Have you seen the new line of metallic paint Fusion has to offer?

 

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7 colors in all, formulated just like the regular, great Fusion Mineral Paint except using metallic pigments.  The Studio Metallic line was created to be used for larger projects (even a whole piece of furniture!), and is super smooth and virtually brush-stroke free.

I wanted to find a way to showcase these new metallics.  What could I paint that would fit in with the upcoming holidays?

Inspiration hit while out shopping one day when I saw a beautiful wreath made from magnolia leaves. I called my dad, who would be coming to visit me soon from Tennessee, and asked him to gather up some magnolia leaves from his back yard for me.  He showed up with an entire garbage bag full a few weeks later 🙂

Magnolia leaves are big, sturdy leaves that hold up well to being painted and being wired to a frame–which makes them perfect for this project.

 

How to embellish a magnolia leaf wreath using Fusion metallic paint

 

Would you like to make your own?  Here is the how-to!

Step 1:  Paint leaves various shades of metallics

 

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I decided to use the Studio Metallic Pale Gold, Silver, and Copper for my wreath.  I tried to pick leaves that were roughly the same size and relatively flat.  Painting the leaves was super easy–just a small craft brush and a quick coat of paint, then leave to dry well overnight.  The silver did take a second coat to get the full coverage I wanted.

Step 2:  Attach leaves to wire form with floral wire in a staggered color pattern.

 

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The magnolia leaves are sturdy (like I said earlier), but I wasn’t sure their stems would hold up to being stuck into a styrofoam form, which I why I decided to wire them on with floral wire. Yes, this is a tedious step. But hey, sometimes beauty takes time to create 🙂

I layered on the leaves alternating between the 3 colored leaves and a few leaves left natural.

Step 3:  Repeat layering of leaves around entire wire form and secure any loose leaves with hot glue.

 

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Some of the leaves wanted to curl and flip out of place, so I did hot glue a few of them down to help secure them.

Here is the full wreath on my front door:

 

Metallic Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath using Fusion Studio Metallics

 

I really love the various tones of metallics and how they play off the natural leaves. I think including the natural leaves helps keep the metallic from being over the top too.

 

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There are obviously fall tones in this wreath, but I think it works for Christmas as well, and possibly even year round depending on your decor.

What would you create with the Fusion Studio Metallics?

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