Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Creating a Fresh Magnolia Wreath

Living in Texas
we enjoy gorgeous Southern Magnolia trees
and right now they are blooming beautifully.

This gorgeous Southern Magnolia 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 Wreath using fresh leaves.


To begin, I take a trimming of branches from the tree,
then I lay out all the gatherings
by sizes for easy reach.

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 all 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.
You can design your wreath with or without that area.

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.

You can also add a string of jute or wire wrapped around the ring 
before adding the leaves, creating a hook of sorts if you want to
display and hang from a nail.

The fresh wreath will last a couple weeks. 
As it dries the color will fade and sometime
I brush on an acrylic paint in dark green to brighten.
It looks pretty dried too but will become brittle,
so care in handling has to be used when moving etc.


So there you have it.
Designing a fresh magnolia wreath.
Easy, fun and free
 using hot glue,ribbon and 
a Styrofoam  wreath from the Dollar store!

Thank you for stopping by.
Happy Mid May!

See you soon!


R's Rue said...


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial and inspiration. I don't have a magnolia, but lots of my NE Texas neighbors do so I'll be "helping" them trim their trees!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

So pretty!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

We were in South Carolina this past weekend and the Magnolia's were blooming! They are beautiful!

Sue Kosec said...

Soooooooooooooooooo sweet. I keep saying "I'm going to do this!" ... just never seems to happen. Kudos to you for making it happen.


Anonymous said...

Oh Celeste, I saw this on my reader and instantly clicked over. I've been wanting to make one of these forever. We don't see too many magnolias in So Florida. It's beautiful, my friend.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow that is so pretty. We don't grow magnolias with leaves that large up here! Wish we did though 🙂

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic wreath, so elegant, and what a beautiful tree that is! Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

Rue said...

It's beautiful! I miss the magnolia tree from my yard in Virginia. It's was lovely :)

Your tribute to your mother was so deeply moving, my friend. I can tell how much you miss her.

Many hugs,

Linda M. said...

Celeste, It's beautiful. I love how the dark green leaves look. Enjoy your day.

Michelle said...

I am a big fan of Magnolia trees and I love your wreath.

Stacey said...

That's gorgeous!! The tree and the wreath and gems. :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love your wreath! Those magnolia trees are beautiful for sure. What a sweet wreath! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Alessandra said...

That is so pretty! Your wreath is very fresh and cute. Very well done again, dear friend
Hugs Alessandra

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love your wreath. I have a big Magnolia tree in the parkway, in fact it is the biggest one on our street. I love it and it reminds me of Virginia.

Thanks so much for the directions on how to make this lovely wreath.

Have a great week.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very pretty! To buy magnolia leaves here is so expensive. Even the faux leaves are expensive. I love the look though. I never knew it was so easy to make!

Donna said...

What a pretty wreath you've created, Celestina! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! I also love the flower pods, knowing how creative you, are, I bet you find plenty of ways to use them, as well:)

craftyles said...

What a great tutorial, Celeste. I've never made a wreath from live plants. It turned out so pretty. You are so lucky to have a pretty magnolia tree!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This is so pretty! How wonderful to have the Magnolia tree in your front yard. I have an English Laurel with similar leaves - I am going to try this! Thank you for the great tutorial, dear Celestina! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring. Hugs xo Karen

Conniecrafter said...

That is beautiful and since you have trimmings you might as well use them, and for only a dollar you can't beat that, neat idea to put it over the frame. How wonderful to have such a large tree in your own yard!

krishna said...

oh dear! what a beautiful wreath..

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, my dear friend, this is a wonderful idea and the wreath look s beautiful! Wonderful shiny leaves!
Wishing you a great week, sending Love and hugs and blessings, and i hope, you are well!
Claudia xo

Crissi said...

Very lovely - thanks for the tip!
Sunny day
Hug Crissi

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your magnolia wreath looks so pretty, Celeste! It's making me wish I had my very own magnolia tree. Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us. Hope you and your sweetie are having a wonderful Spring! Love and hugs are sent to you.

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Pretty Tree, Pretty Wreath, Pretty Lady!

Dorthe said...

Thank you Celestina, it looks so lovely, and in fact I do have a bush in my garden with leaves looking a bit like these- also fat and shiny, as it was here when we came, I don`t know exactly what it is, but not magnolia, I`m sure - I will have to create a wreath , like yours :-) , so thank you for the tutorial, dear. xoxo

Kim said...

Absolutely beautiful, Celestina. I do not live in an area where there are Magnolia trees, but oh, how I wish I did. These wreaths are are my favorite and they are super expensive.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

That is such a pretty wreath you made Celestina. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make one.
Hope you have a nice weekend.
Julie xo

Eilis said...

Putting this on my must-do list. Your wreath is beautiful.

Homemaker'sThoughts.blogspot.com said...

Your wreath is beautiful, Celestina! Thank you for sharing your ideas. : ) I always look forward to seeing what you're doing. Have a great upcoming weekend!
Mary S.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What a great way to take the beauty of that gorgeous tree inside where you can enjoy it! I love the easy way of making the wreath that you shared. I am wondering if I can do it with pine branches? No magnolias up here! Oh how I would LOVE to have one though! The smell of the blossoms is so amazing. Our lilacs are getting ready to bloom here, and I am excited about that. Thank you for this source of inspiration tonight, hugs to you!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh how I love a pretty Magnolia and this wreath is really sweet. Thanks for sharing Celeste. Have a great weekend.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I remember this magnolia wreath, Celestina. I really liked it. And it looks so easy to make. The magnolia flower has such a lovely scent, and the leaves are a sturdy green. That's clever to paint the leaves when they start to wither and fade. I'm enjoying some of your old posts, and so glad you decided to stay in blog land with us. : )

love, ~Sheri

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

This is lovely. How special to have a Magnolia tree. The leaves are beautiful as a wreath and they make stunning floral arrangements. Have a happy week. xo

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I agree that one of the many of blessings Southern Living are our Magnolia Trees. Your wreath turned out so lovely and what a fabulous thought on painting the leaves to extend the life of the wreath as it begins to fade. Lovely my dear!

Createology said...

Thank you dear for sharing how you create your beautiiful Magnolia Wreath. Your tree is amazing and beautiful. Playing catch up here so I am late in commenting. Creative Magnolia Bliss...<3

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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..