I finally figured out why I write this blog.
I’m sorry I’m just now reporting in on this, but it’s taken a while to understand.
Not even close.
I write this blog so I can create projects and DIY’s and craft ideas….
….and make all the mistakes first.
So you don’t have to. 🙂
Here’s my gold leaf magnolia wreath.
It’s an easy project I just finished.
Easy if you know what NOT to do.
Don’t worry. I’ll explain all the NOTS in great detail.
Step 1: Start with magnolia leaves
These came fresh off the tree.
(potential NOT to do) I think I’m going to make it again with faux magnolia leaves because I love it so much and I’m worried the real magnolia leaves won’t hold up for more than a season.
I’m going to check with Hobby Lobby for faux magnolia and report back.
Step 2: Use craft foam as your base
(potential NOT to do) Do NOT buy the harder foam.
Even if it is cheaper. Even if it looks sturdier. Even if you are running by the floral department because you are in a hurry to get home to make sure Poldark is taped.
Don’t do it.
It’s simply too hard for the magnolia leaf stems to be inserted into it.
Buy this floral foam that crumbles.
Step 3: Cut out the center of the floral foam
(potential NOT to do) Do NOT push too hard when taking out the center.
Even if you think you have it. Even if you think you’ve cut out all the edges.
Your wreath will crumble like a cheap suit.
Gently, slowly, carefully, cut out the center and remove it with care.
Step 4: Spray paint leaves
This was the easiest step of all.
I don’t have any NOTS for this step, other than to make sure they are dry before you add them to the wreath.
You could also paint them copper or silver.
Step 5: Insert leaves into floral foam
(potential NOT to do) Do NOT forget to spray paint the floral foam gold, too.
Don’t tell yourself you’ll cover it up with leaves. Don’t rush it and finish the wreath and then notice the green parts sticking out. Don’t keep sticking leaves in thinking you’ll finally make the green go away.
I’ve already tried it all and it didn’t work.
Not even close.
Continue inserting leaves in the foam (it’s so easy if you are using the floral foam).
Make sure all your leaves go in one direction.
Keep adding leaves until you have the fullness of leaves you want.
Then fluff and hang.
Here’s the finished wreath hung on the tiny door to the stairs.
I love it.
After I worked out all the NOTS it really was easy.
Aren’t you glad I went first? 🙂
PPS If you happen to live in the Nashville area, I’ll be sharing this DIY on Channel 5’s Talk of the Town.