{How To} Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath with Fusion Metallics

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

 

 

6 colors in all, formulated just like the regular, great Fusion Mineral Paint except using metallic pigments.  The large size containers are great for furniture projects, while the tester sizes are perfect for accents or craft projects, like this! 

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 backyard 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

 

magnolia leaves painted in metallic paint

 

I decided to use the Metallic Pale Gold, Silver (*not currently available, try Brushed Steel), 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.

 

how to make a magnolia leaf wreath

 

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 the entire wire form and secure any loose leaves with hot glue.

 

diy metallic leaf magnolia wreath

 

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 Metallics?

 

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Glenda C

Friday 22nd of January 2016

Gorgeous! Did you paint the backside of the leaves as well?

Melanie

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Thank you! No, I left the backside of the leaves natural.

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Monday 18th of January 2016

[…] around with them a bit over the past few months, experimenting on picture frames and even this Magnolia Leaf-Wreath I shared with you back in November, but I have been itching to try them out on a whole furniture […]

Bethany

Friday 20th of November 2015

Brilliant! Absolutely spot-on with the natural leaves thrown in! You are such an artist.

Joy

Friday 13th of November 2015

Question...I want to order some gold. I see where I can order the paint but I don't see the metallic. Can you steer me in the right direction.

Melanie

Friday 13th of November 2015

Hi Joy. I don't have the Studio Metallics loaded onto my online sale page, but I can email you and we can work out a direct order that way. Thanks!

Donna Marie

Friday 13th of November 2015

This wreath would be a good one for me because I have a magnolia tree, but I wonder how long it will last?

Melanie

Friday 13th of November 2015

The leaves are all dried Donna, so if you are careful to store it properly it should last for a few seasons.