So Tropical Storm Irma rolled through our neck of the woods a few weeks ago and in her rude way, didn’t clean up behind herself one bit!
Thankfully, we only suffered a yard littered with oak limbs and leaves – far better than many. A few leaves to rake up was certainly nothing to complain about.
My sweet friend, Carole, emailed me after the storm to see how we were. We were fine and had no damage – only about a bazillion oak leaves in the yard. That’s what you get when you have 2 dozen plus mature oak trees in your yard and strong winds visit.
In her beautiful lemons-to-lemonade attitude, Carole suggested I use a few to make a “super easy and beautiful wreath”.
Don’t you just love friends like that?
So in my “I-really-could-use-a-project” state of mind, I decided that’s exactly what I’d do!
This project isn’t complicated, but it does take time.
Of course, very few people (myself included) have 2 or 3 hours to sit around gluing oak leaves to a straw wreath form. That’s about what it took to make this one.
But…I did have some good pocket time that worked. Since I’m not much of a movie watcher, I got most of the work done during a family movie night. I was able to relax with my family, and they did their thing while I did mine.
It’s such a forgiving project though – you could even break it down into several 15-minutes sessions if that’s what works for you.
I started by stripping a few limbs of leaves and collecting them into a plastic tub.
The leaves were just a few days off the trees, so they were still pretty fresh and green and easy to work with.
The only other materials I needed were a straw wreath form and hot glue. That’s it!
I started on the front of the wreath and glued the leaves on, making sure they were all facing the same direction, and overlapping the ends to cover the stems.
After the front was finished, I repeated the process on the top and inside edges.
Protecting Your Wreath
Since I spent so much time glueing the leaves on, I sure didn’t want a brown wreath in a few days. To protect them, I gave the whole wreath three coats of clear sealer.
Once it was fully dry, I made a little hook from a large paper clip and got it ready to hang.
I took these pictures 4 weeks after the wreath was finished, and the leaves are still green and vibrant.
I don’t think I would have ever thought about making an oak leaf wreath after a storm. It’s so fun to have friends who give you great ideas, isn’t it?