How to Preserve Magnolia Leaves & DIY Magnolia Wreath

Beachwood Place LLC
by Beachwood Place LLC

I have been preserving my magnolia leaves for about a week now. It's super easy!

All you need is:

  • Magnolia leaves/branches
  • Glycerin Water
  • Containers
  • Hammer

In a bowl or container, add 1 part glycerin, two parts water. Stir the mixture, then place leaves in the mixture making sure not to overlap. You will need to lay another container or plate on top of the leaves to keep then submerged into the mixture. Leave for about 3-4 days, then pat dry with paper towels. You can use the same technique for preserving your branches with the leaves still on them.Cut the ends of the branches, then lightly hammer each end of the stem to reveal the veins. Arrange the branches in the glycerin solution for about a month. Make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight.

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  • Mary Mary on Aug 29, 2020

    Where can I find glycerin water?

  • Deb Deb on Dec 17, 2020

    after 3-4 days of soaking leaves, can I re-use glyercin bath for another set fo leaves?

  • Deb Deb on Dec 24, 2020

    I think someone else asked this same question, but I didn't see an answer. I soaked leaves in bath, after 3-4 days some of the leaves have developed some brown spots on them. Did I do something wrong. Others in the same bath were fine!

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  • Lisa Stinson Lisa Stinson on Apr 22, 2020

    I cut just the leaves not the whole stem off so do I still have to pound ends with a hammer

    • Beachwood Place LLC Beachwood Place LLC on Apr 23, 2020

      I’m not completely sure as I’ve never done it that way! I’m sure you don’t have to though since you’ve cut them off!

  • Gig69451122 Gig69451122 on May 24, 2024

    Love this! Does anyone know how to preserve, magnolia flowers?