DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

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Hello everyone!  My name is Liz and I blog over at Lizzie Jane Baby.  I’m so excited to be posting here on I {heart} Nap Time.  Today I wanted to share a fun fall craft that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
I love to dress up my front door for holidays and seasons and since fall is kind of my favorite season, I wanted to do something new.  I’ve had the same decoration as my fall front door wreath for the last couple years and was ready for a change.  So I made up this cute (and did I mention inexpensive) fall leaf wreath.
I found these big felt leaves from the dollar tree and knew I wanted to use them in a project.  I decided to use them for my new front door decor.  I just loved all the fun fall colors they came in.  I laid them out in a pattern I liked and got the rest of my supplies ready.

For this project you will need:

Felt leaves
a hanger
felt scraps
hot glue
a piece of burlap
brown paint
fabric stiffener
paint brush
vinyl, contact paper, stencils
Working from the backside first, I hot glued the bottom 2 leaves to my hanger.  I wanted them to really stay put and hold so once I covered the hanger with hot glue, I covered it with a scrap piece of felt.  I did the same for both ends of the wreath.  Then I flipped it over and worked from the front side.

I just worked my way around the wreath, layering and hot glueing the leaves onto each other until I felt they were really attached.

Next I worked on the banner.  I drew about a 3 inch wide by 18 inch long semi arch for my banner onto my burlap and cut it out.  As you can see it isn’t perfect, but hey it gives it character! ;)  I worked with my burlap for a minute or two to make sure I could create the look I was going for.  Then I covered my work surface with freezer paper.  You can use what ever you have on hand.  Wx paper and parchment paper would work too.  You just don’t want the fabric stiffener sticking to anything.
Squeeze the fabric stiffener right on to the burlap and use a sponge brush to cover the entire surface.  While it is still wet, shape the burlap into your banner.  Hopefully the pictures will help you get an idea of how I did mine.  Using a pen and a book covered in freezer paper, I shaped the ends of my banner to look like they are “flying”.  Then let the fabric stiffener dry.
I used my cricut and some contact paper to create my word WELCOME.  (You could use a stencil, vinyl or even free hand this part.)  I placed the letters on my banner and then used my dark brown acrylic paint and painted them.  Once it had dried, I positioned it onto the top of my wreath where I wanted it to go.

Then I used hot glue to tack down the banner.  I also added a scrap of felt to the back of the banner where it crossed the hanger for added support.

Then it was ready to hang on my front door.

Didn’t it turn out great!  I think it is just so perfect for fall!  It lets me feel like I am among all the beauty of color changing leaves, even though I live in AZ where we don’t get to enjoy that part of fall.

I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids ages 4 and 2.  I love doing crafts that involve my kids, it makes crafting so much more fun.  I also like to craft for myself, for my home and for my friends and family.  Lizzie Jane Baby is my crafty outlet.  I not only share my crafts, but my recipes, simple DIY and printables.  You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and of course Pinterest.  I’d love for you to stop by and say hello!

Here are some of my favorite posts:

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Happy Crafting!
Thanks for sharing Liz! What a cute and easy idea for fall! For more projects make sure to check out the holiday crafts and project gallery.
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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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Comments

  1. Renea (cupcake-n-bake) posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:57 am (#
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    How fun! This is such a great idea!

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  2. Liz @ LizzieJane Baby posted on September 28, 2012 at 8:45 am (#
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    Thanks Jamielyn for having me! Have a great weekend!

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  3. karen Weight posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:04 am (#
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    So cute! I love that Dollar Store for cheap and cute crafty ideas:) Great job!!

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  4. Jenny Metcalf posted on September 29, 2012 at 5:52 am (#
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    Jamie, where do you buy burlap? i found some other way cute ideas on pinterst!! oh the fun of Crafting… i dont get comments on my blog, can you comment? love you sweet cousin.
    Jenny

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  5. Monica posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:26 am (#
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    What a cute idea! I saw these at the dollar store and thought they would be fun for some sort of project. Very cute!

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  6. Tammy posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:04 am (#
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    I would love to have your spiderman church lesson emailed to me. Thank you

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  7. John posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm (#
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    I loved that idea, they sell those at dollar store who would have ever thought so cool.
    do you have a online store you should sell what you make and have little online store or paypal so we can donate dollar or two just for the idea to support your ideas. So creative. keep it up. love the fall wreath. genius.

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  8. John posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#
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    Do you make youtube shows? You should. I would think you can be a brand name like martha setwart work with business planner and lawyer and start your llc, or inc. Be a brand name and sell your craft in walmart or target it be affordable and allow others to afford the spirit. Its a gift god gives everyone that will supply your lifttime of fortune. I think you should create a company that mass produced your thoughts you create in your mind and let it manifest in every home. Its beautiful country we have. AWSOME website.

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