DIY How to Make a Wreath using Dried Magnolia or Fresh Magnolia Leaves

Learn how easy it is to make a magnolia wreeath whether you are using dried or fresh leaves #wreath #diy#craft http://lehmanlane.net

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.

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These magnolia 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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Supplies:
• 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*

To make:

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1) Wrap your green floral wire twice around the wreath and twist it to itself to secure the wire to the wreath.  You will continue to wrap the wire around the wreath as you attach the leaves.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:).

How to Make a Dried Magnolia Wreath

Here is my same dried Magnolia Wreath from this Christmas (12/15), (1.5 years later)

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27 thoughts on “DIY How to Make a Wreath using Dried Magnolia or Fresh Magnolia Leaves

  1. Do the fresh leaves that are dried turn completely brown? Or does the green stay a little bit? Debating on drying leaves, or buying faux! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Ashley, I added an updated picture of my magnolia wreath that I took today to the bottom of my post. The magnolia leaves are definitely not as glossy as they once were but they are definitely still green:).

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Tricia! I didn’t preserve the Magnolia leaves other than using ones that had already dried naturally from my yard. The leaves of my dried magnolia leaf have lasted a long time. I currently have the wreath displayed on my family room mantel and added a picture above to show you how it looks now 1.5 years later:). Happy New Year, Tara

  2. Very beautiful!!
    How do you preserve and dry the Magnolia leaves ?
    please explain step by step.

    very very thank you.

    1. Hi Reza! Thanks so much for commenting on my how to make a magnolia wreath post. I didn’t really do anything to preserve the magnolia leaves other than leaving them out to air dry before assembling the dried magnolia wreath:). Take care, Tara

  3. Hi Tara,
    I am thinking of spraying the dried leaves with hairspray. I did that with a cotton wreath that I picked (in the south) . The cotton balls lasted a long time.

    1. Hi Kay! Thanks so much for commenting on my how to make a wreath using magnolia leaves! I think hair spray sounds like a great idea, I hope it works well for you. Take care, Tara

  4. great looking wreath!! I have a magnolia tree in my new yard, jus purchased this home and the tree was already there..blessing for me! I hope mine comes out as good looking as yours did!

  5. Spritzing or painting the leaves with diluted Mop & Glo Floor Wax keeps them looking pretty and shiny much longer. Or dip them in it for complete coverage on both sides and lay in the grass on a sunny day to dry.

    1. Thanks so much for your tips Linda! Mop & Glo does wonders for my tile floors and I will have to try this next time I make our magnolia leaves. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on our blog.

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my Magnolia Wreath Sam! It really is simple to make and I hope you will give it a try :).

  6. Love the wreath, even when it’s dried! So gorgeous and natural. Have you tried taking it down and storing it? I’m wondering how one would do so without breaking any of the leaves. They seem pretty fragile once dried. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my magnolia wreath Allie! We keep ours up all year but the leaves do become very fragile over time so you definitely be careful when handling it.

  7. Can you use clear spray paint to help to preserve a natural magnolia wreath for outside use to prevent it from turning brown? Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see how I made my magnolia wreath Alicia! I don’t see why you can’t spray paint the leaves. If you decide to make a magnolia wreath of your own, I would love to hear about it.

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