DIY Fresh Magnolia Wreath
‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, chilly weather, Christmas tree lots, the scent of pine, watching my favorite holiday movies (The Holiday, Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story are my favorites), listening to my Christmas jazz on repeat, and beautiful door wreaths like the DIY magnolia wreath I recently made! It turned out so beautiful, I decided to blog about it and share the idea with you.
I must admit, once Halloween is over I’m in full Christmas mode and a beautiful holiday wreath goes up on our door to welcome visitors and greet our neighbors. A well-appointed door is a must in my home so when I came across a photo of a magnolia wreath on Pinterest, I freaked! It was so classically beautiful and I think most would agree that nothing beats a real wreath.
I love simple, classic decor and knew the shiny magnolia leaves wouldn’t need much more that a pretty bow. Luckily, my friend, Alli, who’s equally as obsessed with home decor as I am, came over and we created our stunning magnolia wreaths together over wine. It was a fun evening with us ladies in the dinning room making our wreaths while our men watched a basketball game in the living room.
This holiday wreath is a nice change to the traditional pine wreaths that we often see this time of year. After about 45 min or so, I ended up with the beautiful magnolia wreath you see in these photos that even Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch would love.
I was impatient and didn’t want to wait for an Amazon delivery so I ended up purchasing my foam wreath and ribbon at my local fabric/craft store. However, I did add links below for you to order them on Amazon.com if you wish. Once I got home, I grabbed a paper bag, my scissors, and went for a neighbor stroll to find the perfectly sized magnolia leaves. My Los Angeles neighborhood is filled with magnolia trees so I knew I wouldn’t have trouble gathering all the leaves that Alli and I needed.
What You Need
Scissors (to easily snip the magnolia leaves off the tree)
Ribbon of your choice (I added some pretty options below)
What To Do
Wash the leaves in cold water if needed and dry with a paper towel.
Lay the wreath on a flat surface and begin inserting the individual magnolia leaves right into the foam perpendicularly so they lay as flat as possible on the wreath. Work your way around the foam. I used the big leaves first and then used the smaller ones to fill in any areas where you could see the foam.
I used a hot glue gun to tack back a few of the leaves that moved once I went to hang the wreath on my door, but if your leaves lay right, you wont need to use glue at all.
Cut the ribbon to your desired length and use a flat tack to hang the wreath to the top of your wooden door. Make sure the tack if flat so your door will close : )
That’s it! Super easy isn’t? Just a little side note, if your front door gets sunlight all day, it would be wise to hang your wreath elsewhere. I learned this the hard way and unfortunately, my beautiful wreath turned yellow within a day. The next time I make I’ll be hanging it on my mantle or somewhere in my home.
Happiest Holidays and happy wreath making!