Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DIY Magnolia Wreath

I'm going very simple with my Christmas decorations this year. First thing on my list was adding a wreath to our mantle. While I love the look of Magnolia wreaths, I didn't want to spend much, or wait for one to be delivered, so I decided to try my hand at making one. I promise, I'm the last person to tackle a difficult DIY, so I assure you this was easy.



These are the steps I followed:

1) Collect and wash leaves


2) Using a grape leaf wreath form, layer magnolia leaves in co-centric circles until filled. Since patience is not one of my strong suits, I didn't want to bother with the hassle of preserving the leaves. I threw caution to the wind and added fresh cut leaves to a wreath form.


3) A half dozen glue sticks later, I added ribbon and hung her.


All told, I spent about $10 on this DIY and just for fun, here's a comparison.


And since I know you guys like this sort of thing, here's the full room view.

I'll keep you updated on how long she stays green. I'm hoping that even if the color fades, it will end up looking something like this one from Pottery Barn.

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maria said...

I love the magnolia wreaths and yours looks amazing, definitely beats the expensive one!!

Katie said...

I am loving Magnolia leaves this season too. I grabbed some from my parents house over the weekend and am doing the same thing! love your blog, new follower!

Tommy said...

Very nice!

Julia said...

More beautyful than the expensive one! Love your blog. New follower from germany

Chic Coles said...

WOW! What a great project! Ps. Love your living room :)

laura Casey Interiors said...

Looks fantastic!! hope all is well!

LindsB said...

you are so lucky that you can just go outside and gather some magnolia leaves for free! I looked into getting some from a florist up here in Boston and man those things are expensive!

Allison said...

Your wreath is beautiful! My dad made me one at Christmastime using fresh leaves off of the magnolia trees that he potted for our wedding (they were just in the corners of the reception room as decor) - it has dried out considerably but I still have it hanging, along with the boxwood wreath he made for our front door at Christmas! I think the dried wreaths are so pretty too! Love that your tutorial uses a hot glue gun - my dad taught me how to make wreaths while I was home over Christmas, but he uses one of these http://www.mitchellwreathrings.com/mitchell-metal-stand-p-149-l-en.html which I obviously don't have in my beach apartment :) Great post!

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