Last November was my very first project here on OSBP – a set of mini pinecone wreath place cards for your Thanksgiving table. I’ve created a lot of tutorials over the last few years, but those little wreaths are still one of my favorite projects. I used them so many times last fall, and they made me realize how much I love a little decorative item delicately placed upon a plate and how something very simple can elevate a place setting without much effort. It is for this reason that I so love today’s project – delicate wire fall leaves that look so adorable when greeting a dinner guest. Let them shine on their own, or pair them with a placecard. Enjoy! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue
Brass jewelry wire – 20 gauge
Green floral wire – 20 gauge
Fall leaf template
Step One: Cut a piece of wire approximately 18″ long.
Step Two: Bend the wire into the shape of a maple leaf using the template as a guide. For curves, hold the wire down onto the template with one hand while bending the wire with your other hand.
Step Three: To get sharp corners and tips, use your fingernail to make a small divot where you want a bend, and then use the pliers to grasp the wire at that point and bend at a right angle.
Step Four: To get a defined point, squeeze the two sides of a bend together between the pliers.
Step Five: Finish each leaf off by twisting the wire around itself, and snipping off the end. Once finished, you can reshape the wire as needed.
Step Six: Use different colors of wire to create different leaves. Here, I’ve made an oak leaf with brass wire to contrast with my green maple leaves. (Ed Note: These would look SO amazing in copper wire! – Nole)
Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper