Eeekkk!!! I am so excited to share this project with you today.¬† This Christmas DIY galvanized wreath has been living in my head for weeks ‚Äì and now, here it is!¬† I sat down Friday night at the kitchen counter and figure it out and got it done!¬† So, here is the truth, it is not hard ‚Äì anyone can do it.¬† It is mildly tedious.¬† I turned on the Hallmark channel and went until it was done. Now that it is finished and up on my chalkboard on my mantel, I realize it can be used well past Christmas.¬† I love that it has a modern feel but is still so truly me.¬† Seriously, I am not sure I have ever met anything in galvanized metal that I didn‚Äôt want to start a committed relationship with. So, here is how you get it done!¬† You need‚Ä¶ - Eye protection and sturdy gloves ‚Äì seriously, you really need these! - A sheet of galvanized metal (the one pictured is just a small piece ‚Äì you need more than that to create the leaves and the wreath base - see below) - Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (not pictured, and yes, you really need it) - A really good pair of tin snips ‚Äì I tried several sizes and shapes and the ones pictured worked best for this project. - Chalk or a pencil - A cutting blade - A fast drying and strong glue - A metal file and or a Dremel tool with a file bit - An old cutting board or cutting surface - Ribbon or twine to hang your wreath Okay, first you need a sheet of metal like pictured here. You can find them in the plumbing department of Home Depot and they are just under $10.¬† It is shiny, which is nice, but not the look I was going for.¬† You need to put the sheet in a large garbage bag and cover both sides in toilet bowl cleaner.¬† It seems like one side seems to take better than the other (it gets rusty in some spots) and I am not sure how to know which is which ‚Äì so just do them both.¬† Leave it in the bag for several hours ‚Äì checking on it to see if you are getting the effect you want.¬†¬† When it is ‚Äúdone‚Äù, the shine will be gone and it will have that yummy / pitted/ old look.¬†¬† Rinse and dry off the metal. The first step is to cut out your wreath shape.¬† The inner circle of my wreath base is about 10‚Äù and the width of the base is about 2‚Äù.¬† I used another wreath to draw my circles.¬† I cut the outside first with my tin snips.¬† Then I cut the center out by starting from a hole I drilled with a bit on my Dremel tool.¬† (Make sure to file your wreath form following the steps below) As you can see ‚Äì the back of the wreath is¬† cut from the section that rusted on one side. Next, cut the sheet down into smaller pieces to make it easier to work with.¬† Start on one end and draw our your leaf shape with chalk or a pencil.¬† I did mine free-hand, but you could trace a template if you prefer.¬† I actually stopped even drawing them out and just cut free hand.¬† I prefer the varied shapes and sizes. Since I assume you will ask, there are 68 leaves on my wreath.¬† I broke it up by cutting out a group and doing the next steps and then went back and cut out another group.¬†¬† It gave my hands a little bit of a break. Okay, this is where I put on my safety hat ‚Äì you really really really need to wear protective gloves and eyewear through this whole project.¬† Really. Okay, so now you need to file all of your edges so no one gets hurt on your wreath.¬† This part can fully be done by hand with a metal file.¬† However, if you have a Dremel tool, that is an option as well.¬† I did some with the hand file and some with the Dremel tool with a grinding bit. Make sure to pay extra attention to the tips as they can be sharp if you don‚Äôt cut them rounded. Next, working on a cutting surface, use a cutting blade to score down the center of the leaf from tip to base.¬† I went over it about 5 times.¬† Don‚Äôt worry if you are off on some of the cuts, it doesn‚Äôt have it to be perfect. Then I went back in and cut lines out from the center to the outside edge.¬† Repeat on both sides to create a leaf pattern.¬† You are not cutting through, you are just making marks.¬† The main goal with the scoring steps is to give it more of the look of a leaf and it helps with bending (the next step).¬† Also, where you score, it becomes shinier and catches the light a little more (bling, bling!). Next, fold your leaf in half long ways.¬† I just bent them all by hand (I am not wearing gloves because it is already smooth from filing).¬† I switched up how much I bent each of them so that there would be more variety in the shape of the leaves. Then I folded the bottom edge flat.¬† This gives you a flat surface to connect the leaf to the wreath base. Then, one by one I attached the leaves to the base with fast drying strong glue.¬† I followed a pattern to a certain degree, fanning out three leaves to each section as I moved along.¬† However, I sometimes varied the direction and number of leaves. When it was all finished, I shimmied a ribbon behind the leaves and looped it around to hang the wreath.¬† Then, I left it overnight to make sure that all the leaves attached.¬† In the morning, I gave it a good shake and a few fell off.¬† I just re-glued them into place and let it dry an hour more. And then I was done! Seriously, I love this wreath! What do you think?¬† Would you take on a project with metal?¬† My mind is spinning to try and come up with more ideas! Thanks so much for reading!