my craft adventures tend to be hit or miss. but this one? damn, i smashed this one outta the park. best of all, i barely had to buy anything! these beautiful colours were all found at the paint wall of my local hardware store! definitely a great project to make use of my brother scanncut – not sure how i would cut 90 leaves without it! read on for how to make this beautiful christmas paper-chip wreath for your front door.
1 | T O O L S & M A T E R I A L S
Hot glue gun
Brother ScanNCut (optional, but makes quick work of cutting out 70 leaves!)
Paint chip samples (around 50)
Florist wire (6cm)
Tip: choose a single colour hue (ie pink or teal) and progress through the various shades from light to dark for a dramatic and cohesive look. I worked with British Paints chips as they’re larger sized, available at Bunnings and have a wonderful texture.
2 | G E T L E A F T E M P L A T E
Download the leaf jpeg, convert to SVG then import into the Brother ScanNCut Canvas. Resize the leaf to 8cm long, place two side by side, then duplicate the pair so you have one set every 10 cm squared.
3 | P R E P A R E T H E M A T
Meanwhile, stick the paint chips to the low-tack standard mat
4 | C U T T H E L E A V E S
Load the mat, cut the shapes, then remove from the mat and replace with new chips. You’ll need to cut around five sets = 9 x 2 x 5 = 90 leaves
5 | P R E P A R E T H E W R E A T H
Before you place any leaves on the wreath, you’ll want to make sure you have your hook positioned firmly for hanging after. For me, this meant tying a strang of florist wire and pressing it into the back of the styrofoam wreath
6 | M A P O U T Y O U R C O L O U R S
Lay the cut leaves out around the wreath to give you an idea of the progression. Start with the lightest/most white shade at the top and aim to feature the darkest shade opposite that at the bottom
7 | P R E P A R E T H E L E A V E S
To give the leaves a natural appearance, fold them down the middle along the edge of a ruler
8 | G L U E T H E L E A V E S
Warm up the glue gun and start by sticking down the white leaves at the top of the wreath. Use each new leaf to cover the base of the previous leaves. I featured about 3 – 6 leaves of each shade before progressing to the next.
8 | C O N T I N U E & C O M P L E T E
Continue to add leaves until all the white space on the wreath is filled. Congrats! Your wreath is complete!