DIY Rustic Christmas Wreath

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Hi Guys, can you believe that it's already November and thoughts of Christmas are entering into our brains!? I'm usually a last minute kind of girl, but I wanted to share some projects this year with you and I'm hoping that by preparing so early... I'll be ready for the big day.
HAHAHA! I know myself pretty well and that last sentence just made me laugh out loud, one can hope though, right?
I'm sharing with you how I made this DIY rustic Christmas wreath, I sure hope you like it. Here is a sneak peak.
Before I start with the how-to of the DIY portion, I'd like you to know that not everything turns out exactly like I think it will while DIYing and blogging about it... take this little DIY rustic Christmas wreath for example. I had a bit of a different concept in mind when I saw these beautiful clementines in the grocery store. The deep green stopped me in my tracks while rushing around gathering my groceries... I may have aggressively grabbed the clementines hoping to have a few extra fist fulls of those gorgeous leaves. So lush and vibrant!

I brought all of the groceries home and forgot about my little bag of yum until I needed to make my wreath.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the bag of clementines to find the dried up and shrivelled leaves, yikes I nearly panicked!
I decided to iron the leaves before I completely had to scrap this project. As you can probably guess... my well laid plans to make a beautiful wreath out of all of the dark green leaves became a wreath with some of these leaves, I just didn't have forever to iron all of the leaves.

Thank-goodness they were useable... not exactly like I imagined, but I kind of like the way this little wreath ended up turning out and lesson learned... press any and all leaves under a heavy book. Alrighty then... on to the how-to portion of this project, it's super easy.

The things I used:

Antique stroller wheel

Clementines with leaves attached (don't forget to dry the leaves under a press or a heavy book)

Vintage sheet music (cut leaves out of the sheet music the same size and shape as the dried leaves, varying in size)


Glue gun and glue

Tiny red styrofoam balls (dollar store)
I used an antique stroller wheel, I use these as is in my decor all year round, I have 2.
Dried and ironed clementine leaves.
1. Wrap wheel in jute - I wanted to avoid glueing anything directly to the wheel as I use this in my decor all year long, when Christmas is over I'll just snip the jute away and have the plain rustic wheel again.

2. Make faux "holly", glue the dried leaves together similar to holly leaves and add sheet music as shown above (cut sheet music to match general size of dried leaves - vary sizes) glue them all together.

3. Glue red styrofoam balls in the center of faux holly (see photo above).

4. Glue the whole thing onto the jute wrapped wheel.

5. Continue until you like the look of your wreath. I glued some of the faux holly leave pieces behind the wheel too, that added a nice depth.
I stopped when I was happy with how it all looked. I like the fact that it's so simple (less than an hour to make) and rustic, the other thing I like about this little wreath is that I can move it where ever I'd like. Pop on over to the blog by clicking on the link below and see where this little wreath is displayed, I think it turned out pretty darn cute.
Laurie @ Vinyet Etc
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  • Carol Harris Carol Harris on Nov 06, 2015

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Nov 08, 2016
    So stinking cute. Love the Wheel. Been trying to find them everywhere. And I love the tip on the leaves. I never knew you could iron them. (Well I don't have green thumb either) Do you spray anything on the Real Fruit and Leaves to preserve it longer?