If you love a wreath with magnolia leaves, prepare for the easiest tutorial on making a magnolia wreath ever. It only takes an hour, and it’s almost free to make.
Do you love having a fresh magnolia wreath for Winter Decorating?
You can make this wreath quickly with fresh leaves and hot glue. It’s almost free if you have an old wreath to use.
If you want to make it last longer, I’m sharing how to preserve the leaves to help your magnolia wreath last longer.
Can you believe this wreath only takes one hour to make?
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Table of contents
- The Secret of How To Make A Magnolia Wreath?
- How To Make a Wreath with Magnolia Leaves Last?
- How To Make A Magnolia Wreath For Christmas
- Finished Wreath With Magnolia Leaves
The Secret of How To Make A Magnolia Wreath?
The easiest way to make a magnolia wreath is to add individual leaves with hot glue to a grapevine wreath. Plus, it doesn’t matter the condition of the grapevine wreath. You can use an old one.
The best part is once the leaves are spent, you can easily remove them from the grapevine wreath and reuse it for your next project.
You can begin by gathering a good supply of fresh leaves. You’ll need lopper tree trimmers to reach the branches if your tree is tall.
How To Make a Wreath with Magnolia Leaves Last?
If you wish to display your wreath with magnolia leaves beyond the holiday season, you will want to preserve them before adding them to the grapevine. This process should be done a day before assembling your wreath.
The easiest method is to paint the leaves with mod podge. This will require some prior preparation.
However, making a wreath with fresh leaves will last several weeks without the mod podge. It just depends on how long you wish to display the wreath. Therefore, preserving the leaves is optional.
I didn’t use mod podge, and I’m still displaying the wreath 11 months later. It has dried to a beautiful silvery sage green and still looks perfect in the farmhouse.
How To Preserve Magnolia Leaves?
If you plan to preserve the leaves, you will want to begin your project at least one day in advance.
- Paint each magnolia leaf, front, and back with mod podge.
- Place on a flat surface to dry
- After a couple of hours, cover front and back with a second coat of mod podge.
- Allow to dry overnight
You can begin assembly of your wreath with magnolia leaves the next day.
How To Make A Magnolia Wreath For Christmas
To begin your wreath, gather your supplies.
- Old or New Grapevine Wreath in desired size
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Magnolia Leaves (either preserved or fresh)
- Wax Paper to protect your table
- Finger Protectors – Hot Glue Finger Caps
I’m a waste not kind of girl, so I always save my old wreaths. If you shop in thrift stores, it’s a great place to pick up an ugly wreath to recycle. Check out these other thrift store shopping tips.
Assemble The Wreath with Magnolia Leaves
Begin by adding hot glue to the stem of a magnolia leaf. Use the largest leaves on the first and second rows if possible.
I recommend using hot glue finger protection for this project.
Beginning on the outside edge of the wreath, push the stem into the grapevine wreath to secure it. Find an area where the vine is loose and fit the stem between the vine.
You’ll notice I switched the wreath just as I began. Both wreaths have been used before, but the first one was too loose to hold the magnolia leaves properly.
Angle the leaves along the side of the grapevine and overlap each leaf as you go.
You can see the hot glue still attached from my last project however, it will be covered entirely once the project is complete.
You can see how the leaves should angle and overlap in the image below.
Continue around the outside edge until the circle is complete.
Once you have completed the first row, you’ll want to repeat the same process on the second row.
Add a Second Row of Leaves
To begin the second row, add the leaves to the top of the grapevine wreath, ensuring you overlap the first row.
The image below illustrates what the two rows should look like. As you can see, it takes several leaves to complete the magnolia wreath.
Next, you will repeat the process again by adding a third row of leaves. At this point, the grapevine is almost covered.
How To Finish The Grapevine Wreath
Finally, you will add some smaller leaves for the fourth row.
You only need to add leaves where the grapevine is exposed or where you may see gaps in any of the first three rows.
The final step is to add a few leaves with the brown side of the leaf exposed. I only added a few reverse leaves. However, you can add as many as you desire.
Examine your wreath for any gaps or loose leaves before hanging.
Finished Wreath With Magnolia Leaves
I love the rich colors of a magnolia leaf wreath for Christmas.
The combination of fresh greenery and the rust-colored backside of the leaves works wonderfully with the neutral colors I used on the eco-friendly tree this year.
- Old or new Grapevine Wreath
- Fresh Magnolia Leaves
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Finger Protectors
- Gather a large supply of fresh magnolia leaves
- If you wish to preserve the leaves, paint with mod podge, front and back, with two coats and allow to dry. This option should be done at least one day in advance of assembly.
- Add hot glue to the stem of each magnolia leaf
- Beginning on the outside edge of the wreath, push the stem into the grapevine wreath
- Locate a gap between the vines and secure the leaf stem in the gap
- Angle the leaves along the side of the grapevine wreath and overlap as you go.
- The next row will be applied the same, overlapping the first row as you go.
- Most wreaths will require 4 rows of magnolia leaves
- Add a few reverse side leaves to add interest.
I decided to use the Magnolia Wreath on a vintage ladder beside my desk.
I hope you can see how easy it is to make this DIY Magnolia Wreath, and will give it a try before the holiday season is over.
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