumn Paper Leaf Wreath
Click on the button to download free PDF & SVG templates for the autumn paper leaf wreath.