Magnolia Tree Fall Wreath

September 2, 2010

Fall is one of those seasons that just happens for everyone at a certain moment.  For me, last year, it was just something in the air.  This year, it happened to be the turning of the calendar to my favorite month of September. 

I was playing in the park with my girl a few weeks ago, and noticed the beauty of the fallen leaves from a nearby magnolia tree.   It was instant inspiration!  Up close, I loved the shape and caramel color of the leaves so I thought they would make a perfect wreath for our front door.  

golden magnolia leaves

  

This year, my requirements for a fall wreath were this: cheap and easy !   Here’s this year’s front door wreath, and the best part is that it cost me less than $5 dollars. 

 cg front porch fall wreath

The outdoor rug I found last year at Pier One.

 

cg front door magnolia wreath

 

Some of the magnolia leaves have a bit of shimmer . . . I couldn’t resist enhancing many of them with a little metallic craft paint.  

 

color medley  

I simply painted some of the leaves with various craft paints from my stash.

metallic paint on leaf

 

Then I wiped off half the paint with a paper towel to highlight the leaf’s natural beauty.

wipe off with paper towel

  

A little hot glue on an 18 inch craft ring from Michaels . . .

hot glue leaves

 

90 minutes later: a shimmery caramel colored front door wreath, tied up with braided jute twine and secured to the door with a 3M adhesive hook.  

  

cg front door magnolia wreath

 

Easy, inexpensive, and oh-so-autumn! 

cg girl and wreath

 

Magnolia leaves hold their shape for several months, so this year’s version should (fingers crossed) last through the season.  

Are you finally ready for autumn too ?   What are your plans to bring fall into your home this year?  Do share !

 

 

 

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