Over the years my style has been evolving. I feel like I am truly beginning to narrow down my taste and find my decorating niche. With that being said, I'm always on the lookout for projects or items to decorate my home with that not only make it cozy and beautiful, but that embrace my decorative taste. As a family of three, with husband working a full-time job, me staying at home with our girl, and the added costs of a child, our budget has drastically changed in the last handful of months. That means I have to get creative around the home when it comes to accent pieces. And y'all while it might not always be my first choice to craft up a decorative accent, it can be done, and it can look incredible!
My latest project was making a magnolia wreath. Because this mama doesn't have $100 hanging around to buy a pre-made one. Lucky for me, my grandmother has a large magnolia tree, and with permission I snipped a couple of lower branches and left them in my garage for 2 weeks to dry out. I didn't do anything special with the leaves, just laid them on a table in the dark garage.
Once I was ready to craft, I gently pulled the magnolia leaves from the branches. You do have to be delicate with them because they have hardened and become brittle at this point. It doesn't take much to touch a leaf wrong and snap off the end.
I bought a grapevine wreath from Michaels with a 50% off coupon, costing me less than $3 total. That's a win! Using green floral wire (you can also get this at Michaels) that I already had, I put my wreath together, leaf by leaf.
- What You'll Need
- Dried magnolia leaves
- Grapevine wreath
- Green floral wire
- What You'll Do
- Let the leaves dry out on the branches for 2 weeks.
- Gently remove the leaves from the branches.
- Wrap one end of a 3 inch section of floral wire around the stem of the leaf. Find a spot on the wreath, and thread the other end of the wire through, securing it in place. Repeat this step until all the leaves have been added and the wreath is full.
- Make sure to layer the leaves on top of each other, all going in the same direction.
Now I've got a beautiful magnolia wreath hanging above my bed. It cost me next to nothing, and it has added a nice pop of color and a bit of southern flair to my bedroom décor.