I’m in need of a winter pick-me-up. Everything outside is cold and brown and my front porch has been no exception. If you read my “winter porch decorating” post, then you know what I mean.
What better way to beat the winter decorating doldrums than with a shot of color.
How about turquoise????
As in, a bright turquoise magnolia wreath!
Now, I’m usually a more neutral decorator, but the front door really needed some extra pizzazz, so I went for something bolder.
Here’s how I made this lovely lacquered magnolia wreath…..
All you need is: magnolia leaves, glossy spray paint, a grapevine wreath, and hot glue.
Step 1: Gather some magnolia leaves from your neighbor’s branches that they have hauled to the curb for big trash day:) Or maybe you are lucky enough to have your own magnolia tree.
Clip the nicer leaves off of the branches. I left some of the stem on each leaf so that they’d be easier to glue into the wreath.
Also, be sure to check for spiders on the back of the leaves. I did find a live spider wrapped in a web on the back of a leaf. Yikes!
Step 2: Spread the leaves out and spray paint them in the color of your choice. I used Valspar gloss in the color Tropical Oasis. I just painted the front sides of the leaves. They dried really fast and only required one coat.
The color is “off” in these next few pics. Crafting at night does not lead to true to life colors in my photos.
Step 3: Separate the magnolia leaves into 3 piles: small, medium, and large. I took an 18 inch grapevine wreath and hot glued the largest leaves around the outside to form the first layer…….
Step 4: Hot glue on the middle layer with the medium size leaves…..
Step 5: Add a layer of small leaves in the very center to cover any grapevine that is still showing. I also tucked some more small and medium size magnolia leaves throughout the wreath to fill it out. I think I used about 75 leaves all together.
I just slid a length of ribbon through some of the branches on the back of the wreath and hung it on the front door.
I chose the turquoise because blue is a wintery color, but this wreath would be beautiful in any color. Can’t you just picture a bright pink lacquered magnolia wreath for Valentine’s Day?
I don’t know how long fresh or dried magnolia wreaths last, but not forever. I have no idea how long my painted version will last, but I’ll let you know how it does for the rest of the season.
Either way, the only cost for this lacquered magnolia wreath was a $5.00 grapevine wreath and a $6.00 can of spray paint. Not too shabby!
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Have a great day!
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