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The Secret To Making A Fall Wreath With Preserved Leaves

Y’all will not believe how easy and inexpensive it is to make this fall wreath with preserved leaves.

I was inspired by the golden colors of some fallen magnolia leaves in our yard and quickly gathered a handful to begin making this fall wreath.

I also knew that the leaves would continue to dry out and that it was essential to preserve them to keep the wreath looking great for the autumn season.

So here’s the secret to making a cheap and easy fall wreath.

Use budget friendly, thrifted and foraged materials to make a cheap and easy fall wreath.

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What Supplies Do You Need To Make A Preserved Leaf Fall Wreath?

Here are the supplies I used to make this easily preserved leaf wreath. The grapevine wreath used here was a $2.00 thrift store find. For this project, you can purchase a cheap grapevine wreath and remove the old decorations to save money.

For more budget-friendly fall decorating ideas, see 10 Free Tips for Fall Decorating and Thrifting for Fall Decor.

Can You Use Real Leaves To Make A Wreath?

I think there are two ways to use real leaves when making a wreath.

One is to dry the leaves before using them.

This method works better with some leaves than others. I suggest placing your leaves in a vase or container to dry and see if you like the result. You can also hang the leaves and allow them to dry. Some will curl and dry to a beautiful color. Others not so much.

Note: Be sure to place out of the sun if you want to maintain color in your dried leaves or flowers.

Secondly, you can preserve some leaves, such as magnolia leaves. The rule here is the same as above, and not all leaves can be preserved. Magnolia leaves have a sturdy waxing finish, making them last longer, fresh, and easier to preserve.

Forage for a combination of fall magnolia leaves to make a preserved leaf fall wreath.

Mod Podge: How To Use To Preserve Leaves?

First, gather and clean your leaves.

I don’t recommend washing but instead using a paper towel to remove any grit or dirt. If the leaves are damp, allow them to dry before beginning completely.

Spread a generous amount of wax paper over your table to protect.

Begin on the leaves’ backside and use a small brush to cover with mod podge completely.

Turn the leaf over and repeat. Lay the front of the leaf on the wax paper to dry.

Once dry, repeat by applying mod podge one more time.

How to preserve leaves with mod podge.  Use wax paper to protect your table top.

How Do You Attach Leaves To The Wreath?

You will see several methods for attaching magnolia leaves to a wreath. However, I’ve found that hot glue works best for me.

Begin around the outer edge of the grapevine wreath and add leaves by adding hot glue to the stem and pushing the stem in and amongst the grapevine. Angle the branches in the minor direction around the entire perimeter of the wreath.

Circle the outer edges of the thrifted grapevine wreath with magnolia leaves and attach with hot glue.

Next, add a cluster of leaves to a section of the wreath. Foam a bed like a cluster for the dried flowers to be added.

Fall Wreath Ideas that are cheap and easy with budget friendly, thrift store items.

Continue to fill in with preserved leaves angling away from the clustered leaves until the entire grapevine wreath is covered.

Fill a grapevine wreath with preserved magnolia leaves to make a cheap and easy budget friendly autumn wreath

How To Add Dried Leaves and Flowers to Fall Wreath

Once the wreath is covered with preserved leaves, you can begin to add other dried leaves and flowers to the clustered bed you created earlier.

I began with some dried nandina leaves and okra pods.

Dried Okra Pods and Nandina Leaves make a great addition to the preserved leaf wreath for fall.

Next, add some dried flowers, such as black-eyed susans.

Magnolia Preserved Leaves and dried flower wreath for fall.

After adding several dried leaves, I realized the colors were so similar that the dried flowers disappeared on the wreath. Therefore, I began to add in some dried baby’s breath and tucked it under and around the other dried pieces.

Note: If your colors are similar, I recommend adding the baby’s breath first.

Use Hot Glue To attached dried flowers to DIY Fall Wreath.  Budget Friendly Wreath Idea.

See Video Tutorial Here

A Fall Wreath with Preserved Leaves

The fall wreath with preserved leaves was extremely easy to make. After the leaves were preserved, it only took about an hour to complete the wreath.

Mod podge preserved leaf wreath for autumn with dried okra pods and dried flowers and leaves.

Instead of using the fall wreath on an outside door, the wreath looks beautiful on the old barn door.

DIY Fall Wreath - Easy and cheap fall decor ideas.  How to preserve leaves with mod podge.

The natural elements also work well with the Sweet Gum Ball stems I shared earlier for free fall decorating. You might also like this Rusted Tin Can and Dollar Store Wreath for a fall decorating option.

The Secret To Making a Fall Wreath with Preserved Leaves.  Magnolia Fall Wreath Idea with dried flowers.

I’m excited to share more budget-friendly fall decorating and DIY ideas with you this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Monday 12th of September 2022

[…] My friend, Rachel, from The Ponds Farmhouse, makes this pretty fall wreath using fresh leaves she collected. You can see how she preserves the leaves here. […]


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

This is wreath is so pretty, Rachel! I love how you used the mod podge to protect the magnolia leaves too. That's really creative! The accent with babys breath and sunflowers add such a fun pop of texture as well - it's all totally fabulous! Hugs, CoCo


Thursday 8th of September 2022

CoCo, I'm so glad you like the wreath. It was an easy project.


Monday 5th of September 2022

Love your wreath, Rachel! Wow, Mod Podge on the leaves!


Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Tammy, Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you like it.


Thursday 1st of September 2022

Beautiful! I love it. You are so talented.


Thursday 1st of September 2022

Renae, You are so sweet.

Karyn DeBOER

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Always good creative ideas.P.S. Rudy's birthday perfect! Have a nice weekend.


Thursday 1st of September 2022

Karyn I really appreciate this.