DIY: Autumn Cotton Wreath

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

The weather is cooling (well it’s supposed to be), the leaves are changing colour and the days a feeling darker – these are the signs that winter is on it’s way but not before we welcome the first day of Autumn with arms wide open!
To celebrate the change, we’ve asked Flowersmith, maker and now floral obsessed author Jennifer Tran of Papetal to create a DIY for us that will last forever and make us feel all the Autumn feels.

Here it is; Make your own Autumn Cotton Wreath:

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Bamboo skewer
  • PVA glue
  • Florist wire, 22 & 16-gauge
  • Florist tape
  • 180GSM Italian crepe paper in Bronze metallic
  • 60GSM Italian crepe paper in dark brown
  • Cotton wool
  • This template for the leaf

Techniques involved:

CURLING

Place petal/leaf in between bamboo skewer and thumb. Draw the skewer gently outwards and away from the body to form a natural curve.

STEM WRAPPING WITH PAPER STRIP

Apply a small amount of PVA glue to one end of the stem, then attach one end of the paper strip. Wrap the paper strip around the stem in a downwards spiral, stretching the paper gently in the process. Wrap until the stem is completely covered, then cut away the excess paper. Secure the end of the strip with PVA glue.

STEM WRAPPING WITH FLORIST TAPE

Wrap the tape around the stem in a downwards spiral, stretching the tape gently in the process. Wrap until the stem is completely covered, then cut off the excess tape. To secure the end of the tape, gently apply pressure around the bottom of the stem.

Instructions

*Dimensions are height x length. Paper grain is vertical.

A – Cotton Stems

  1. Cut 4 strips of dark-brown paper, each at 1cm x 20cm.
  2. Cut three 15cm pieces of 22-gauge wire. Wrap the entire length of each stem with a dark-brown paper strip, tear off excess paper and secure with PVA glue.
  3. Create a 1.5cm diameter loop with each wire stem, then use PVA glue to join them together as shown.
  4. Cut a piece of dark-brown paper, at 6cm x 1.5cm. Twist once in the centre, then fold in half to create a twisted sepal as shown. Repeat to make another sepal.
  1. Using PVA glue, attach the sepals under the base of the loops so that they are positioned opposite to each other.
  2. Using the last dark-brown paper strip to wrap the stem, starting from the base of the sepals.
  3. Put cotton wool into the loops.
  4. Repeat step A1 to A7 to make another 9 cotton stems.

B – Bronze Sprigs

  1. Cut a 22cm piece of 16-gauge wire and a strip of dark-brown paper at 1cm x 20cm. Wrap the entire length of the wire with the dark brown paper strip, secure with PVA glue.
  2. Cut two strips of bronze paper at 1cm x 20cm, put them aside.
  3. Cut a piece of bronze paper, at 16 cm x 2 cm. Fold the paper in half across the grain.
  4. Place template on the bronze paper so that the top of template is aligned with the fold. Cut along template, then gently pinch the top of leaf.
  5. Repeat step B3 & B4 to make another 6 leaves.
  6. Use bamboo skewer to curl all leaves.
  7. Using PVA glue, attach the bottom 1cm of the first leave onto one end of the stem. Using a bronze paper strip to cover the top 4cm of the stem, starting from the base of the leave.
  8. Where the bronze paper ends, attach a pair of leaves. Using a bronze paper strip to cover 4cm of the stem, starting from the base of the pair of leaves.
  9. Continue attaching the remaining leaves.
  10. Make about 5 long sprigs with 7 leaves each, and 1-2 short sprigs with 3 leaves each.

C – Wreath Assembly  

  1. Cut about 20 strips of bronze paper at 1cm x 20cm.
  2. Bunch three 45 cm pieces of 16-gauge wire together and wrap them with florist tape. Repeat to make three more stems. Using florist tape, join the top half of one stem to the bottom half of another.
  3. Join on the remaining stems in the same way. Bend the resulting length of wire to create a circle, joining the top half of the first stem to the bottom half of the last stem using florist tape.
  1. Wrap the entire circle with bronze paper strip and secure with PVA glue.
  2. Using florist tape, attach the sprigs of leaves and cotton stems to the circular frame. Cover any exposed tape with bronze paper strip. Bend the stems to create a natural look.

There you have it! Time to invite some friends around, make a cuppa and show off your ever-lasting Autumn wreath. Or better yet, invite your friends over to make this relaxing DIY together and welcome the new season of changing leaves and autumnal tones.

You can find more paper petal gorgeous-ness in Jen’s shop on Etsy. Or stalk her Instagram and pre-order your copy of her first book – Flowersmith.  

For more crafter-noon inspiration including other Papetal pieces, visit DIY Projects on our blog.

Did you finish this DIY? We want to see your creations! Tag @EtsyAU on instagram and show us your skills.

Jennifer Tran is a flowersmith and a photographer based in Australia. Her paper petal work has been featured on The Design Files and recommended by Design*Sponge as one of the top paper flower artists to follow. She’s also a proud member of the Etsy community and the Sydney Made team.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *