Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Magnolia Leaf Wreath With Cricut

I am always looking for ways to upcycle things around the house. After Christmas, when it was time to take down my Christmas cards, I put them to the side to use for a project. I decided to use them in place of card stock in a Magnolia Leaf Wreath made using my Cricut Maker. I got a chance to use several of the tools available for the Maker in this project.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

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Supplies Needed for Magnolia Leaf Wreath


Cricut Maker
MediumGrip and StrongGrip Mats
Cricut Knife Blade
Cricut Scoring Wheel (included with Maker)
Cricut Fine Point Blade (included with Maker)
Cricut Chipboard
Front of Christmas Cards (or Card Stock)
Painters Tape (or Masking Tape)
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Piece of Ribbon (for hanging)
Magnolia Wreath Project in DesignSpace

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.
I began by tearing the front cover off the cards. I picked ones that were flat card stock....which means I did not use any that were embossed or had glitter on them. I filled up a 12X24 size Cricut StandardGrip Mat twice. I wanted to make sure I had enough leaves to choose from (I did not end up using all of them.

To begin the project, click the following link Magnolia Wreath Project to open up Cricut DesignSpace. 
Click Make It. This will take you to the cut screen.
Load the Scoring Wheel into Housing B (shown below)
Change the mat size to 12X24 (if you have one) otherwise, you will load your mat 4 times.
Select your Material. I selected Medium Card Stock.
Load your Mat using the double Arrow button on the machine
Press the Blinking "C" to start the Cut/Score


Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Once the scoring had completed, I changed out the blade to the FinePoint Blade and pressed the blinking "C" button to begin the cut. 

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Once the first mat had finished cutting, I pressed the double arrow to remove the mat from the machine. I loaded the second mat and clicked on the leaf project in the Design Space to cut the same pattern again. Once both mats were complete, I removed the leaves from the mat. Some of them were not entire leaves, but that was OK. I ended up not having to use those anyway.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Once the leaves were complete, I changed out the Fine Point Blade for the Knife Blade, so I could could cut out the chipboard base for the wreath. Make sure you use painter's tape or masking tape around the perimeter of the chipboard when attaching it to a StrongGrip mat, so your project does not move during the cut. If you have not used chipboard before, the machine makes multiple cuts (like 20 or more) until it cuts through the entire piece, so you don't want that sucker to move. 

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.
While the chipboard is cutting, go ahead and crease the leaves on the score line. Once you have your leaves and chipboard wreath base, you are ready to start assembling your wreath, so get your hot glue gun heated up!

I began by hot gluing leaves around the center of the base. Next, I attached leaves in a "V" pattern over the center leaves (shown below.) I randomly picked the leaves, so it would have an organic look and I tried not to have too many of the same color/pattern next to each other. I continued layering the leaves on top of each other in the "V" pattern until I had covered the entire wreath base. I then went back and added in a few leaves where you could see the base. Once the wreath was complete, I flipped it over and attached a wide piece of ribbon to the back with hot glue, in order to hang it on my front door.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.

Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.



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Upcycle those old Christmas cards and make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath using the Cricut Maker.


Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Program and may receive supplies to complete my projects, but all thoughts are 100% my own. I love my Cricut and am excited to share my projects with you!

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