A DIY wreath for Christmas!! I’ve always loved Southern magnolia – wish it was something we could grow here in Canada. I love the glossy leaves and brown undersides. I’ve used stems in my holiday decor for years, but have never made a wreath. Until today….
This wreath is part DIY and bought pre-made as I bought the pine wreath that serves at the base….You’ll need the following:
24″ fresh wreath
5 or 6 stems of magnolia
You’ve seen this wreath before….it was used for my fall DIY berry wreath and it was the right size. Love when something works out like that.
Start by clipping off some of the magnolia leaves from their woody stems. I found it was easiest to leave about a 1″ piece of stem under the leaf. That way it gave me something to grab with the florist wire.
Start wrapping the leaves with the wire around the grapevine wreath, building layers as you go. Make sure to turn a few of the leaves so that the brown underside shows. That’s the cool part of these leaves, so you may as well show it.
Once you’ve completed the circle, tie off the florist wire at the back to secure it. Then place the magnolia wreath on top of the pine wreath and secure with florist wire in three or four spots by wrapping the wire around both wreaths and twisting together at the back.
You can add a bow if you want. But personally, I think the magnolia leaves are decoration enough. My urns, which sit on either side of my front door, also have magnolia leaves in them and are dressed with a big burlap bow to complement the brown of the leaves. So the simplicity of this wreath is enough.