DIY Galvanized Wreath

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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 – 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 – anyone can do it.  It is mildly tedious.  I turned on the Hallmark channel and went until it was done.

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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’t want to start a committed relationship with.

 

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So, here is how you get it done!  You need…

– Eye protection and sturdy gloves – seriously, you really need these!

– A sheet of galvanized metal (the one pictured is just a small piece – 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 – 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

 

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Okay, first you need a sheet of metal like pictured here.

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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 – so just do them both.  Leave it in the bag for several hours – checking on it to see if you are getting the effect you want.   When it is “done”, 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” and the width of the base is about 2”.  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 – the back of the wreath is  cut from the section that rusted on one side.

 

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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 – you really really really need to wear protective gloves and eyewear through this whole project.  Really.

 

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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’t cut them rounded.

 

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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’t worry if you are off on some of the cuts, it doesn’t have it to be perfect.

 

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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!).

 

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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.

 

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Then I folded the bottom edge flat.  This gives you a flat surface to connect the leaf to the wreath base.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

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  1. Holly Moly! I love this! Did I mention I love this? I LOVE THIS!!!! Like you, anything galvanized hold a special place in my heart. I’ve got to try this. Thanks for the post. I’ll be pinning 🙂

  2. Laura,
    Where do you get your ideas and inspiration from? This is so darn unique. I love it! Totally new take on wreaths!!!!

  3. Love it! Can see it in the middle of a table with candles in the center as well as hanging. Love everything galvanized!

  4. That is so beautiful. I would love to make one, however it looks time consuming, so maybe after the holidays 🙂

  5. Laura … This is OH MY GOODNESS …. some kind of wonderful amazing!!!!

    Totally L. O. V. E.

    In the midst of this crazy busy time of year … I WILL find the time to make one of these !!!!

    Perfection! Really . Thanks so very much for the inspiration!

    Oh and … Happy, Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.

  6. I saw some leaves like these on a tree at Anthropologie this weekend, but had no idea anyone would tackle such a project at home. I’m super impressed and the wreath is very pretty!

  7. Stunning! Not sure I have the skill or patience to make one – but I love your wreath! Thanks for the step by step directions in case I ever wake up all coordinated and cool-headed. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  8. I was “idea-less” for our “home-made, hand-made” Christmas this year when I spied these! I’m almost done making 6 of them in the last 3 days for my adult kids for Christmas. It’s been a big task to do that many, but thisis one of my favorite projects EVER! Thank you, then you for taking the time to post with instructions. I cut the metal into strips and it made cutting the leaves freehand go much faster.

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!!

  9. I love the galvanized wreath!!!! But there is no way I would make them. Are you going to make them? I will buy! Seriously. Let me know

    Mary Reeves

  10. Laura,

    I was starting to look for ideas for Christmas 2015 and came across this. I LOVE THIS WREATH!!!!! Approximately how big did you cut each leaf?

    Thanks!
    Tina

  11. Oh my gosh, this is incredible. I fell in love with Restoration Hardware’s similar wreath, but that price tag… I had given up hope of diy’ing it, but you have conquered the beast! I am in love and will have to share this!

  12. Hi Laura,
    I have been working on this project since last Christmas (2016). I can’t find a glue that’s strong enough to attach the leaves! Originally, I was planning to make this for a Christmas wedding gift, but gave up when the glue didn’t cooperate. Can you give me some advice? I’m wondering if the sheet metal I used is a heavier grade? Any tips would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!
    Suzanne

  13. I made 6 of these a few years back for Christmas (myself + 5 grown kids). My hands were not happy with me, but it was SO worth the work…they are still a favorite for all of my kids who keep them up year round. thanks SO MUCH for the idea. I’m not typically very “crafty” but I love metal projects!