Today we are sharing our DIY instructions to make the Magnolia Leaf Paper Garland that was featured on our Thanksgiving table for Rue Magazine (SEE THE RUE FEATURE HERE) and Cricut. (SEE THE FULL BLOG POST HERE). The garland was one of our favorite projects we made for the table, and generated a lot of comments and emails! And it was easy to make using our Cricut Maker and a variety of papers, including Cricut cardstock.
Materials needed for this project (amounts will vary based on how long/large you would like your garland to be):
-Cricut Cutting Machine (BUY THE CRICUT MAKER WITH NEW ROTARY BLADE HERE), to use the accompanying Cricut Design Space files.
-Cricut Light Grip Cutting Mat (BUY CRICUT MATS HERE)
-Cricut Scoring Tool
-Cardstock (we used a variety of Cricut cardstock for this project, including pearlized) BUY CARDSTOCK HERE
-Crepe paper (we used the double sided Lia Griffith brand, found on Amazon) BUY CREPE PAPER on Amazon
-Hot glue gun
The first step is to cut out all of your leaves. For the pieces of garland I used on the Thanksgiving table, I cut about 30 leaves out of each paper. There are two different design files for this project, one for the crepe paper (with no scoring lines) and one for the cardstock (with scoring lines, as the paper is thicker).
CLICK HERE to access the Magnolia Leaf Pattern for the Crepe Paper, which looks like this:
CLICK HERE to access the Magnolia Leaf Pattern for the Cardstock paper, which looks like this:
You’ll notice that one file is 10 leaves and one is 8 leaves. This is because the crepe paper is not as wide as the cardstock. The leaf design was created using a Cricut Access design. What’s Cricut Access? It’s the subscription based program offered by Cricut that gives you access to THOUSANDS of designs in Cricut Design Space at no additional charge. AND, if you have an Access membership, you also get a discount on all digital purchases and purchases in the Cricut Online Store (including the Maker!)
I’m not going to lie to you, cutting all of the leaves takes a while. But the end result is worth it! So gather supplies for a cross stitch or something and plan to hang out at the Maker for a little while changing out papers LOL!
Once all of the leaves are cut out, I shaped them a little bit to make them look more realistic. I stretched the crepe paper and folded those leaves in half, and the scored cardstock leaves I also folded a little bit in half and rolled them with a pencil to round them slightly.
Then comes the construction part (and it’s easy)! I used heavier floral wire that comes in 18″ lengths, which I connected as necessary to create longer pieces of garland. All that you have to do is hot glue the leaves to the wire and to each other, layering the different papers to create a realistic looking branch. Here’s one of my pieces in progress:
Just keep adding leaves to make the garland as full as you prefer, and you’re done!
For the Thanksgiving table, I used short pieces as well as longer pieces to tuck into the centerpiece of the table, among the pumpkins and cotton branches.
I also used a longer piece to decorate the front of the bar cart that we styled:
After making the garlands, I can’t wait to make a wreath too! So stay tuned for that project 😉
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