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How to Make a Wreath with Dried or Fresh Magnolia Leaves
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One fabulous way to change up your decor is by using wreaths.
I add wreaths to my farmhouse decor pretty much everywhere…doors, walls, fireplace mantels…inside & out!
Where to Find Magnolia Leaves
If you are fortunate enough to have a southern magnolia tree in your yard like we do you can make beautiful wreaths to decorate your home.
In fact we planted 2 more magnolias just so I could make a magnolia wreath for every room. 🙂
If not find a friend that has a magnolia tree that needs trimming.
When our magnolia needs trimmed or loses it’s leaves I save them rather than sticking them out for recycling.
Supplies & Needed for How to Make a Wreath using Dried or Fresh Magnolia Leaves
• 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)
The Easy Way to Dry Magnolia Leaves
For dried leaves I usually set the branches in a pile in the yard & wait a month or two then I pick out the ones that have the best color & 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.
Instructions for How to Make a Wreath using Magnolia Leaves Step by Step
The process for how to make a wreath is the same whether you are using dried or fresh magnolia leaves.
Step One – Choosing your Wreath Form & Collecting Supplies
When thinking about how to make a wreath, I almost always use a straw wreath form.
Step Two – Adding Floral Wire to Hang your Wreath
When you are thinking about how to make a wreath it’s important to think about how to hang it when your wreath is finished.
The floral wires does double duty, first by helping keep your magnolia leaves in place & later as a strong wire you can use to hang the wreath to the wall.
Wrap your green floral wire twice around the wreath & 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.
Step Three – Lay out Your Magnolia Leaves by Size
Start laying out your leaves & divide them up by size.
Start placing the big ones in the back & small ones in the front.
Step Four – Wrap Your Wire & Glue Around the Magnolia Leaves
Wrap the wire at the base of the stem & glue gun it as well to give it extra support.
Continue wrapping the wire & gluing the stems as you add more leaves until done.
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 & acorns & I am ready to decorate for fall.
How Long will a Magnolia Wreath Last
A fresh Magnolia wreath only lasts a few weeks but the dried magnolia wreath will last years!!!
Perfect if you don’t have time to make a new one every month.
I made one in less than an hour with my kids home 🙂
* Updated 12/2015 – I wanted to share a picture of what my DIY magnolia wreath looks like 1 & 1/2 years later & talk about how it has been holding up!
As you can see the dried magnolia leaves aren’t quite as glossy as they first were when I made the wreath.
I still think our magnolia wreath looks fabulous… especially at Christmastime & will last for many more years!
BTW, You can find the DIY of how to make these cute Cedar houses (HERE)
I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to make a wreath using magnolia leaves!
by Tara Lehman
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