Let’s Get Tropical
The easiest way to add some tropical style to your summer decor is with big beautiful flowers and botanicals. Here is a simple tutorial to make a gorgeous DIY tropical wreath complete with palm leaves, monstera and orchid blooms. Once you trim and color all your botanical pieces, you can arrange them in any way that is a reflection of your unique creativity. Get your favorite little ones in on the project for a fun afternoon activity!
Crafting the Orchids
Follow the instructions below for crafting the orchid blooms for your wreath, then continue reading for tips on assembling the wreath and styling the leaves!
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Scissors or Cricut Scraper Tool
- Cutting Machine (optional)
- Text Weight Paper– Chartreuse, Pure White
- Art Markers – Cadmium Yellow, Chartreuse, Colorless Blender
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut the orchid pieces according to the pattern using a cutting machine, scissors or craft knife.
- For the center piece of the orchid, dab on color with a yellow marker along the edges and center for a spotty look.
- Lightly draw lines going outward from the middle of the petals with green marker. Add more color in the centers and blend out with a colorless blender.
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Assembling the Wreath
After you make the orchids, you can begin assembling your DIY tropical wreath.
Tools & Materials
- Low Temp Glue Gun
- 14″ Brass Macrame Hoop
- 12 x 12 Cardstock in various greens
- Art Markers and Blenders
- Cut leaves onto multiple shades of green cardstock for variety.
- Add color detailing and shading to the leaves with art markers.
- Curl your leaves with the edge of your scissors to add movement and dimension.
- Arrange your finished leaves around your hoop and secure with hot glue.
To make the leaves look more realistic with added visual interest, we recommend looking up photos of tropical leaves as a guide. Shade your paper leaves according to the photos – that’s exactly what our maker Krista did for this paper tropical wreath! Along the centers and tips of the leaves, use a color that is darker than the paper you are using. Then, use a white blender marker for highlights on the bigger leaves. They are a bit shiny in real life, so the white will give it that slightly waxy look. When you’re ready to assemble your DIY tropical wreath, pick one focal point where you will cluster your orchids, then build the leaves out from there.
Discover your Island Inspiration
If you are feeling inspired to add more tropical accents into your life, don’t miss our crepe hibiscus tutorial. A big hibiscus bloom could be a great addition to this wreath! Learn how to make a tropical leaf garland or a colorful pineapple art piece as other seasonal home decor ideas. Do you have any tropical DIY ideas? Let us know in the comments and we can try to bring them to life! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses of our newest projects, or visit our membership page to start crafting with us. See you there! ~ Lia & Team
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As I wrote to you earlier, I am trying to download the PDF file of “Paper Tropical Leaf Wreath PDF Template”. The pages are all blank except for some text on the last page. With all other templates that I have already downloaded, it worked perfectly
It might be your browser then. When the PDF pops open in your window make sure you download it to your desktop then open it. From my view, I can see the complete template and I see no blank pages.
Dear Lia Griffith and team,
I tried to download the “Paper Tropical Leaf Wreath” PDF template, but only 3 blank pages appear. Could you please give me additional help? Thank you for your effort and please excuse my bad english!
Greetings from Germany
I just opened the files and they look good. Are you downloading a PDF or SVG file?
Hi, could you please tell me how did you attach the leaves to the hoop ? Is there a wire on the back of the leaves which is wrapped around or you used a different method ? Thanks !
My method of adding paper to metal is to sandwich the metal between two papers with glue.
Which green and yellow color did you use for the Copic markers? Please let me know. Thanks!
I just updated the post with links to the colors used!
I have your book and it tells me to put in the code to download designs and I can’t seem to do that without buying a membership!
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Hi, did you also use 12×12 cardstock for the longer/skinny light green leaves? Trying to find large cardstock paper that’s bigger than 12×12 to do those leaves. Thanks
We cut these all on 12×12 cardstock (you can downsize the SVG if any are popping in larger than that). In other projects we have used large format art paper (Canson brand) and cut to 12×24. Cricut also sells 12×24 cardstock to fit their mats!
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Lia keep the good work everything is beautifully made thank you
bravo! beautiful leafs
MAGNIFIQUE !!! UN VRAI PLAISIR POUR LES YEUX !
It’s really beautiful, a real pleasure to watch. I am impressed. Please don’t stop !
Thank you thank you! That means a lot to us 🙂
Could you please tell me what color papers you used for the leaves? Also, just confirming – you used cardstock for the leaves and not text weight?
I purchased a Cricut two weeks ago and have completely fallen into the rabbit hole of paper crafting. Your website has provided so much inspiration and fun for me over the past few weeks! I’m planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law and now have so many wonderful ideas thanks to the fern and palm projects, especially. Thank you so much!
Hi Megan! We used various shades of green 12×12 cardstock that we had on hand, purchased at Michaels awhile back. Unfortunately I didn’t keep track of the exact colors this time, and I don’t see them online so the colors may have been discontinued. I chose cardstock to give the leaves more structure, but these could also be made with text weight!
Fantastic, thank you so much for responding!
So when using the svg cut patterns with my cricut , how do I get the score lines to score on the petals? my cricut loads it as a 3rd page and when putting the cut page back in as the 3rd page the score lines do not line up. Help.
When you upload the SVG file, you need to change each line that you want scored from the CUT (scissors) to the SCORE. Then you’ll need to UNGROUP the files in the layers panel, and individually select and ATTACH each leaf to its coordinating score line. You may want to spend some time on Cricut’s site or YouTube channel for tutorials of this and other Cricut basics: https://help.cricut.com/help/cut-write-score-print-with-explore, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upNi7Ep_6iU&list=PLmMKNg1O7D-e4sPih-kdFolhMOO__sA0N&index=4. Have fun!
Hi! Beautiful project. I’d love to know what brand of art markers you used for this? Thank you!
Thank you! We love Copic 🙂
Please, need your assistance. For some time now have not been able to print out any of how-to’s for projects except ones by patterns. I really like/need to print out pictorial instructions along with how-to’s at beginning of project descriptions. Used to be able to print all with no problem, did something change along the way?
Desperately need a specific email sent to me explaining how I can access printing any and all how-to’s. Is this possible? If an answer is supplied as a reply to my comment am not able to find your post again. An answer might have been made in past when I asked about this but if so, couldn’t find reply. I apologize ahead of time for needing extra help but assure you extra effort will be so appreciated.
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