Neutral metallics provide year-round elegance to a mantelpiece or door. Gold leaves add one more touch of shine and shimmer. Bonus: this wreath makes a great DIY gift, because metallics can be worked in to any holiday decor!
What You'll Need:
- Preserved magnolia leaves (about 100)
- Assorted metallic spray paints (gold, silver, copper, champagne)
- Gold leaf
- Adhesive sizing
- Foam Brush
- Spray shellac
- 16-inch foam wreath
- Gold ribbon
- Hot glue gun/glue
- 12-inch wire
Step 1: Add color
Divide preserved magnolia leaves evenly into four groups and cut off leaf stems. Spray each group of leaves with one of the four metallic spray paints; let dry.
Step 2: Seal leaves
Separate out the champagne leaves and apply gold leaf; apply the leafing unevenly, following package directions. When these are dry, use a spray Shellac to seal the champagne leaves; seal the remaining three colors of leaves with Shellac as well. Allow the leaves to thoroughly dry in a well-ventilated area, preferably overnight.
Step 3: Assemble wreath
Wrap a 16-inch foam wreath with gold ribbon, securing the ends with hot glue or pins. Then wrap a wire around the form so you'll be able to easily hang the finished wreath. Apply the leaves by overlapping them one at a time, securing the base of each leaf with hot glue as you go. Repeat this process, overlapping various colors of metallic leaves until the entire form has been covered.