DIY Faux Magnolia Wreath for Under $5

Raise your hand if you are OBSESSED with magnolia wreaths?(Thanks Joanna Gaines). Raise your hand if you are broke.

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No shame girl, no shame because I am right there with you. Of course magnolia wreaths are all the rage, but searching for an affordable one online is like trying to find a healthy triple chocolate cake, impossible. So I set off to create my own for as cheap as possible, and couldn’t be more happy with the results! Thanks to a little inspiration from Trader Joe’s I actually DID use their paper bag to create some wall art. With a little snip here, paint there, hot glue and wreath from Dollar Tree I created a faux magnolia wreath for $1! Yes, you did read that correctly, a single dollar, one buck, four quarters, 10 dimes, however you look at it, it was just one buckaroo. Intrigued? Well, you should be. Keep reading to find out how to make your very own faux magnolia wreath for just $1.

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Okay, let’s get started!

Materials: 4 Paper bags (doesn’t need to be Trader Joe’s but you’re simply missing out if you don’t shop there), hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, green paint, adult scissors, twine wreath from Dollar Tree, polyurethane spray, glitter spray (optional),

Duration: About 1-2 hours

Craft level: Beginner

Step 1: Assemble your paper bags and cut down the seam and around creases at the bottom so that you are left with 1 long rectangular piece of brown paper. Cut in half.


Step 2: Smooth by ironing. Set your iron on the lowest setting, lay out your bag and place a cloth over the bag to prevent your bag from burning. Iron out wrinkles.

Step 3: Create 2 leaf stencils, one large and one smaller to get varying size leaves on your wreath. Don’t forget your stem! Trace your large stencil onto the blank side of 2 of your bags and trace your smaller stencil on the blank side of your other 2 bags.


Step 4: Paint your leaves! I first tried watercolor… don’t. It was muted and uneven and didn’t resemble a real wreath at all. I then used hunter green spray paint and it worked muuuch better! Add dimension by using multiple colors! Spray and leave in a safe spot for 1/2 for your leaves to properly dry.


Step 5: Cut out your painted leaves. This takes some scissor skills so make sure you aren’t using kids scissors that are dull and hard to manipulate.


Step 6: Gather your twine wreath, leaves and plug in your glue gun. Once the glue gun is hot you can begin applying your first layer of big leaves. Take your leaf and add a small dot of hot glue to front (painted side) of your ‘stem’. Quickly adhere the stem to the outer part of your wreath at an angle to mimic the appearance of the real wreath. Continue adhering leaves by the stem, overlapping each consecutive leaf slightly over the last. Once the first layer is applied continue with the large leaves on your second layer. After you have run out of large leaves move onto applying your smaller leaves. Once you start with your smaller leaves on the 3rd layer begin to angle them slightly more. As you apply the 4th layer of leaves angle them even more dramatically to fill in the center.


Step 7: Spray with Poly to add a glossy hue

Step 8: Hang 🙂


Go ahead with this project and be creative! Use wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, newspaper or whatever paper suits your space. If you do choose to get crafty and give this DIY a try, let me know your results! Bon chance my friends.


Not so much into DIY projects but still love magnolia wreaths? Click here to order this Preserved magnolia wreath from Amazon, on sale for $52.95.

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