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You know when you pass by something and go….yeah, that’s just not right?
THIS DOOR, has been driving me crazy…….I really didn’t have far to go anyways.
It is blue on one side and wood on the other. I’ve tried the blue side…too blue for the area. I tried the wood side, too…. I don’t know…just too______.
The door is cool, but it didn’t have the rustic worn chippy paint look I love.
Now, if you are wondering what all this has to do with a faux magnolia wreath, hold tight. If you are familiar with the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book, you will understand how I roll or think.
After some testing of paint, I finally ended up with a patina I liked. (The above pic was just one stage in this process.) Don’t ask me how I got the final look below. It was a try this and try that…and then add this..add that process.
I put the wreath back up on the door and looked. You know the look, right? You step back and take in the whole area. The look that scans to see if it all works.
If you have been a reader on our blog for awhile, you might know that we are trying to reduce debt from a bout of unemployment a few years ago. That means you make do in a lot of areas. This is not really new to us anyways and one of the reasons we started the blog.
Well, recently there was a Ficus tree that went under the knife as I was coveting a Fiddle Fig Leaf. Notice a trend here? Turn what you have into what you want.
After the “surgery”, this was leftover~
I already had a Styrofoam wreath from another project so I gave it a whirl.
- Using wire cutters, I removed all the leaves from the stems. (If you didn’t recently give your Ficus a trim, you can find leaves here reasonably or at your local craft store.)
- I took the leaves and applied them all in the same direction on the wreath with hot glue. Side Note – Have you seen the hot glue pot? I am thinking that would have worked MUCH easier. If you have one, please give me the 411.
- I made sure the middle and ends were completely covered so I didn’t see empty spots when looking at it from different angles…….cause you know I’ll look.
Once the wreath was completely covered, that’s when the artistic side came out.
- Magnolia leaves are rigid and can have a slight curl to them so I glued some of the leaves together at the top.(Notice the glue on my finger? Yeah!!!)
- I glued some leaves to the backs of the other leaves to create some height.
- Basically, it was a lot of looking and gluing until I got what I thought would work.
And that’s it….a bargain Faux Magnolia Wreath!
ALL FOR FREE!
Now, I look back at the door and wreath and I’m loving it. But there is a basket in the corner that may need to be updated.
And my book to be released soon –
If You Give a Blogger a House
Stay tuned…the branches from this tree haircut might be used for a project…who knows what I got up my sleeve.
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