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The Secret To Making An Easy Magnolia Wreath With Fresh Leaves

If you love a wreath with magnolia leaves, get ready for the easiest tutorial on how to make 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?

The Secret To making an Easy Magnolia Wreath with fresh leaves.

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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.

Fresh cut magnolia leaves

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.

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.

Paint leaves with mod podge to preserve.

How To Make A Magnolia Wreath For Christmas

To begin your wreath, gather your supplies.

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.

Supplies to make magnolia wreath for Christmas Decor.

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.

Add hot glue to magnolia leaves to attach to grapevine wreath.

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.

Add leaves to grapevine wreath with hot glue

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.

Add leaves to grapevine wreath

You can see how the leaves should angle and overlap in the image below.

How to Make A DIY Christmas Wreath with Magnolia Leaves.

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.

DIY Christmas Wreath made with fresh magnolia leaves for Farmhouse Style Christmas Decor.

Add 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.

How to Make a Magnolia Wreath with fresh leaves for Christmas.  DIY Holiday Wreath Ideas.

Third Row

Next, you will repeat the process again by adding a third row of leaves. At this point, the grapevine is almost covered.

How to Make a Magnolia Wreath with fresh leaves for Christmas

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.

Reverse some leaves to create a wreath with magnolia leaves

Finished Wreath With Magnolia Leaves

I love the rich colors of a magnolia leaf wreath for Christmas.

The secret to making a wreath with magnolia leaves for Christmas.  Farmhouse Style Christmas Wreath

The combination of fresh greenery and the rust color backside of the leaves works wonderfully with the neutral colors I used on the eco-friendly tree this year.

If you like fresh greenery, check out How to Use Greenery for Christmas and these boxwood topiaries.

The secret to making a wreath with magnolia leaves for Christmas.  Farmhouse Style Christmas Wreath
Yield: One Wreath

The Secret To Making An Easy Magnolia Wreath with Fresh Leaves

The Secret To Making An Easy Magnolia Wreath with Fresh Leaves

Easy Wreath with magnolia leaves that can be made in one hour and is almost free. Recycle an old grapevine wreath, and you'll never know it's recycled.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Old or new Grapevine Wreath
  • Fresh Magnolia Leaves
  • Mod Podge (optional)

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Finger Protectors

Instructions

  1. Gather a large supply of fresh magnolia leaves
  2. 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.
  3. Add hot glue to the stem of each magnolia leaf
  4. Beginning on the outside edge of the wreath, push the stem into the grapevine wreath
  5. Locate a gap between the vines and secure the leaf stem in the gap
  6. Angle the leaves along the side of the grapevine wreath and overlap as you go.
  7. The next row will be applied the same, overlapping the first row as you go.
  8. Most wreaths will require 4 rows of magnolia leaves
  9. Add a few reverse side leaves to add interest.

Did you make this project?

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I decided to use the Magnolia Wreath on a vintage ladder beside my desk.

How to Make A Magnolia Wreath using fresh magnolia leaves for Christmas

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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CoCo

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Just pinned and I'm excited to try this, Rachel! My parents have a huge magnolia tree in their front yard. I love the way this came together and honestly, magnolias are such a classic it would be super easy to use this wreath year-round too. Can't wait to share this on Friday! Big hugs, CoCo

Rachel

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

CoCo, Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comments.

stacy

Monday 26th of December 2022

Love the wreath! I'm hoping to make one from our magnolia in a few years!

Rachel

Monday 26th of December 2022

Stacy, It was so easy.

Wendy McMonigle

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

I love this beautiful wreath Rachel. Fresh magnolia is one of my favorites. Merry Christmas.

Rachel

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

Wendy, Thanks so much.

Pati Justin

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

It is so pretty!

Rachel

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

Pati I really appreciate this.

Gail Fickle

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Love the wreath! Wish I’d known it was that easy before, I’m trying this. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Rachel

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

Gail, I know it was a last minute idea but will look lovely for winter decorating as well.

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