Today, I am combining two of my favorite things, painting, and crafting. I made beautiful hand-painted leaves and then a door wreath.
I love metallic paints and was inspired to create a door wreath by using metallic paint on heavy paper and then cutting out leaf shapes using a stencil. This project is kind of like grown-up paper dolls!
This Front Door Wreath Requires Very Little Artistic Ability
You read that correctly, zero artistic ability is required for this project. And, this may be the least expensive craft I have ever made. Why?
Because I painted card stock, traced the leaves, and cut them out. The cost is very minimal.
Are you ready to learn how to make one?
What You Need to Make This Door Wreath
- White Cardstock Scrapbook Paper (12×12) (I used 8 sheets)
- Aretza Metallic Acrylic Paint Set (12)
- 1-1/2″ Rubber Brayer
- Leaf Stencils
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Metal Wreath Form (I used an 18″ wreath form)
- Metallic Spray Paint
This is one of those projects that I absolutely love. I literally had everything I needed to make this wreath already in my craft room and I was inspired by the gorgeous Arteza Metallic Acrylic Paint set that I have been using lately for a lot of my crafts. The paints are also the ones I used to make this Easy and Gorgeous Fall Tablecloth DIY.
It is perhaps the best paint I have ever used, and I have been a professional artist for many years! The paint is thick and the color is dense, but it dries quickly. The metallic element of the paint has an amazing sheen which made this project turn out especially incredible!
What do you think of my color selection? Gotta love those pinks, golds, and oranges.
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How to Paint Cardstock with Metallic Paint
- one – Using a small paint roller (brayer), cover the cardstock with three different colors on each sheet. Roll it out in all different directions.
- two – Let the sheet dry, flip it over, and use a brush to lightly paint the back side. I watered down the paint a bit. (This is optional.)
- three – Let the sheets dry.
Steps to Stencil and Cut the Leaves
- one – these are four stencils I used for the leaf patterns.
- two – Using the stencil (or a leaf print), draw around the outside edges. Be sue to draw the stencils on the back side, so the pencil marks wouldn’t show. I drew around 6 – 7 leaves per sheet, using whatever sizes would fit.
- three – Cut out the leaves into smaller pieces so the paper is easier to cut.
- four – Cut out each leaf.
- five – Each leaf looked like this.
How to Fold the Leaves
- one – Each leaf needs to be folded to make it look more authentic. All it takes are three folds to dramatically change the look of your leaf.
- two – Gently fold the leaf down the middle, with the right sides in.
- three – Open the leaf back up.
- four – Next, fold each large leaf section toward the center fold.
- five – Open the leaf up and flatten it slightly. You can see the fold lines on this leaf.
How to Attach Leaves to the Wreath Form
- one – I painted the metal wreath form gold because I knew some of the wire would show through. The green looked terrible but the gold was hardly noticed.
- two – Using a glue gun, attach the leaves around the outside of the wreath.
- three – Continue attaching the leaves until the entire wreath is covered.
Hanging the Wreath
I am so in love with this wreath and it can be hung just about everywhere in our home! of course now I want to make more of them because they look so good as a window or door wreath!
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If you have wanted to try some of my crafts and have been intimidated, then this is the craft for you! Imperfect painting, stenciling, cutting, folding, and hot gluing. That’s it!
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