DIY paper magnolia garlandThere’s nothing quite like a fresh garland of greenery… until you make a paper version and it lasts for years! We fell in love with Magnolia leaves after working on a paper magnolia flower months ago. We love the big leaves with their two-tone coloring of brown and green. The fresh magnolia leaf garlands you can buy are always so lush and we wanted to create the same effect with a paper version. The key to this garland is lots of leaves which you can bend to create a really full look. Brown kraft paper, paint, and wire are the only supplies you’ll need, making this a piece of cake to put together! We hung ours over a door frame, but it would look super lovely along a mantle or down a staircase. And guess what? It’s under $10!

Paper Magnolia Leaf GarlandCheck out the full tutorial here

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Magnolia Leaf Template HERE

Materials:

  • Large roll of brown kraft paper (about $5)
  • Roll of brown painter’s paper (about $2 from the hardware store)
  • Two shades of mossy green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cloth covered wire
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Instructions:

  1. Paint one side of the brown butcher paper with the green paint. Let dry.
  2. Water down a lighter shade of green and splatter the paper to add texture. Let dry.
  3. Using the provided template, cut out leaves. You’ll need about 20 leaves for 1 foot of garland.
  4. Score, or fold, the middle of the leaves
  5. For most of the leaves, glue pieces of wire onto the brown side of the leaf, leaving a tail of about 3 inches.
  6. For a few of the leaves, glue the wire onto the green side of the leaf.
  7. Bunch up the small roll of brown butcher paper. This will act as the base of the garland.
  8. Wrap the wired leaves around the butcher paper, keeping them quite dense.
  9. Bend the leaves up to create a full, and somewhat wild, appearance.
  10. Now deck the halls with your paper magnolia leaf garland!

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland

Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones

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