Thursday, January 5, 2012

Easy New Year's wreath (for free!)

I love the order and cleanliness of my house without its Christmas decorations. But somehow it always feels a little sparse and lonely without the festive decor. This year, I took the leftovers of my favorite Christmas decorating element--magnolia leaves--and made a New Year's wreath. Here it is:

Here's how I did it.

I pulled the magnolia leaves off the branches and spread them out on boards. Using spray paint I had on hand, I sprayed some of them shiny silver:

some hammered silver:

and some white. When the white ones were dry, I doused those with spray adhesive and sprinkled on Epsom salts. Some white glitter would have been nice, too, but I didn't have any, and I was determined to keep this project free.

Then I simply used one of my wreath forms and my glue gun and layered on all the various kinds of leaves, including a few that I left in their natural green. And voila! A pretty, wintry wreath!

Now I don't feel quite so wistful about taking down the Christmas decorations.

How about you? Are you all finished taking down your Christmas decor? Any fun winter decorations? I'd love to see!

I'm joining these parties:


sabrymagic said...

Ciao Richella è bellissima questa ghirlanda:D

Jenny said...

That's so pretty! I love the simplicity. Now I doubly want a magnolia tree!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I love it Richella! It is the perfect thing to take us to the next season...I have stripped all of my Christmas decor down too and am trying to "transition" as well!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda

Kelly said...

That's a great idea! That wreath turned out so pretty. What I love about homemade wreaths is that noone else has one just like yours on their front door too. Ha!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love it, Richella!!! Magnolia leaves are gorgeous and that wreath is totally fabulous!! I never would have thought of using the epsom salts. What a brilliant idea! So smart!

I'm with you on the snow. Last year we had SEVERAL inches on January 9th. It was almost 70 degrees here today. What happened to winter?

Dawn said...

i know how you love your magnolia... and i LOVE the wreath. it is so pretty there on your door! i am still in the mess of christmas stuff... but this year i might take it down sooner than later!


Anonymous said...

Magnolia trees- such pretty leaves- a no show in Colorado though! Great wreath!

Laryssa Herbert said...

Lovely! Great job.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It's lovely!! Very pretty in those metallic hues. :)

Paula said...

It's so tough to figure out what to hang on the door this time of year. Your wreath is a perfect solution and I love that you made it without having to buy a thing. I'll bet the silver glistens in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! That would be a great wreath to keep up all year long. I always hate taking down the Christmas decor & seeing everything so bare. Its time to do some rearranging I think. :-)

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

what a perfect winter wreath! just pinned it. I always think of silver when I think of January.

I was missing the snow from last year too, until it snowed on the day the kids were supposed to go back...

Linda said...

That wreath is so pretty. Epsom Salts would really make it sparkle...great idea!

I still have to take down the Christmas stuff. With my brother's heart issues we are behind on things. But it is will happen eventually.

Have a wonderful day!


Anonymous said...

Oh so simple and beautiful...what's not to love.
Found you through Leslie's page (Goodbye House, Hello Home). We seem to be sharing her Inspiration category. LOVE your blog title, Richella.
Much love,

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love it! So pretty and and seems so easy to do!

Happy New Year!

Mary Lou said...

What a fun idea and I just happen to have a magnolia tree right out aside my door. But, I'm done in with decorating. I love the tip for the Epson salt. I just bought some after seeing a tip on Pinterist for plants. 2 Tbsp per 1 gal. water once a month.

Southern Lady said...

Love it!! I hope Preston is feeling better. We have been praying for him! Carla

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Richella,

It's GORGEOUS!! And I love that fact that it was all made using what you had to hand. I love that hammered silver spray - love it!!


A Few Pennies said...

So pretty--it brings out fabulous colors in the stonework of your entry. Gorgeous!

Chris said...

Hi Richella, the wreath is tres beautiful. What a beautiful job you did, it looks so tasteful and really chic. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Leslie said...

How did I miss this? It's gorgeous! And I know where a magnolia tree is!
It's just loverly!
Imma copy it.

Gretchen said...

I LOVE this! You are always so inspiring!

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