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Paper Magnolia Wreath Using Book Pages

4:00 AM

I've been pondering a Fall-inspired gallery wall lately. Something a little bit rustic. I've really been liking the farmhouse look so I decided that I'd investigate exactly how much effort went into making my own Magnolia wreath.

Well, living in the Northeast my entire life, I haven't had the privilege to see a Magnolia tree let alone know where to get the leaves. I probably could find something comparable at Michael's, but I wanted to keep it simple so I decided that I'd make one out of paper.

I came across Rachael's paper Magnolia wreath over at her blog {Click the link to her blog for her awesome wreath!}

So, let's begin. I needed only 2 things from the store for this project and what better place to check out than the dollar store? I purchased a foam wreath form and a book for a whopping total of $2. Because I had all of the other things I needed, this really turned into a frugal craft in 2.5.

What You Will Need:

Craft Knife
Hot Glue Gun
Stencil {If desired.}

What To Do:

Start off with finding a stencil. I searched for about a half hour {no joke} for a template of a Magnolia leaf. I finally came across THIS ONE. You'll find the image to the right. I saved it to my computer, held my book page up to the screen and ever-so-lightly traced the larger leaf. Then the smaller leaf.

After cutting them out, I traced the templates onto other book pages. Make sure that the pages you trace on are full pages. It will look rather funky if you had half of the leaf with print and the other without.

I started getting a little antsy so I traced a leaf onto a book page and used the craft knife to cut out multiple pages from the book at once. Making sure the pages were stacked evenly, I then began to cut out the leaf shape with the scissors and ended up with a few at a time.

After plenty of leaves are cut {and you'll need plenty believe me!} start to roll them from the top of the leaf to the stem. You can use your pencil, but I decided that rolling them by hand worked equally as well.

The first row should start in the back. I found it easiest to position the leaves first and then place glue on one side of the wreath form. Press the form to the leaves and you'll pretty much have them all in place at once which will save you loads of time.

Once, those are glued snugly, start your row by positioning the leaves to the angle you prefer. I alternated the leaves as you would bricks.

On the last row, I made sure that the part of the leaves hanging into the wreath hole were glued down by wrapping them towards the back. I used the smaller leaves to accent and fill in bare spot.

And there you have it! For only $2 and about an hour, I created a simple wreath that will add character to my space.

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  1. That is so cool. I love it. I will have to find a copy of one of my favorite books and do this myself!

    1. Awesome! Making it out of your favorite book will make it even more special. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I haven't seen a wreath made out of leaf shapes before. Very sweet looking, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration. Here from That DIY Party.

    1. Great! I hope you have fun making one of your own!

  3. I love this I am going to try and make one of my own :)

    1. Have fun! It's a cinch once you get the hang of placing the leaves!

  4. This is a sweet magnolia wreath. I am going to make one for my office. I'm happy I stopped by and I enjoyed your lovely blog. I would love if you would share your lovely post on a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there.

  5. Magnolia wreaths are expensive! I love this version both for its lower cost and it's looks! You're right...perfect for fall!

    1. They are so expensive! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love anything made with book pages and this is awesome. I would have never thought of this. Great job!

  7. This looks so pretty! I'd love to have a go at making my own one day. :) #pocolo

  8. What a beautiful wreath! You did an amazing job <3

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  9. Oh Kate I love this! Not only is it such a pretty wreath but I love that you used book pages to make it ;) For the reader in me... it's the perfect piece ;) Thanks so much for linking it up to our Bewitchin' Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my Features tomorrow over at Hugs, Lisa

  10. Love and I agree with the (at least one) person who said to consider doing it out of a favorite book! :-)

  11. This would make a pretty hostess gift!

  12. Kate your wreath is so pretty! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

  13. Looks great - I've ripped up books that I've struggled to read for crafts - they seem fair game somehow - love this idea, thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  14. That's lovely - I'm so rubbish at things like that. Well done you.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo (sorry for the late comment).


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