Making a Fall Wreath Birthday Card

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September 2, 2018

Fall Wreath Birthday Card - finished card with the added ribbon bowUse food colorings to make paper leaves. Then turn the leaves into a striking fall themed birthday card.


Total Time: 15 minutes, drying time excluded

Yield: one birthday card


  • 10 x 5 in copper colored cardstock
  • 5 x 5 in cream colored handmade tissue paper
  • A4 sized white cardstock
  • 15mm wide cream-with-golden-polka-dots washi tape
  • 0.3 in wide red ribbon
  • food colorings: red, green, brown, and yellow
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • 2 in high leaf stencil
  • plastic lid with a diameter of 3.7"
  • paintbrush
  • standard scissors
  • pencil
  • five small plastic bowls


  1. Use the pencil and stencil, and trace 12 leaves on to the white cardstock.
  2. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - trace 12 leaves onto the cardstock
  3. Add a few drops of the food colorings to the plastic bowls, each color to its own bowl. Use the fifth plastic bowl for water ~ the water will not be used to dilute the food colorings, but only to clean the brush between using different colorings. Apply different, undiluted colors to the paper to paint the leaves, letting the colors interflow. Allow to dry and then cut out the leaves.
  4. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - use undiluted food coloring to paint the leaves after they are dry cut out

  5. Score the copper colored cardstock to create a card sized 5" x 5". With the fold at the top, glue the handmade tissue paper to the front of the card.
  6. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - score the cardstock and with the fold at the top glue on the handmade tissue paper
  7. Use the plastic lid and pencil to trace a circle on to the tissue paper. This will be the base for the wreath.
  8. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - use pencil to trace a circle onto the tissue paper
  9. Glue the leaves on to the circle to complete the wreath, but do not glue them down completely yet, so that it would still be possible to move them for even spacing.
  10. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - glue on the leaves loosely

  11. Cut a strip of washi tape to add to the top of the card. Fold it in half and affix it over the fold of the card. Cut off any protruding edges. Repeat with the left, right and bottom sides of the card. Then, glue down the leaves completely to give the card a neat look.
  12. Fall Wreath Birthday Card - frame the card with washi tape and then glue the leaves down more securely
  13. Make a bow with the ribbon and cut off any remaining ribbon. Glue the bow to the front of the card.
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