Paper Magnolia Wreath Using Book Pages

by katie

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.

DIY Magnolia leaf wreath made from book pages.


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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 RachaelTeodoro.com. {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:

Book
Craft Knife
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Pencil
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.


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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.

DIY Magnolia leaf wreath made from book pages.

DIY Magnolia leaf wreath made from book pages.
DIY Magnolia leaf wreath made from book pages.

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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20 comments

Christine Tatum August 14, 2016 - 3:46 pm

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

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Kate Auclair August 15, 2016 - 1:20 pm

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

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Anne Birdsong August 14, 2016 - 4:19 pm

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.

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Kate Auclair August 15, 2016 - 1:18 pm

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

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Amber Harrop August 14, 2016 - 5:28 pm

I love this I am going to try and make one of my own 🙂

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Kate Auclair August 15, 2016 - 1:19 pm

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

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Vanessa August 14, 2016 - 9:20 pm

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. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/08/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-109.html

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Kate Auclair August 15, 2016 - 1:17 pm

Awesome! I bet it will look great!

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Leslie August 15, 2016 - 11:54 am

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

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Kate Auclair August 15, 2016 - 1:16 pm

They are so expensive! Thanks for stopping by!

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Sherry Cole August 19, 2016 - 1:07 pm

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

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Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:56 pm

Thanks a lot, Sherry!

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Jessica Powell August 19, 2016 - 3:43 pm

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

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Edye Nicole August 19, 2016 - 3:53 pm

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

Blessings,
Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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Lisa Silfwerbrand August 20, 2016 - 5:19 pm

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 http://www.recreateddesigns.com. Hugs, Lisa

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Paula Kiger August 20, 2016 - 10:49 pm

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

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Melanie August 22, 2016 - 3:24 pm

This would make a pretty hostess gift!

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Theresa August 23, 2016 - 4:22 pm

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

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Stephanie Robinson August 27, 2016 - 10:35 pm

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

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Morgan Prince September 10, 2016 - 10:11 am

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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