We first made a leaf wreath last year when the boys did a local nature program. I loved it so much I decided to do it with them again this year.
First we went on a walk, collecting all the pretty fall leaves we could find. When we got home we sorted them, practiced our counting with them, and talked about what kinds of leaves we had discovered. (The maple leaf was most exciting, due to its connection with maple syrup.)
Then, I too two paper plates and cut the middle out of them, leaving a border on which to clue our leaves.
Next, I heated up the hot glue gun. At the nature program they used Elmer's Glue and that didn't work so well. We had to wait for the glue to dry. Secondly, the leaves didn't stay on and I had to keep regluing. Hot glue worked way better.
After all the leaves have been glued on, we simply used a hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the paper plate now turned leaf wreath. Took some yarn and made a loop and hung on our windows.
Now I have two pretty wreaths hanging on my kitchen windows!