Dress up your staircase with a magnificent garland of gilded magnolia leaves.
Photography: Christopher Baker
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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