Magnolia Wreaths

21 12 2009

Image from Better Homes and Gardens

My neighbors have this humongous, never-seen-one-that big magnolia tree in their yard. Ever since we moved in, I’ve been envious of it. But since they’re renovating and not living there at the moment, I don’t think they’ll mind if I pick up a few of the (only fallen, I promise) leaves and make a beautiful magnolia wreath for this Christmas season. Would you like to make one along with me? These are so beautiful, they can last right on through Christmas, and into the New Year and the rest of the winter season.

You’ll need some floral wire (a medium thick-ness), a grape-vine style or a foam wreath (whatever size you like… obviously the more leaves you have available, the larger you can go), a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and, of course, magnolia leaves. If you don’t have a neighbor, or a tree of your own, you can often find boxes of these leaves online on sites such as Ebay. You can also put small fruits, if you want to jazz it up a bit — nuts, apples, kumquats, pomegranates. You could also add a bright red (or blue, or purple or white, whatever color you fancy) ribbon to hold it, or just for decoration.

If you choose the grape-vine style wreath, you’ll want to wire clusters of leaves together, and the wire to the wreath. If you prefer foam, simply stick each leaf into the foam in a pleasing direction. Either way, just make sure you place all the leaves going the same direction so they’ll overlap and lay neatly.

You can secure your extra accoutrements with hot glue, or leave it simple. Now just hang and enjoy!

Is there anything more Southern?

(P.S. – Or you can just cheat, and buy one!)

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