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Project

Magnolia Garland

Dress up your staircase with a magnificent garland of gilded magnolia leaves.

Materials

  • Medium-weight cardboard stock
  • Approximately 40 dried magnolia leaves for each section of the garland
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Small paintbrush
  • Water-based glue
  • Gold mica
  • Gilding brush
  • Satin ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To create the cardboard base for the leaves, photocopy the template, increasing the size by 200 percent. Cut out each piece along dotted line and enlarge by 200 percent; repeat.

  2. Step 2

    For each garland section, trace the shapes on cardboard stock. Cut out pieces, and punch a small hole at either end with a nail. Link pieces with double rings of floral wire to form the curved shape.

  3. Step 3

    With brush, apply glue to top of each leaf, then dust on gold mica with the gilding brush. (Always wear a dust mask when working with mica powder.) Shake off excess and let dry completely.

  4. Step 4

    Affix leaves to cardboard with hot glue in an overlapping pattern, alternating one mica side up, one unpainted side up. Attach to staircase using satin ribbon tied in a simple knot.