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Project

Golden Harvest Wreath

The harvest theme takes on new dimensions when executed in unexpected colors and materials. Turkey quill feathers and magnolia leaves, colored on one side with floral spray, are mixed with stalks of wheat to create a stunning wreath.

Introduction

This 22-inch wreath form was decorated with about 90 magnolia leaves, 150 wheat stems, and 25 feathers. If you can't find magnolia leaves, use any other sturdy, broad leaf. This wreath can last for several years: After the holidays, place it, front side up, in a flat box cushioned with tissue paper. Keep it in a cool, dry place. If a few of the magnolia leaves look tired when you unpack it, replace them with freshly painted ones.

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Materials

  • Floral spray in brilliant gold White feathers
  • Magnolia leaves
  • 24-gauge gold wire
  • Gardening shears
  • Wheat stems
  • 22-inch wire wreath form
  • Hot-glue gun

Steps

  1. Step 1

    On a clean, dry surface protected by paper in a well-ventilated area, spray the feathers and the top sides of the magnolia leaves gold. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Bundle 3 leaves with a small piece of wire; snip end. Bundle 5 wheat stems with wire, and snip end. Repeat with the remaining leaves and stems. Wrap the bundles to the wreath form with a single piece of wire, alternating and overlapping bundles of leaves and stems. Keep them tight and close together.

  3. Step 3

    Once the wreath form is covered, insert the feathers at equal intervals. Glue in place.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2007

Reviews (3)

  • whitneyj 23 Sep, 2010

    I had a dried magnolia wreath I had made earlier this year, from leaves at the park. I just added the wheat stems. What a great way to renew my wreath!

  • christo_1 30 Sep, 2008

    Thanks for the tip, that knowledge can only come from actually doing it. I appreaciate it.

  • XPCallie 24 Nov, 2007

    Relatively easy and beautiful! I was able to purchase nearly all of the necessary supplies at my local craft store (Joann's) and I harvested magnolia leaves from a tree in my front yard. I used an 18 inch wreath form instead of the 22 inch and it turned out just as well. GOOD TIP: The blast of spray from the gold spray paint tends to make the leaves and feathers fly away. Before spray painting, tape down the very end tips of the leaves and feathers to your covered painting surface. This will ensure even coverage and prevent fly-aways. HAVE FUN!