How to make an Autumn wreath

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September 2, 2019 11:14 am

Rake in the compliments this autumn, creating a perfect autumn wreath. This works with whatever is in your garden. You can also make it with fake leaves purchased at a craft shops or online – ebay artificial leaves

Collect Your Materials:

• Hand cutters
• Gather enough leaves for your wreath
• Bucket of warm water
• 2 cups liquid glycerin
• Food colouring (if desired)
• Florist wire
• Wire wreath frame
• Wire snips
• 2-inch-wide orange/red/yellow ribbon

Get the Look: Use cutters to cut 24- to 36-inch branches of colourful leaves. Choose foliage that’s supple and fresh. Immediately place in a bucket of warm water for about two hours. Mix 2 cups glycerin (available from a crafts store) with 4 cups water in a pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool. For more vivid colors, add 2 tablespoons food coloring to each batch of glycerin, making a batch of glycerin solution for each color. Recut branches by slicing up the stems vertically about 1 inch. Empty water from bucket, and refill with glycerin solution. Add branches, and keep out of sun for several days until beads of glycerin form on leaves, indicating they’ve absorbed the maximum amount. (Glycerin solution can be reused.) Cut branches into smaller, 8- to 10-inch-long stems. Use florist wire to form bunches of leaves, and attach them to the top of the frame with snips. Hang with ribbon.

Choose foliage that’s supple and fresh. Immediately place in a bucket of warm water for about two hours. Mix 2 cups glycerin (available from a crafts store) with 4 cups water in a pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool. For more vivid colors, add 2 tablespoons food coloring to each batch of glycerin, making a batch of glycerin solution for each color. Recut branches by slicing up the stems vertically about 1 inch. Empty water from bucket, and refill with glycerin solution. Add branches, and keep out of sun for several days until beads of glycerin form on leaves, indicating they’ve absorbed the maximum amount. (Glycerin solution can be reused.) Cut branches into smaller, 8- to 10-inch-long stems. Use florist wire to form bunches of leaves, and attach them to the top of the frame with snips. Hang with ribbon.

Take Care: If sheltered from direct sunlight, this wreath can last two to three years. To clean, blow off dust with a cool hair dryer. Store in a plastic bag in a cool, dark place.

source – https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/colorful-foliage-fall-wreath

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