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Fresh Handmade Holiday Magnolia Wreath

October 22, 2020

Welcome Friends! It is officially time to kick off the Holiday season with handmade goodness😊. Today I am happily sharing photos, a supply list and a written tutorial on how to make a fresh handmade Holiday Magnolia Wreath. Fourteen other Makers (all links are below) are part of this crafty goodness as we bring you our best Holiday ideas for our annual Creative Holiday Craft Hop! A great big thank you goes out to Chloe From Decorate and Celebrate and to Andrea from Design Morsels for organizing this special event.



We have been living in Florida for about 6 months now (that went by fast!) and I have come to enjoy the abundance of Magnolia Trees growing wild in our neighborhood. Being a homestyle crafter it seems logical that I make use of these glorious waxy leaves. 


If you happened to catch Making It Season One, I was the Grandmother who enjoyed transforming ordinary finds into extraordinary household décor!💗 So you gotta know picking magnolia leaves and turning them into a wreath is right up my alley!

These magnolia trees are are quite massive and loaded with glossy green and brown leaves and fragrant blossoms. Fresh magnolia leaves make for a simple, thrifty and beautiful Fresh handmade Wreath. 

I love wreaths and they are not just for front doors! 😉

I also enjoy placing them all around the house; hanging them on mirrors, walls, hutches, cabinets, open shelving and even on the back of chairs.


SUPPLY LIST TO MAKE A  FRESH HANDMADE MAGNOLIA WREATH

1. 80-100 fresh magnolia leaves assorted sizes.

2. Scissors.

3. 10 inch grapevine wreath. (Finished wreath size will be about 14 - 16 inches)

4. Painted acorns.

5. Miniature pinecones.

6. Fresh pine boughs.

7. Assorted wild berries, greens, nuts and magnolia pods.

8. Hot glue gun and glue sticks.

9. Florist wire cutters.





HOW TO MAKE A FRESH HANDMADE HOLIDAY MAGNOLIA WREATH

1. Strip  80- 100 Magnolia Leaves from their branches. Just take a plastic grocery bag with you on a walk and load up, it really doesn't take much time at all.

2.Bring them all home and put them into piles of small, medium and large. (I suggest assembling this wreath in a garage, patio or basement. It does get a little messy.)

3. Using a hot glue gun apply a dab of glue onto the stem of the magnolia leaf and insert the stem into the the grapevine wreath.

4. Alternate large, medium and small magnolia leaves and also alternate shiny side, and bronze side of leaf to create interest and dimension.

5. Once all of the leaves have been attached add evergreen boughs and various berries, pinecones, nuts, and acorns.


TIP: This fresh magnolia wreath will last for just about 3-4 weeks, depending on your climate and if you choose to hang it indoors or outdoors. If you would like your handmade leaf wreaths to last up to 6 months you can follow this link to read up on how to use a glycerin solution for preserving them.






Thank you so very much for joining all of us today!



I had a great time and I hope that you did too!
Up next week is a Jemma Tale about a glorious trip to a sunflower farm, I sure hope you will join me!



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  1. Jemma, your magnolia wreath is beautiful. I've always wanted to make one, but have never lived in a place where they are grown.
    Thanks for the tutorial on how to make and preserve them
    RR

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  2. Jemma, your magnolia wreath is beautiful. I've always wanted to make one, but have never lived in a place where they are grown.
    Thanks for the tutorial on how to make and preserve them
    RR

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  3. Jemma your magnolia wreath is stunning! For years I’ve admired ones seen in Southern Living magazine and all around Charleston where my sister and mom lives. In Pittsburgh I’d have to purchase the leaves from a florist. But, you’ve inspired me to make one with my mom next time I visit Charleston for Thanksgiving. So nice to meet you via the hop!

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  4. Jemma, Your magnolia wreath is not only economical but beautiful too! We have a large magnolia tree in our yard that is forever dropping leaves. Thanks for the inspiration and I'm happy to be hopping with you again! ♥

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  5. Jemma this is just beautiful and I hope you get inspired to make additional crafts using natural elements, they agree with you sweet friend. Down here the magnolia's are beginning to drop and turn brown which is neat because they curl. We also have a lot of oak and pine here so I could have some serious fun. It's been a long time since I made a wreath and this beauty has encouraged me to get crafty. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it....
    Hugs -Carole

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  6. This is just beautiful, Jemma! Goodness this would be a fortune if you ordered it online. I'll be poking through people's trimmings on next month's bulk trash pickup to find some magnolia leaves :) xoxo!!

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  7. Your wreath is fabulous, Jemma! I love that you used natural leaves which is quite unusual these days!

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  8. It is beautiful Jemma! Living in the South, we love our magnolia trees and the leaves are so beautiful in decor! I love the berries and pops of color you added, so lovely and perfect for your Florida home!
    Jenna

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  9. You made such a pretty wreath to hang on your door. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it.

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  10. oh Joyce this is amazing. We have magnolia trees all over where I live and not once did I think about making a wreath with the leaves. I have a faux one. Crazy I know. You gave me the inspiration to make something with the real leaves. Thanks girl!

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  11. I adore your wreath Jemma! Can't wait to read about the sunflower farm. I just finished reading the 'Making It' book and thoroughly enjoyed it. How exciting that you were on Season 1. Unfortunately we missed the program here when it aired here in Canada; I hope it comes back in repeats.

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  12. Good morning dearest Jemma! These are marvelous leaves to harvest and use in this way. A wreath is so symbolic of these cycles of seasons but also stands, for me, a lifesaver, a promise of life continuing....whatever the season, whatever the materials, a wreath is a treasure to create and admire. Yours is lovely!!!!

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  13. What a pretty wreath and a great tip for how to preserve it. You read my mind. I love the natural look to it. Thanks for joining in the hop!

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  14. What a wonderful wreath, and this is so very cute friend, love it! Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

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  15. Loving that wreath. Thrifty too and that's my kind of way. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. I think this might be one of your very prettiest, Jemma. It's just lovely and simple -- very elegant!

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  17. A beautiful wreath and love Magnolia leaves.

    I have my Christmas craft assembly line beginning today for crafts.

    Cindy

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  18. So beautiful Jemma! I wish we could grow that kind of magnolia! Love their leathery leaves. You’ve combined them nicely with the pine branches!

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  19. Jemma, the first tree we planted when we built our home was a magnolia. It is now almost forty two years old. I love using the leaves in the spring and at Christmas. I have always wanted to make a magnolia wreath and now you have written this wonderful tutorial. Your wreath is gorgeous and thank you my friend for sharing your talents and creativity!

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  20. Oh Jemma, this wreath is gorgeous! I sure wish we had Magnolia trees in Connecticut. I love all of the natural elements you added. It was fun hopping with you!

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  21. Jemma, I love fresh wreaths, and magnolia is so beautiful. That is definitely one plant I miss from our former home! it was so easy to go out and pick a few stems to make any vignette, table or door come alive.

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  22. Jemma, I love your lovely magnolia wreath. The leaves are so beautiful. I have often thought about having a magnolia tree. Great tutorial. Happy weekend my sweet friend. Xoxo

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  23. Jemma, your wreath is gorgeous. I have a few neighbors with magnolia trees so I help keep their yards clean by picking the fallen leaves off the grass. I love how you added the pretty acorns and other embellishments. Beautiful!! Pinned.

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  24. I am so partial to magnolia wreaths and yours is lovely! We have always regretted that we never planted a magnolia tree and have never had one in our yard. A note to young homeowners: plant a magnolia tree!

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  25. Jemma, Your wreath is beautiful and what a great tutorial.
    I am so glad you are enjoying your new location. You certainly are blooming where you are planted.

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  26. Love the magnolia wreath. I wish we had wild magnolias in our part of Florida but unfortunately the only one I've seen is in a newly planted one in a neighbor's yard. 80 or 100 leaves would strip the tree bare so I'll just admire yours. 😘

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  27. How many of these can you make in an hour or two?

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