We happen to have an amazing, huge magnolia tree in our back yard, so it seems only necessary to use those giant leaves to decorate the house. I did a quick magnolia leaf project this afternoon and its coming together! I used Rustoleum "Champagne Mist" metallic spray paint and the leaves from my back yard.
Here's how it went...
Step1: Wash the leaves, you don't want dusty or dirty leaves, nor do you want to bring little critters into your house!
Step2: Dry the leaves, the sun works best as this is how leaves dry naturally when still on the tree.
Step3: Lay them out on a cardboard box or something you don't care to get paint on.
Step4: spray the top side, a little at a time. You don't want drip marks on the leaves.
You're Finished: Put them where ever you want! You can do the same with pine cones too!