How to Make a Fall Centerpiece With Magnolia Leaves

How to make a Fall Centerpiece with Magnolia leaves, easy enough for anyone, and ready to make a grand impression for your guests!

Magnolia leaves are a staple of Fall decorating in the South. I love being able to use them from the yard for decorating.

began by gathering a number of magnolia leaves, some brown from the ground and some green off of the trees. I painted the brown ones with metallic gold paint. I then cut the curled end of the stem so it was straight and easy to push into the foam.

I wedged two piece of dry floral foam into a neutral colored container. I alternated gold and green leaves and just began at the top edge of the container and worked my way up adding more and more leaves. Normally I would cover the the foam with moss to hide it, but I wanted a clean surface to be able to stick the magnolia leaves and feathers into.

Every once in a bit I would stick one leaf in upside down so that the fuzzy brown underside would show.

You can see how the stiff leaves stick into the floral foam easily. Just keep working your way up to the top.

When the leaves were all in and the arrangement looked full I added these cute little artificial gourds I picked up on sale at JoAnns. I simply stuck a stiff wire into eack one, and then tucked it betweent the leaves.

Next thing I did was just add feathers wherever I wanted. I used tall pheasant feathers for height out the top, and used some smaller duck feathers tucked into the lower section of the arrangement. The feathers filled any holes where the floral foam still showed.

When my guests arrive, I moved my impressive arrangement to a side table where it is admired by me and by my guests!

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Chloe Crabtree
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  • Gigi Coyne Gigi Coyne on Apr 04, 2018

    Do you wash or debug before using magnolia leaves and how

  • Gigi Coyne Gigi Coyne on Apr 04, 2018

    Do you wash or debug before using magnolia leaves and how

  • Kelly Kelly on Aug 25, 2019

    How long do the leaves last? Do the ones you spray paint last a long time?

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