Paper Magnolia Wreath

I've sort of been on a Fixer Upper fan girl roll lately. It all started on a college trip with my oldest son to Waco where we got to stop in at Magnolia Market. I knew I loved Joanna's style I just didn't know how much I loved it until I left the market wanting every single item in the shop. Then I did a little interview with a season 3 Fixer Upper client and loved getting the inside scoop so much that I found myself googling all things Fixer Upper and binging on past shows. Chip and Joanna Gaines are smart business people who have done a great job with branding. One of the things I looked at while I was at the Magnolia Market was their signature magnolia wreath. At $95 each, it was a bit out of my price range, but they are pretty darn gorgeous. This one is a little less expensive but it still seems like these things are made of unicorn tears!

I decided to come home and make one of my own...with a twist. I used green scrapbook paper and used my silhouette machine to cut out the leaves. The whole thing cost less than $5 to make and I love it. I call that a win!

paper magnolia wreath using the silhouette cameo

paper magnolia wreath get the fixer upper look for less

I started with supplies that I already had here at home. I bought the burlap ribbon at a garage sale for $1 and the foam wreath at the Dollar Store {for a dollar...duh}. The green cardstock was on sale 3 for $1. I purchased 12 sheets of it but ended up with too many leaves. Depending on the size of your wreath form, you could probably get away with 9 sheets of paper.

supplies needed for paper magnolia wreath

I wrapped my wreath form in the burlap ribbon. I wanted it totally covered just in case any of it showed. And also because hot glue on Styrofoam is no bueno. I secured the ends of the ribbon in place with a few straight pins.

foam wreath form wrapped in burlap ribbon

I found a magnolia leaf on line as a part of an encyclopedia page and used my trace feature on my Silhouette to create a cut file for my leaves. If you want to know more about how to use trace and cut, so that you can use any image in your silhouette, you can find that tutorial here.

magnolia leaves cut out of paper

I got the new Silhouette Cameo for Christmas {my Silhouette SD served me well for so long but I needed something that cut 12x12 and this does the trick}. I'm not quite sure if it was the sticky mat or the way these leaves were cut, but they curled all on their own as I peeled them from the cut mat. It was perfect and saved me a step in the process.  If yours don't curl, you can roll them on a pencil and get the curve with a little extra step.

magnolia leaves cut out of paper

I started by putting my back layer on first. I used hot glue to adhere them in place.

how to make a paper magnolia wreath

My second layer was a little more folded back so that I could cover the curve in the top.

how to make a paper magnolia wreath

The third and forth layer were placed on the inside of the foam wreath and along the edges. Filling in any gaps that you might see.

how to make a paper magnolia wreath

Magnolia wreaths that I have seen have so much texture and the leaves are always bent. I think the paper version of the magnolia wreath does a great job replicating that. If you want to make it look a little more authentic you could cut a few brown sheets of card stock and layer those leaves in randomly.

magnolia wreath made from card stock cut on the silhouette cameo

I love the $90 in savings! And the fact that it's made completely out of paper.

magnolia wreath made from card stock cut on the silhouette cameo

What do you think? Think it looks authentic enough?

magnolia wreath made from card stock cut on the silhouette cameo

For only $5 and about an hour of my time, I was able to create a pretty impressive wreath made totally out of paper. Be still my Fixer Upper loving heart!

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