DIY autumn leaf wreath

DIY autumn leaf wreath

The inspiration for this project was this maple leaf wreath from Antique Farmhouse last year. I became slightly obsessed with it. It sold out. I wanted to create something similar, using metallic finishes.

It’s fairly simple to create, and it does not take a long time at all. You only need a few supplies and viola! – an autumnal leaf wreath to enjoy for the holiday season.

supplies you need for a DIY autumn leaf wreath

  • 1-Grapevine wreath form {craft store using a coupon}
  • 3-Leaf garlands {Dollar Tree}
  • Gold, Silver and Copper spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Small handy towel

If metallics aren’t your thing, you can always spray the leaves in fall colors, ie. burnt oranges, golden yellows and deep reds. I love projects like these that you can always make your own.

directions for a DIY autumn leaf wreath

  • 1. Assemble all your supplies.
  • 2. Pull apart or cut leaves off of faux garland.
  • 3. Spray paint equal amounts of leaves in each color {gold, silver & copper} on both sides.
  • 4. Attach the leaves onto grapevine wreath form using hot glue.
metallic wreath leaves craft
  • 5. Make sure to spread leaves and different color finishes randomly throughout the wreath to create a pleasing composition to the eye.
  • 6. Hang wreath and enjoy!
DIY leaf wreath

craft tips for making a metallic leaf wreath

I used two different brands of metallic spray paints on this project. The gold and silver paint are by Rustoleum, while the copper paint is Ace Hardware. It wasn’t on purpose, since I was focused on the color I wanted and did not notice the different brands. But I did notice the difference when I was spraying them. The Rustoleum was much easier to spray. The nozzle is more ergonomic, plus the paint sprays more evenly. Just saying.

autumnal wreath DIY

Also some of my leaves were bent from storing them, and I went ahead and just sprayed them as they were. I would suggest laying the leaves under something heavy the night before you work on this project so it flattens them, making the spraying process easier.

how to make a metallic leaf wreath DIY

Make sure to spray paint both sides of the leaves, allowing plenty of drying time between both sides. Before you glue the leaves onto the grapevine form you want them to be fully dry and set. I let mine dry over night.

metallic wreath craft

The leaves I used were very thin and the hot glue transfered through them at high heat. To avoid getting burned {again}, I used a handy towel to press leaves down on wreath form as the glue set.

metallic leaf wreath

Craft stores always have sales and coupons at any given time so try to purchase your grapevine wreath form using one of these discount opportunities making this project even cheaper.

DIY autumn leaf wreath

Although I purchased these leaf garlands at the Dollar Tree, you can also find faux leaves in other places. You could luck out and find outdated fall decor at a thrift store or garage sale and simply cut out any leaves. Faux leaves are also readily available in crafts stores or even on Etsy.

autumnal styling with metallic leaf wreath

Wreaths make great back drops for seasonal vignettes. I hung mine on the chippy shutters in the dining room and created a seasonal vignette on the sideboard.

autumnal fall decor

By including other seasonal decor items it rounds out the autumnal feeling of the vignette. Everything should not scream fall, but non seasonal items can also tie in based on color or texture for example.

fall vignette

I used some dried seasonal florals, which bring in both color and texture. For more seasonal flavor I also included an apothecary jar full of acorns and a cloche full of brown leather books, which add more of the same color and texture.

fall decor

This is the first Fall decorating project I have accomplished for the year, but I think I am ready to bring down the fall bins. Regardless of the 100+ degree weather outside, I will start some fall goodness inside. I have so many seasonal posts lined up, including seasonal decorating ideas, table stylings and craft projects. Stay tuned.

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autumnal decor

The other side of the sideboard is balance off with a footed, silver tray. I added more vintage books with an architectural metal orb and feather ball. Both adding more layers of texture and color. I topped off the books with a mercury glass lidded jar to add some bling to tie in with the wreath.

get the autumn leaf wreath look

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

ALbert Camus

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Ellen says:

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it. I have one question…how do I pin it so I can save it?

  2. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! Love your quote. It’s one of my favorites. Happy Autumn!

  3. Denise/My Home of All Seasons says:

    Love this Mary Jo. I’m crazy about anything with copper this time of year and this turned out just so pretty! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

  4. Vicki says:

    Hi, the wreath is lovely, the colors you choose are very beautiful with the wood tones your using in the vignette. Our summer has been so nice this month i’ve been dragging my feet til this weekend to start decorating for autumn.

    1. Thanks so much Vicki. I know, it’s hard when the weather doesn’t cooperate but fall is my favorite season. XO- MJ

  5. Your wreath is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at #omhgww. See you next week. Pinned and tweeted if the buttons are available.

    1. Thanks Clearissa. It was easier to craft than I expected. XO- MJ

  6. Maria Kamara says:

    This is such a creative way to use these leaves MaryJo! Love the color palette you went with as well.

  7. Natasha Mairs - Serenity You says:

    I love this so much!!! and I really love the colours you chose for the leaves

    1. Thanks so much. I love the metallic against an organic feel. Fun fall! Thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

  8. NikiLEOwife says:

    I love this wreath! You always have a great wreath on your shutters. I think I’m going to have to adopt your idea (steal maybe lol). I haven’t yet hung my shutters since we’ve moved, but I think adding them to a side table in our kitchen might be the ticket. Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks Niki. I love my chippy shutters. They make a great backdrop. You’ll be so happy when you add yours. They are super fun to style. Have a great day! XO-MJ

  9. What a great idea to spray paint the leaves! Sometimes I like the color of silk leaves, but I often like the shape and not the color. Your metallic ones look so good!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thanks so much Richella. Paint is magical. I’m honored to be featured @ Imparting Grace. XO- MJ

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