Steel Magnolia Wreath

Hope everyone is holding up well during Hurricane Matthew!
In the midst of cabin fever I've been watching some of my favorite movies, including Steel Magnolias πŸ˜„πŸŒΉπŸ’—πŸ˜’πŸ’„πŸ‘‘πŸ°
One of those movies that makes you laugh till you cry!
And we know every line by heart. . .
And relate to one of the characters more than the other,
I like to think I'm a Ouiser with just a dash of Annelle  πŸ˜Š

 So I decided to finally make a diy project I've been dying to try. . .
πŸ˜„A Magnolia WreathπŸ˜„
Since we fled to John's hometown of Franklin, Virginia, I had no idea where to find a public magnolia tree. So, John drove me up the street to a local park and we started picking branches right off tree.
After we got the leaves, all we needed were the foam wreaths. I checked all the Dollar stores in town and had no luck, so ended up paying full price at Walmart for $6 a wreath.

I started with cutting the leaves off the branches at an angle so that it will be easy for the stem to be inserted in the foam.

After they were all cut, I dropped them in the kitchen sink to rinse off any creepy crawliesπŸ›
I saw a grey hornet burrow on one of the leaves. . . .I had a small hissyfit and shrieked like a teakettle and chucked it out the window πŸ˜†

Once they were rinsed, I just started sticking the stems right in the foam, below is one layer. And you just repeat to the inner edge until you're done. If you see any gaps be sure to fill them with any leftover leaves.

Finished Product:o)

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