Paper Magnolias

To say farewell to DC and to mark our move south, I decided to make a craft and a recipe with a southern theme.  Today I share the craft — paper magnolias — and Thursday I will share the recipe.  Any guesses as to what the recipe is? Check back on Thursday to find out.

No, we are not unpacked yet (I wish!).  We still have mountains of moving boxes.  I’d show you a picture, but I don’t want any evidence of our current mess.

I made these flowers to adorn a table of food at an open house we hosted before leaving DC, but I think that they would also be nice on top of a gift in place of a bow.

First, I created a pattern for the magnolia base and petals using my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the base and petals.  (If you don’t have a Silhouette you could print a copy of the patten and cut these by hand).  I still haven’t figured out how to upload studio files so I have provided my pattern in a pdf (below).

Next I curled four petals using the handle of a paint brush and glued the petals on to the base.

For each layer — four petals — I glued the petals slightly closer to the base and curled the petals a bit more using the handle of a paint brush (for the outer petals) and an embossing tool (for the inner petals).

For the final layers I bent the tabs at the base of the petals to give the flowers more volume.

I added more layers.

To make the paper magnolias, I used the following:

  • Paper Magnolias Template
  • Silhouette machine (scissors would also work)
  • White card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Paint brush and embossing tool (to curl the petals)
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Paper Magnolias — 15 Comments

  1. Hey, Marie. Pretty flower! In response to your question on my blog (concerning the tiles), after I used several layers of Mod Podge, I coated them with 4-5 layers of a wipe on poly to make the tiles waterproof, therefore, I can use them as coasters. Fondly, Tami

    • Hi Tami, I’ve never tried a wipe on poly, but will have to check it out. Thanks for your response and for stopping by!

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  3. Marie

    I loved your pattern for magnolia. This kicked off a lot of ways to use
    the basic pattern. I love working with vellum and chalk. The pattern lends itself to chalking around the edges.

    I wish everyone would show step by step photos as well. I am a preschool teacher and this is something I can do with the children. I will “like” you on FB.

    • Hi Sheila, Thank you! I am going to try to post a couple of kids crafts in the next few weeks like the homemade play-dough I posted earlier this week.

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  6. That is a beautiful flower but it doesn’t look like a magnolia. It looks like a white rose. Magnolias don’t have that many petals (only about 5) and they have a yellow center.

    • Hi Ami, I have seen some magnolias around here that have more than five petals. You are right about the center though. I just might have to do another version . . . :) Thanks for stopping by!


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