DIY Fresh Magnolia Wreath

2 Materials
30 Minutes

Create a beautiful magnolia wreath with a grapevine wreath, magnolia leaves, and some hot glue!

Magnolia leaves are notorious for their bright green color, even in the seemingly dismal months of winter. So it's no wonder they are a top pick for any wreath maker, especially around the holidays. The big glossy leaves are easy to work with and even the under side of the leaves is a beautiful velvety brown that is equally stunning. Magnolia leaves are also typically free from pests (and pest damage), so they're consistent and healthy. And since magnolia trees can grow to be enormously tall, if you have one in your yard (or in a friend's yard) then you have a plethora of leaves to work with!

Let's get down to the supplies you'll need to create your own magnolia wreath. As with all projects, try to use what you have. For example, if you don't have a grapevine wreath, but you have a different type, try that and see how it works! Now, onto the supplies.

1 Grapevine wreath (any size you choose, but larger magnolia leaves look better on a larger wreath)

Magnolia leaves (snagged from a nearby tree or purchased)

Hot Glue Gun (low temp)

Hot Glue sticks

Ribbon (optional)

  1. Gather supplies and set them out on a clean work surface.
  2. Begin placing the leaves starting in the middle of the right side. Wedge the stem of the magnolia leaf into the grapevines, then glue the top of the leaf down. Place leaves in groups of 2 or 3, depending on the size of your leaves. Then layer the next group of leaves over the stems of the first group. Repeat.

3.As your wreath begins to take form, don’t worry about any of the hot glue “strings” that you see. These can be pulled away later. Once your leaves have gone all the way around the grapevine wreath, go back and see if there are any gaps. If so, place some hot glue on a magnolia stem and slide it into place, securing the top of the leaf with more glue.

4.Once your wreath is complete, use a pipe cleaner or florist wire on the back to create a loop for hanging. Use a nail in your door or a wreath hanger to show your DIY Magnolia wreath off for all to see! Optional: You can also add a bright red or red plaid bow to contrast with the glossy green leaves. This will certainly bring up the level of holiday spirit on your front door!

And that's it! For the full tutorial and tips for storage and care, check out my full post link below!

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1 question
  • Fifi Gifford
    on Dec 30, 2019

    How long do the leaves look good for?

    • Hi Fifi! If kept indoors, the leaves will maintain their green longer. I used ours outside, so they are browning, but are still attractive, and it's been about 5 weeks. Hope this helps!

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