Turn that thrift store ficus plant into a bargain faux magnolia wreath.
Our homes should inspire us to go out to do great things & then welcome us back for refreshment. – Melissa Michaels
In our quest for a magnolia wreath, we turned to some leftovers of a thrift store ficus plant.
Recently there was a Ficus tree that went under the knife to get an updated makeover. Turn what you have into what you want.
If you have been a reader on our blog for a while, you might know that we are trying to reduce debt from a stint of unemployment a few years ago. That means you make do in a lot of areas. But, this is not really new to us anyways and one of the reasons we started the blog.
After the “surgery”, this was leftover~
MAKE A WREATH
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I already had a Styrofoam wreath from another project so I gave it a whirl.
- Styrofoam wreath
- Artificial plant leaves
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue/gun
- Craft paint (white and copper)
FAUX MAGNOLIA WREATH DIRECTIONS
- 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 via Amazon, or you can use other thrift store artificial plants.)
- 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.
This is what it looked like prior to painting the leaves:
The last step was to lightly brush some copper on some leaves and white on others. You may want to play with some color on a practice leaf to test what you like.
The best thing about this project is that it was all for free using what I already had.
MORE SALVAGED PROJECTS
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