Wreaths are a classic symbol of the fall and winter seasons. And copper is a natural choice for creating an object that reflects the warm hues and changing landscape of autumn. We’ve got a simple but beautiful and elegant plan for a DIY Copper Wreath for you! We also really enjoy a brass wreath for a more wintery feel. One of the best parts of this design is that it is highly versatile and can be easily modified to fit your space.
- Copper Tube or brass – any thin tube will do. The length depends on how large you’d like the wreath to be. A suggested size is 15″ tall by 13″ wide. We suggest you use a piece of string to figure out how much framing tube you need.
- Copper Sheet or Copper Foil or brass foil or sheet – For sheet, we recommend you use the thinnest roofing copper. Foil is easier to work and cut, but also easier to accidentally damage.
- Hanging Wire
DIY Copper Wreath Construction Steps
Step 1 – Construct the Shape
First, string the hanging wire through the tube. Leave enough wire on the ends to twist into a closed loop. Next, bend the tube into a circle into the size you want. Then twist the wire into a hanging loop. This will give you more strength than just a small knot at the top of the wreath and also reduce the chances of it slipping off the knot.
Step 2 – Flatten the Tube
Second, lay the frame on your flat space and hammer it until it is relatively flat. You aren’t trying to make the tube into a sheet, but rather just making a flat space to affix your leaves to.
Step 3 – Cut the leaves
Make a sample of the leaf or various shapes of leaves, you want out of paper, and trace the image onto your sheet. Then take your snips/shears/scissors and cut out all of the pieces you want.
Step 4 – Texture and Burnish the Leaves (optional)
To add texture to your wreath, lightly use the back end of a butter knife to push grooves into the leaves.
With copper, you can further dramatize the look. Apply a light flame to the front side of your leaves. You’ll see them change to glowing reds, browns and blues. But go lightly so as not to blacken the surface!
Step 5 – Attach the Leaves
Lastly, the most complex part of the project. If you are skilled at soldering, this is where you solder the leaves to the flat “upper” surface of the tube. If you don’t know how to solder, this is where the hot glue also works. Foil works best for hot glue as it’s not too heavy.
Layer the leaves in random directions so it doesn’t look to uniform. Unless that’s the aesthetic you want.
That’s it, you’re all done!
Alternate materials and designs
Our personal favorite is copper. But that’s far from the only option. Like we said, for a warmer winter aesthetic, brass also works well. If you want a cooler or a more industrial look, check out aluminum, stainless steel, or nickel silver.
We’ve also got another design here as an inspiration. Again, this DIY Copper Wreath is extremely versatile. Happy making from all of us here at Online Metals!