Written, Photographed and Video by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly
Autumn is such a wonderful, welcoming time of year as she offers up the crackling, underfoot sounds of fallen leaves, the warming aromas of pumpkin spice and apple pie, and the crisp hint and promise of cooling temperatures. It’s also the season to start planning our decorations for the holidays and those we love.
Why not welcome guests with a decorative ode to autumn, by crafting a door decor accent that celebrates these many wonderful autumnal attributes? You’ll love how fun and crafty you can get with today’s project: a corn husk and felt acorn wreath. With this step-by-step how to and FREE DOWNLOADABLE leaf template, you can make one to display all season long, year after year for a cheerful and creative “hello” to fall!
What You’ll Need:
- corn husks (1 package)
- 14” wire wreath form
- 14” foam wreath form
- felt (fall colors, 8-10 sheets)
- embroidery needle
- embroidery thread (fall colors)
- craft glue
- green floral wire
- acorn tops (24-30 tops)
- felt balls (fall colors, 24-30 balls)
- hot glue gun
- tacks or ballpoint pens
- Print, trace onto felt, then cut out leaf templates. Use this free downloadable leaf template, or find an online leaf shape you like. Tip: create a cardstock template to make tracing several leaves onto your felt much easier and accurate. You can print the leaf shapes directly onto cardstock or cut out your paper, then trace onto and cut out of cardstock.
- Trace and cut out felt leaves. For each complete leaf, you’ll want to cut out two (2) large leaves and one (1) smaller, inside leaf. Make a minimum of 8 complete leaves. Or…make more or less depending on how you wish your wreath to look like…it’s up to you!
- Place the small leaf onto one large leaf, then embroider the veins. Use a straight stitch to create the lines of the veins. See the downloadable template for ideas. Note: don’t worry if the embroidery stitches are not perfect…it looks more charming and homemade if they aren’t!
- Cut a 3 ½ “ piece of floral wire, glue it by sandwiching it between the embroidered leaves and the one large leaf. Allow to dry.
- Using a glue gun, glue acorn caps to felt balls.
- Cut a 1 ¾ “ piece of floral wire, then, using your embroidery needle, poke a hole about ¾ deep, then dip wire into craft glue (or hot glue), and insert into felt ball. Allow to dry.
- Wrap foam wreath form with corn husks, then pin into place. Be sure to tear, long-wise, your husks to fit snugly around wreath form. Continue to wrap until you can no longer see foam. Set aside
- Cut and hot glue corn husks to wire wreath form. You can decide how long you’d like your pieces to be. Ours was approximately 1 ½” – 2 ½” long. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Simply start from the outside in. Take each corn husk piece, fold over the bottom, add glue, then wrap around each wire. Overlap as well as you can so when you’re finished, you don’t see any wire.
- Shred the corn husks. Take each piece and tear like ribbon about ¼” for each section. When you’re finished, you can use scissors to curl it or you can do it by hand.
- Glue the foam wreath form to the wire form. Dab a good amount of hot glue to four points on the wire wreath, then press the foam form onto it. Add extra glue where needed.
- Insert the leaves and acorns into the foam. Be creative! Use as many leaves and acorns as you wish!
- Add a hanging wire. Fish a 10” piece of floral wire through the back of the wire wreath, twist to create a loop.
Optional: add a center decorative hanging hook. Just poke it through the foam form, then hang items like decorative acorns, Halloween decorations, or make a two-sided felt leaf (see free downloadable leaf template for extra leaf template).
Watch the video tutorial!