Autumn Wreath ~ Made From Cricut

Autumn is my favorite time of year and I am slowly realizing the change in weather here in Georgia.  The hot peak of the day isn’t as brutal and the evenings are becoming lovelier to sit outside and enjoy the cooler breezes and watch my cats play in the backyard.  Soon we will notice the leaves starting to change color and that is when it will really hit home that fall is here.

This weekend, I will be dragging out my autumn decorations so that I can enjoy them a little longer this year before it’s time for Christmas.  While thinking of decorating with my wreaths and ceramic pumpkins, I decided to try my first Cricut project – a paper autumn wreath using my Cricut Expression.  Until today, the only things I had ever made with this incredible machine were cards.  So this is what I made using the Wild Card and Accent Essentials cartridges.

Details ~ I used two leaf shapes from Wild Card (pg. 43 – both leaf icons) and made the wreath base from Accent Essentials (pg. 33 – <Accent2>).  For the wreath, I hid the contour lines of the inside cuts so that just a solid wreath shape would cut.

Sizes ~ The maple leaf was cut at 6 inches, the elm leaf was cut at 4 inches, and the accent wreath shape was cut at 10 inches.  Note: I cut the wreath shape out of sturdy card stock twice and glued them together to stiffen up the base.  More wreath layers can be used of course, if desired, or if you have a deep cutting blade, chip board would work great.

Texture and Color ~ I used my Sizzix Texture Boutique to emboss the leaves with a Sizzix Damask folder and a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  Then I used a hot glue gun to adhere the leaves in a random pattern (varying the colors, textures, and leaf shapes).  I went in one direction (I personally favored working counter-clockwise) and worked my way around the wreath base.  Where there were gaps or something else needed after staring at it a bit, I added more leaves.  I used three 12×24 sheets of Cricut card stock in shades of yellow, golden-yellow, and orange and used Design Studio to fill up the 12×24 mat with repeating leaf cuts.  For this wreath, I ended up using all of the leaves I cut.  There were 18 orange maple leaves, 18 yellow maple leaves, and 30 golden-yellow elm leaves for a total of 66 leaves.

Screen Shots via PDF ~ Attached are screen shots of how the leaves and the wreath base were cut in Design Studio.

To finish the look, I used some buttons and rust colored ribbon from my stash and adhered it to the bottom with a hot glue gun.

This is my first project, so please let me know how I did.  Thanks for looking!

Vanessa

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12 thoughts on “Autumn Wreath ~ Made From Cricut

  1. Hi Sophia! Thanks for checking out my first paper wreath! 🙂 This was a lot of fun to make and I am pleased on how it turned out, since so far all I’ve made with paper are cards. I am now thinking of ideas to make a Christmas wreath. I found some shapes on some of my cartridges that could be layered into a poinsettia. I can’t wait to experiment. Have a great weekend! ~Vanessa

  2. This is gorgeous! Autumn is my favorite time of year too and i love the coloured leaves. What a beautiful home decor item this is, i think if i were you i wouldn’t want to take it down when the season ends.
    Lindsay xx

  3. Thank you Lindsay for the lovely comments! I have wanted to try a paper wreath for a while now and my love for autumn gave me the inspiration to get it done! The dry embossing gave the leaves texture which I think helps make it look nicer. It turned out better than I thought it would so now I am motivated to try a Christmas wreath. I will have to experiment! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You have some wonderful projects here on your blog and I look forward to seeing what you create in the future!

  5. Hi Vanessa! It’s always strange to say hi to another Vanessa but delightful at the same time :). Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a lovely comment! Hope to see you around at your blog as well! Take care!

    • Thanks Island Traveler for the lovely comment and for stopping by again! I have not been able to post or check out other blogs that much lately but I will come and visit you soon to see what beautiful pictures you have posted! I always enjoy stopping by your blog!

      Take care,
      Vanessa

  6. Gorgeous!! It reminds me of the really pricey paper projects that Paper Source sells!! It looks awesome, thanks for sharing the ‘how to” , and have a great weekend!
    ~Scarlett

    • Thank you very much Scarlett for checking out my blog and for the lovely comment! The wreath is my first paper project and I am now anxious to try out some other home decor :). Hope you had a great weekend as well!

      ~Vanessa

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