Leaves - Aplenty Wreath
(borrowed from MSN House & Home)


Purchased glycerin preserved leaves
Optional floral paint spray in red, purple and yellow
9-inch straw circular wreath
Thick white crafts glue
Natural raffia
Gold spray paint
Plastic grapes


1. If desired, paint leaves. If you wish to enhance or intensify the color of the leaves, you can apply floral paint in a well ventilated area.  Spread out the leaves on newspaper and spray spots of color using a random motion.  Spray only edges and small portions of leaves.  Spray the purple
and lightly over the red.  Overlay the yellow onto the red.  Let leaves dry.

2. Add leaves to wreath.  Coat the wreath well with glue.  Beginning at the bottom of the wreath, arrange leaves onto wreath base overlapping each other.  Pin the leaves in place as you go. 
Insert the pin in an inconspicuous place, such as near the stem.  When the leaves begin to set
firmly into the glue, you may remove the pins.  Let the glue dry.

3. Paint raffia.  Cut a small bundle of raffia approximately 36 inches long.  Lay the raffia on newspaper and spread apart.  Spray with gold spray paint.  Let the paint dry. 
Turn the raffia over and spray again.  Let dry.

4. Tie the painted raffia into a bow and glue onto the top of the wreath.  Pin the bows in place, hiding the pin in the raffia.  Trim the tails of the raffia as desired.

5. Add grapes.  Use pins to attach the cluster of grapes underneath the bow.


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