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!

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