Paper Bag Copper Magnolia Wreath

6 Materials
2 Hours

Brown paper lunch bags are crafted into a super thrifty and easy copper magnolia wreath that's perfect for Fall and into the holiday season!

Hey friends, I'm Cindy. I blog at DIY Beautify where I love sharing thrifty ideas for creating your beautiful home!

I can't wait to show you how easy and fun it is to make this stunning Copper Magnolia Wreath from simple paper bags!

Supplies Needed

  • grapevine wreath form
  • 8-10 paper lunch sacks
  • scissors
  • copper paint (I used this product)
  • brown and beige acrylic paints
  • small foam roller
  • paper plate
  • cardboard
  • hot glue

The first step is to cut your paper bags into sheets. These are just simple lunch sacs but you could use grocery store bags as well. I wanted something without any writing or logos on it. 

The best way to avoid getting that seam on one side of the sheet is to start cutting the bag straight down the middle of that seam. Cut all the way to the bottom of the bag, then cut around the ends of the bag, removing the base. In other words...don't do what I did here 😉

Paint paper sheets

Squeeze a little bit of your paints next to each other on a disposable surface (I used a piece of cardboard).

Roll your roller through the paint a few times to blend, then in long, broad strokes paint the paper bag sheets. Don't stress about this step, you really can't go wrong! Some of my sheets had more brown, others more copper. A varied mix is best because it gives the "leaves" more dimension! You will have to squeeze out more paint periodically but the paint does go far.

Cut out magnolia leaf shapes

Once the paper sheets are dry, make a simple leaf template using a stiffer piece of cardboard, then stack a couple sheets together and cut out multiple leaves at one time. I got 10 per sheet.

Crease leaves and glue ends

This step is optional if you're rushed for time, but it really does make the paper leaves look more realistic so don't skip it unless you absolutely need to. Fold each leaf in half and use your fingernail to add a crease down the center. Add a tiny drop of hot glue to the end of each leaf and pinch the sides together so it holds that shape. 

Glue leaves to grapevine wreath form

Add a dab of hot glue to the back of a leaf and press it onto the grapevine twig base, right in the middle. Next, glue a leaf to either side of the first leaf. Continue adding leaves in this manner all the way around the wreath.

It's so fun to see the DIY copper magnolia leaf wreath take shape before your eyes!

Isn't it a gorgeous wreath? No one will know it's made from paper bags! It's very lightweight and easy to hang.

Because it's paper, keep in mind this wreath is for INDOOR USE only!

As always, please visit my blog post linked below for the FULL TUTORIAL and additional photos and instructions! I'd love to know in the comments if you make this paper bag wreath!

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  • Mary Distel Mary Distel on Jul 25, 2022

    I don't know if I missed it in the instructions, but do you paint both sides? I love the look!!!

  • Jane Jane on Aug 09, 2022

    Why not just used dried (fallen) leaves and paint them bronz? Either spraying or by paint brush ? Then seal with Acrylic spray like Krylon.. then use hot glue and attach just like you did to wreath. A lot less work.. and you would have real shapes and sizes. And once the leaf is painted and sealed it will last a long time and probably be sturdier than paper!

  • Monique Monique on Jul 21, 2023

    Pretty, but who puts a wreath in front of dresser drawers that you can’t open unless you remove the wreath every time???

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  • Beth Parsons Beth Parsons on Oct 07, 2022

    I love this and since I have my groceries delivered, I have an abundance of no logo paper bags. Off to get a wreath form. Thank you!

  • Lonnie Lonnie on Jul 24, 2023


    Very clever & looks great! You can also Learn your technique & apply to other wreaths in different ways. You just taught me something, thank you🛍️