Monday, November 24, 2014

Magnolia Wreath Tutorial

Living in Texas
we enjoy gorgeous Southern Magnolia trees
and especially at Christmas time.

This beauty stands in our front yard and is nearly 40 feet tall.

I love to decorate with the trimmings
and here is an example for creating a
Magnolia Leaf Wreath.


To begin, I lay out all the branches
and gather the size of leaves I'll need for the wreath.

I use a simple green Styrofoam round  wreath
from the Dollar Store.
This one is about 14" round.

Next, I begin to cut the leaves and stems
and hot glue them on the wreath.

Going in one direction, I hot glue the leaves
to the top, front of the wreath
 and around the sides and inside area.

Moving the leaves up and down for interest and a natural flow.

Once completely covered, it looks something like this.
The bottom leaves are placed in a cluster of three, 
where I plan to place a simple silk ribbon.

This is the backside.
No need to glue leaves to the back.
Just place enough around so you do not see the Styrofoam wreath.
The hot glue works great with
these strong thick leaves.

Once complete and the ribbon in place,
I hang it over a picture in our family/library room
using an over the door hanging hook.

While the wreath is fresh, it will last several weeks. 

To design garlands I simply wire branches
together in the size needed for
topping a hutch like the ones I share below
from years past.

In our dining room,
I add single leaf stems to evergreen for another garland.
I add tiny little lights tucked in the garland.

So there you have it.
Decorating with Magnolia branches and leaves for Christmas.
Easy, fun and free
 using hot glue and ribbon 
already in my stash.
The Styrofoam  wreath was one dollar from 
the Dollar Tree.

Thank you for stopping by.
Blessings to you and yours!
Celestina Marie


Valerie-Jael said...

The wreath is wonderful, and your house looks so beautiful! Your magnolia tree is huge! Hugs, Valerie

Brandi said...

Your wreath is so pretty! Love the bow too. You're so lucky to have such a beautiful tree in your yard. We have a small one in the far end of our yard, but it's really hard to get to. I usually grab leaves from my neighbors yard, with permission of course!!! ;) LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, Your magnolia wreath and garland are so pretty! You are just so good at knowing exactly what needs to be don and you make it so pretty! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Monday, Celeste. Oh, your post brings back sweet memories. My late parents had two huge magnolia trees in their yard and we always enjoyed decorating with the shiny, green leaves at Christmas. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving week.

Julie Marie said...

Good morning Celeste... I love your magnolia tree in your yard and your wreath is so pretty!... I also really love your garlands... Christmas in Texas looks beautiful!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

Celeste, what a pleasure to see your post in my Inbox! Your home looks lovely! I appreciate the Mongolia wreath tutorial- I want to make some of these. I have two huge Magnolia trees that are calling my name. My Mother always used Magnolia leaves in her Christmas decor- sweet memories! You have such beautiful Christmas decorations! Sending many Thanksgiving blessing your way! !

Dorthe said...

How very beautiful, dear Celestina Marie,
Magnolia is a wonderful material, used for wreaths ,and your creation is so lovely, and adding it to other greenery like you did with lights, too- creates a gorgeous christmas decoration.
Hugs Dorthe.
Sorry I have been a little away, we had a big wonderful fleamarket, here yesterday, and it took quite some time planning.

Betty said...

I wished I had one of those trees our yard, but my cousin does and they are so pretty. Your wreath is pretty and thanks for sharing how to make it.

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
thank you for this wonderful tutorial! You made it so well , even I can understand it ( making wreaths is not my favorite kind of work ...LOL... )
It looks wonderful with the tiny lights in the garland!
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed week, dear friend!
With lots of Love and hugs,
Claudia xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow what a gorgeous Magnolia tree. Love the wreath. Your home is looking so pretty. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving.

TexWisGirl said...

really pretty! a nice display with their pretty leaves!

Okio B Designs said...

Beautifully done!


Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your magnolia is magnificent - those leaves are huge! I would love a magnolia leaf garland but that kind of magnolia doesn't grow up here.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your magnolia leave wreathe turned out wonderful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I love this so much!!!!! Now I have a fake one painted gold and I have it over my stove looks rather nice there! My friend, I wish you a perfect holiday! Anita

Alessandra said...

You amaze me with your fresh wreath! I love your garlands and all of the decors you made in your cozy home.

Cynthia said...

I'm a fan of magnolia leaves. I always admire those who can have them to decorate with for the holidays. Very pretty as always


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Just beautiful...and what a magnificent Magnolia tree to which to make those gorgeous wreaths and garlands....Happy Thanksgiving!

farmhouse-story said...

i just love the look of the magnolia leaves, celeste! and the garland is simply gorgeous!

Donna said...

What a beautiful wreath and gorgeous garland! Magnolia leaves are so pretty, and the great thing is, you can use all winter long! What great ideas, I bet your home will be so beautiful this holiday season:)

Red Rose Alley said...

I love the magnolia tree, and I really want to plant one at my new home. It must look so nice right in your front yard. What a pretty wreath this is, simple and lovely.

I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, Celestina. I'm so thankful for your sweet friendship.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thank you so much for the DIY on the Magnolia Wreath. It is really very pretty. I have a large tree in the parkway of my home - so have lots of leaves.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it....My magnolia tree does not know it, but it is going to lose a few leaves! I love it as a garland too with the twinkly lights....Yep, it's starting to look the holidays at your home!


cynthia lee designs said...

Love the wreath and pretty!! I want to start decorating for Christmas, but my show starts on not sure if it will happen before that.

Deborah Montgomery said...

How beautiful! I love decorating with natural elements. The magnolia leaves are so pretty and glossy. They're quite sturdy too, I think? Your simple wreath is elegant and lovely.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and hugs to you, Deborah

Stacey said...

Beautiful! How lucky you are to have such a glorious tree! I love your wreath.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, that is such a pretty wreath. Beautiful tree and you are lucky to have it close at hand. I always admire wreaths made from magnolia leaves. So pretty and shiny. The elementary school where we used to work has a big magnolia tree and it sometimes breaks limbs during bad weather. Next time I see one down I'm going to grab it..Happy Thanksgiving..Judy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello there my friend! I saw this post yesterday off my table, but there's nothing like coming back on my laptop where I can view the details! Enjoy your festivities and thank you so much for your comments. BIG HUGS! Anita

Old Time Cindy said...

What a fabulous tree! Nothing like making something beautiful from nature for your home. Very pretty!
Farmhouse hugs,

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

How beautiful your garland and wreath are - love the beautiful green glossy leaves. Your Magnolia tree is just magnificent and such a lovely big tree in your garden.
I have two small magnolia trees and hope that they might grow big one day.
Wishing you and your dear family a very happy thanksgiving and sorry I have taken so long to come over to visit.
Have a lovely week
Blessings, love and hugs

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely wreath. Your home is so gorgeous! Looking at your photos is like flipping through a home decorating magazine. Everything looks just "perfect". I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Oh Celeste, your magnolia creations are so gorgeous. I've been wanting to add them to our home for years now.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and your loved ones, my friends. Thank you for stopping by.

Aims Pyrex Passion said...

You always have the most lovely crafts. Such a talented lady.

Jillayne said...

This has "southern charm" written all over it!
Seriously though, you make it look so simple Celestina - and so very beautiful. We can grow Magnolia trees here but I have never seen one 40 feet tall - it must be a wonderful sight!
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent...
Warm hugs,

miss b said...

What a stunning tree! Your wreath looks so pretty and your step by step tutorial was so clear and helpful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thank you for all your lovely comments. I appreciate so much your visits!

Ivy and Elephants said...

The wreath and swag are just perfect, I love the smell of magnolias. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

CoziNest Antiques & Decor said...

I love the magnolia leaf wreath! I will have to try this to hang over our mantle mirror. As a huge "Steel Magnolia's" fan, I would love adding this as part of a southern Christmas wreath.Thanks so much for sharing!

Createology said...

I adore your decor and Magnolia leaves are so beautiful with their two sided layers of color and textures. Creative Bliss...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh, Celeste, this is beautiful! I am so looking forward to living, someday, where magnolias grow. They're one of my favorite trees.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh, how I miss our 40 ft Magnolia tree from our previous house. I may have to sneak around some night and "borrow" some leaves from someone else's tree, because I love the wreath and the other ways you've used the leaves. laurie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..