Actually, over Thanksgiving in Minneapolis was where I spotted my inspiration for this wreath. While perusing my faaaavorite store, Anthropologie (I live off of gift cards from the fam- you know who you are!), I immediately took a liking to this felt leaf wreath.
But then I saw the price tag- $68. I'm madly in love with Anthropologie, but their prices are not so sweet. Being me, I got to thinking. It didn't look so complicated.
So upon returning home, I got to work.
- approx. 8-9 squares of off-white felt ($.35/each = $3.15)
- 1 14" foam wreath (FREE, because I already had it... but it'd probably be about $5 to buy one)
- 1 tiny owl (I just happened to find this on sale at JoAnn Fabrics for $5)
- glue gun
- brown Sharpie (I imagine any brown marker would work)
- scrap cardboard- think cereal box
First, I drew leaves onto a piece of thin cardboard until I got one that suited my fancy. After cutting it out, I strategically traced it onto my first piece of felt to get as many leaves out of one piece as possible. I think I managed to get 8-9 leaves out of each piece of felt.
Next, I layered another piece of felt under the one I drew on, then cut out each traced leaf. I probably cut out about 75 leaves in all. Actually, I cut out closer to 85... but thanks to an unfortunate accident involving a hyper cat and some red wine, I ended up throwing some away.
From there, I used a brown Sharpie to lightly draw the "veins" of each leaf on.
Then it was all placing and gluing. I fired up the hot glue gun and got to work, making sure the leaves covered the wreath on the inner and outer edge where it might be visible from the side. I made all the leaves face the same general direction (just like the inspiration wreath), but tried to keep it looking random still.
Once the leaves were nestled all snug on their wreath, I popped on the owl with a bit of hot glue. And then I called it "complete".
When all was said and done, it cost me a whopping $8.50 for this project. A mere $59.50 less than the inspiration wreath from Anthropologie. And it only took about an hour and a half to put it together- of course I was watching Christmas movies (and obviously drinking red wine) through most of it, which probably slowed me down.
What do you think? Is it worth the savings for the DIY version?