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How to make a magnolia wreath – festive home decorating ideas

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A magnolia wreath looks amazingly beautiful, especially if you decorate it with blossoms as the gorgeous robust two-toned leaves and the fragrant flowers add a special charm to the home decoration. Perhaps that is one of the main reasons why magnolia decorations are so popular for weddings. However, these flower crowns are a great way to decorate your home not only for Spring but for Christmas as well.

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How to make a magnolia wreath? There are many tutorials on the internet and depending on your personal preferences you can craft one from leafs, dried flowers, you can even craft blossoms from paper and make a faux magnolia wreath.

How to make a magnolia wreath – delicate and beautiful flower decoration

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Magnolias are very beautiful but the plant requires special climate conditions, and the flowers are very delicate, but not durable. Further to that, they can be expensive to buy and that is why most people prefer leaf rings or faux petals arrangements. When you craft a magnolia wreath with artificial flowers, make sure that they are of the highest quality so that they will look as natural as possible. Obviously the faux ones will last long and can be used bot outdoors and indoors. Depending on the size of the wreath, it can be hung on the front door, above the fireplace or you can craft small pieces to decorate the dining table or windowsill.

How to make a fresh magnolia wreath and preserve the leaves?

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Those who have a magnolia tree in the backyard can gather the leaves and the project will cost almost nothing. When you want to make a magnolia wreath with fresh leaves, it will be a good idea to place them in a container and add a mixture of 1 part glycerin, two parts water. Stir them so that they do not overlap and put a plate or a smaller container so that the leaves are submerged in the mixture. Keep the them in the glycerin mixture for 3-4 days but keep out of direct sunlight. After that pat dry the leaves and you are ready to make your fresh magnolia leaf wreath. Here is a list of the supplies that you will need:

  • The base can be a simple straw, weaved branches, or wire any size you want
  • Florist wire
  • A glue gun
  • Fresh or dried Magnolia leaves

Step 1 – Arrange the leaves

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Gather 5-6 leaves in a bunch and wrap them with florist wire at the stems. Leave enough of the wire loose as you will need it to secure each bunch to the base.

Step 2 – Attach the leaves bunches to the base

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Use the loose wire to secure each bunch to the base. Keep adding bunches close together. Be careful that the leaves are positioned in one and the same direction. Continue until the base is covered. If necessary glue the stems to the base. Add a ribbon or embellishments to personalize your creation. Keep in mind that a fresh magnolia leaf wreath will slowly dry. It will last between 4-6 weeks. Use the same technique if you want to make a magnolia wreath with dry leaves.

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