1. Cut out each maple leaf design from the castings.
2. Apply a coat of varnish to all sides and edges of the cut-outs and let dry.
3. Optional**: Paint the leaves any color and let dry. The wreath shown above was left natural white.
4. Apply varnish only to the edges of each leaf and while it is still wet, sprinkle on the glitter. Allow to dry thoroughly.
5. Apply another coat of varnish to each leaf to seal the coat of glitter and let dry.
6. Place 16 leaves around the outside edge of the wreath, overlapping them as needed to space them evenly, and glue into place.
7. Place the remaining 16 leaves around the inside edge of the wreath, overlapping them as needed to space them evenly and to cover the cardboard frame. Glue into place.
8. Use a twist tie or wire to tie a bow with craft ribbon. Glue it to the top of the wreath.
9. Glue the hanger on the back of the cardboard frame at the top, trimming it if necessary so it doesn’t show from the front.
**Optional: After trimming the casting (left), then varnish, and paint leaves using fall colors (right). To obtain the unique effect pictured here, apply a coat of varnish to both sides and edges of your cut-outs. apply color with markers, or experiment with acrylic paints, and lightly dry-brush highlights onto the leaves. Try letting color spread from the middle of the leaves. For a different effect, use color on just the edges of leaves. Look at the leaves in your yard for inspiration and have fun!
This paper casting project is featured along with dozens of others
in our book The Art of Paper Casting, which includes basic paper casting
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.
Wreath project and 3 orange maple leaves designed and created by Sue Moore. Photograph by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.