Paper bags and Crayola watercolor paint. The two main elements in this pretty craft.
It probably won’t come as any surprise that I love Fixer Upper. I’m sure you are too, so I won’t go into everything that I love about Chip and Jo as a couple or their style because you already know. Short story? Everything and everything. I was watching a Fixer Upper marathon during our last snow storm, binging on coffee and farmhouse eye candy, and I couldn’t get the magnolia wreath used in one home out of my head. I looked it up in their Market…
Well… can’t do that. I can say with a healthy dose of certainty that that wreath would absolutely be worth the price tag, but since I’m still thinking of things in terms of how many diapers I can buy with the money it costs – it’ll have to wait! The more I looked at it, though, the more I loved it and wanted to find a way to DIY it.
I’ve seen paper flowers made using paper bags (see a cute tutorial here), and thought it was worth giving it a shot!
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Small paper bags
Cut the bottom off your bag.
Fold it in half (“hotdog style” – I know you’re thinking it!).
And cut your leaf, starting from the fold.
You’ll end up with two large leaves, and two more perfectly shaped small leaves will fall out from between them.
The truth is, I hadn’t really intended on sharing this because of my “out of the pantry” supplies, but when it came together so perfectly I couldn’t resist!
It was luck that the colors in the $1.97 set perfectly blended with the color of the paper bags to make realistic faux magnolia leaves. No mixing required!
I started by lightly brushing the whole “leaf” with my damp brush. The little bit of water helped the different colors blend together and look more natural. I added green to the bottom three quarters, then brown to the last little section, overlapping them a bit. I dipped my brush in water to clean it, then used the damp brush to blend the colors together a bit.
I added a bit of yellow to the edges and to the tip, then blended in the same way I did with the brown. Don’t be afraid to paint each leaf a little differently. Keep some mostly green, make some a little darker, and add a little more brown to a few. The results really mimic the natural variations you would find in a pile of leaves beneath a magnolia tree in late fall.
By the way, that’s what your kitchen table will look like when you’re working on this :).
I used a styrofoam wreath form and floral pins that I happened to have on hand already, but you could make one of these with any wreath form. You could even use a piece of cardboard cut in a circle and attach the leaves with glue.
You’ll want to start pinning the smaller leaves around the inside of the wreath, then move the outside. The front will be the last thing you finish.
Before pinning, tuck the leaves that are pinned on the inside and outside of the wreath under your larger leaves on the front. This allows your bigger leaves to stand out and hides the underside of the other leaves.
For the front, I folded the bottom of the leaves to make them more three dimensional, then pinned them in place.
Stagger your leaves as you go so that they are pinned just below the center on their own, then again at the bottom when you add the next leaf. In other words, every other pin will be doing double duty.
Both the styrofoam form and the paper leaves are very light, so I simply added a left over floral pin to the back for it to hang from. If yours is heavier, you may want to loop twine or string around the form to hang.
I am so excited about this wreath because I really did not expect to look this good!
The leaves have a little crinkle to them, and they’re not as shiny as real magnolia leaves, but the color is so similar that I think it makes up for that.
If you were to buy the supplies all at once you would be looking at about $10 per wreath, but chances are that you have at least a few on hand.
DIY faux magnolia leaf.
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