We are back from the beach and my mind has already starting to think about decorating for fall :). One great way to change up your decor is by using wreaths. I put mine pretty much everywhere…doors, walls, fireplace mantels…inside and out. In this post I’ll show you how to make a wreath using dried or fresh magnolia leaves. If you are fortunate enough to have a southern magnolia in your yard like we do you can make beautiful wreaths to decorate your home. If not find a friend that does :). When our magnolia needs trimmed or loses it’s leaves I save them rather than sticking them out for recycling. Here are some of my newly cut leaves.
These wreaths are very easy to make and cost less than $5!!! I made one in less than an hour with my kids home ;). The fresh wreath only lasts a few weeks but the dried wreath will last years!!! Perfect if you don’t have time to make a new one every month.
How to Make a Magnolia Wreath
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• Straw Wreath Form (any size you want) like this one, (FloraCraft Straw Wreaths, 12-Inch Straw Wreath)
• Floral Wire (Paddle Wire 20 Gauge 4 Ounces/Pkg-Green)
• Glue gun and glue sticks (Vastar Hot Glue Gun with 30 Pieces Melt Glue Sticks Melting Adhesive Glue Gun Kit for DIY Small Craft and Quick Repairs in Home & Office, 20 Watt)
• Fresh or Dried Magnolia Leaves (at least fifty or more depending on how big you want the wreath)
*for dried leaves I usually set the branches in a pile in the yard and wait a month or two then I pick out the ones that have the best color and toss the others. You can also speed up this process by pulling the leaves off their stem and bringing them indoors to dry out next to a fireplace or wood stove.
2) Start laying out your leaves and divide them up by size. Start placing the big ones in the back and small ones in the front.
3) Wrap the wire at the base of the stem and glue gun it as well to give it extra support.
4) Continue wrapping the wire and gluing the stems as you add more leaves until done.
5) The wire creates a built in hanger. You can now use it to hang the wreath at any angle you would like.
Here is a picture of my new fresh magnolia wreath in my dining room:) All I need now is some pumpkins and acorns and I am ready to decorate for fall!
Just follow the same steps substituting dried leaves for a dried wreath. Here’s one I made that I have hanging in my living room.
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* Updated 4/2015 – I wanted to share a picture of what my wreath looks like now and how it has been holding up. Below is a picture of my dried magnolia wreath 8 months after I made it. As you can see the magnolia leaves aren’t quite as glossy as they first were when I made the wreath. I still really love the wreath but I do wish it was just as bright as it used to be. I may try preserving the magnolia leaves next time to see if the color lasts a little longer:).
Here is my same dried Magnolia Wreath from this Christmas (12/15), (1.5 years later)
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