I had such a hard time deciding what type of fall wreath I wanted to make. Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a wreath kind of person, but seeing all of these really creative wreaths lately made me long for one of my own.
I find seasonal wreaths to be a bit of a challenge because I have a dark red front door. I wish I didn’t. I wish I had the freedom to paint my front door any color I wish. But I live in a condo, so I don’t have that freedom. (I guess I can’t really complain since I’m the one who chose the door color for the whole building, but that was three whole years ago!!)
Because of my red door, I didn’t want anything with oranges and/or reds, so I stuck with greens and browns. I love how the wreath turned out, but I failed to have the foresight to know that a green tone wreath on a red door would look more like Christmas than fall. Oh well. I still like it. Here’s what I ended up with…
I made it out of cardstock scrapbook paper in four different colors, and cut out “leaves” roughly the shape of a magnolia leaf (but much smaller in size). After cutting out each leaf, I dry-brushed a bit of gold acrylic craft paint over each leaf, creased them down the middle, and then glued them to a wreath form. Easy peasy!
And yes, even the cutting out the 360 leaves was quite simple, thanks to X-ACTO. Oh, I’m sure you’ve heard of X-ACTO knives, and probably even have one or two tucked away in a drawer somewhere. Well, they were kind enough to send me three of their products to try out!
For the record, my favorite one is the fat Designer Series pink knife on the far left.
X-ACTO knives are awesome, and no toolbox/craft room is complete without one (or five). I actually did a little time test on this project to see how much time X-ACTO saved me over cutting out the leaves with a pair of scissors.
Using 12 x 12 cardstock, I traced my leaf template onto each sheet. I got 30 leaves on each piece of cardstock. Then I timed myself cutting them out.
Using the X-ACTO knife, it took me 48 seconds to cut out a whole sheet of 30 leaves. Not too bad, right? And using scissors…are you ready for this? Eight minutes, 32 seconds. Wow! That’s over 10 1/2 times the amount of time that the same task took with an X-ACTO knife.
Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of X-ACTO products, and have been for as long as I can remember. I like that they can be used for more precision cuts than you would be able to do with a standard utility knife. I also like how easy it is to change the blades. I wouldn’t imagine that it even takes a full minute to change out the blades on an X-ACTO knife. It’s that simple!
Every craft room, garage, tool box, and kitchen junk drawer should be stocked with X-ACTO, in my humble opinion. And today, I have two prize packs to give away! Each prize pack includes:
- a Retract-a Blade knife,
- a Designer Series Gripster craft knife, and
- a self healing cutting mat.
But first, here are a couple more pics of my wreath. I really like the subtle shimmer that the gold craft paint added. I simply used a craft paint brush to dry brush some of the paint onto each leaf before attaching it to the wreath.
I definitely need to find a better way to hang my wreath, but temporarily I had to use this cheap wreath hanger. I used some brown burlap that I had in my fabric stash to hang the wreath. I was hoping that the chocolate brown would help to make it look less like Christmas and more like fall. I think it helped, at least a little bit.
So there it is…my less-than-$10 fall wreath made from cardstock scrapbook paper, gold acrylic paint, and a wreath form, and all made very simply with help from X-ACTO!
Would you like the chance to win an X-ACTO prize pack? Here are the details:
- Giveaway item: A prize pack from X-ACTO which includes one (1) Retract-a-Blade knife, one (1) Designer Series Gripster craft knife, and one (1) self-healing cutting mat.
- To enter: Simply leave a comment on this post. (Facebook comments will NOT be counted.)
- Giveaway closes: Monday, October 10, at 8:00am, CST
- Number of Winners: Two
- Prize available to: Anyone in the continental U.S.
- Other details: One entry per person, please! And remember, anonymous comments cannot be counted. If you comment under “anonymous”, your name must appear within the comment. Winners will be selected via random.org, and will be announced Monday, October 10.
Looking for more creative uses for X-ACTO knives? Check out this Creative Knife Uses Guide, filled with over 100 different uses, submitted by X-ACTO Knife users.