DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland

 
diy magnolia leaf garland project

Our family spent yesterday playing “Would You Rather?”

Have you heard of it?

It’s a game (ours was an app on the phone) that asks you to decide between two things.

Like…..would you rather life a life without elbows or a life without knees?

Or would you rather have the flu for two days or a cold for two weeks?

Or would you rather be able to read a book or read a mind?

Or would you rather give up coffee or your phone?

Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

magnolia garland peace on earth

So here’s my DIY version of “Would You Rather?”

Would you rather spend $100 on a magnolia leaf garland like this….

…or make it for free?

You chose free?

Oh good.  Me, too.

Isn’t this a fun game?

Here’s your very own instructions for this Thanksgiving to Christmas transitional mantel decorated with a free magnolia leaf garland.

magnolia leaves

Start with magnolia leaves

If you don’t have your own tree make friends with someone who does.

You will need about 25 magnolia bunches to make this garland.

Wash them thoroughly to get rid of any bugs and dirt.

magnolia leaf garland supplies

Next cut a few pieces of floral wire approximately 6 to 8 inches long.

You want the wire to be pretty light weight, but strong enough to hold the branches together.

I used 26 gauge wire.

magnolia leaf garland twist wire

The goal is to attach the end of the branch to the beginning of another branch.

Begin by twisting the wire on the end of one of the branches.

You want to loop it around several of the bottom smaller branches for support.

magnolia garland how to

Then layer on the next branch.

You layer the beginning of the next branch over the twisted wire that you have already started on the first branch.

Twist together.

magnolia leaf garland diy

Continue the process until you have about a 3 foot swag.

Check the swag for stability.

You may want to secure the swag in additional pieces with wire in any places that appear to be weaker.

Repeat the entire process until you have finished three 3 foot swags.

magnolia garland birch bark trees

Next, attach two swags to each of the ends of the mantel.

Let hang while you attach a third swag to the middle of the mantel.

You will want to attach it firmly.  I used duck tape because my mantel is metal.  It worked amazingly well and it comes in all kinds of colors (like black).  Use whatever method is best for your surface to attach your swag, duck tape may not work best for you.

magnolia garland diy how to

The last step is to wire all the pieces together to form two swags for your mantel.

Wire securely in place.

Test for weak areas and use more wire if necessary.

magnolia leaf garland project diy

And now for my answers to the game:

1.  Life without knees

2.  Flu for two days

3.  Read a book

4.  My phone

Because what is life without coffee. 🙂

Happy day friends!

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Comments

  1. I need to find a friend with a Magnolia tree! Sheila:-)

    • Me too! Don’t have one on my property. Wonder if a complete straner would mind if I show up with my loppers???
      Ha! Depends….

  2. Funny – can’t wait to add that app! I have the most beautiful magnolia tree in the corner of my front yard and always use the branches in my planters, but have never made a garland – it’s gorgeous. Have a feeling that you make it look easier than it is, but I may give it a try! Happy Wednesday, KariAnn!!

  3. I love this! I always try to decorate with natural materials, made a beautiful DIY Thanksgiving centerpiece on my blog today that is easy and stunning. Not free like yours, but really inexpensive. Happy decorating Karianne!

  4. So darn beautiful KariAnne! I am definitely putting a magnolia leaf project on my holiday to-do list.
    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration. Oh, and my answers to Would You Rather…
    Knees for sure because as I’ve gotten older they are starting to hurt.
    A cold for two weeks (only if I’m on a beach somewhere)
    I’d love to read minds–your’s to be exact because your inspiration amazes me.
    I’d give up coffee any day, probably because I’m not a coffee drinker to begin with.
    Have a fantastic day!

  5. I want to know how to make the trees in the picture!

  6. Oh me, oh my! Totally inspired and I we have so many Magnolias here in the good state of Texas!!
    xo
    Jemma

  7. Ok now I have to download that app! The garland is beautiful as is everything you do.
    Here are my answers if your interested:
    1) knees
    2) definitly a flu for two days…get it over with quick!
    3) I would LOVE to read minds for sure!!
    4) I could never give up my iPhone…but then again I’m not a big coffee drinker either
    That was a fun game 🙂

  8. Love magnolias trees as well as ladies in movie! Going to try this… Crafter I am not… Might hunt you down at a ballgame watch out might whip it
    Out if you visit concessions! Enjoy this pretty day!! Every day is a story!

  9. Knees, flu, mind, coffee. Next question. 🙂

  10. Oh, KariAnne, I am so excited that you did these instructions! I have two magnolia trees and this will be so pretty!

  11. Fabulous DIY! It looks fantastic, as usual!! : )
    Still pondering…elbows, knees? Elbows, knees?

  12. I love magnolia leaves, we have a tree and every time I tries to cut the leaves in bunches they always shrivel up and turn a nasty brown and look really ugly! Any suggestion on how to keep their color and shape? thanks love you sight.

    • Hey Liz, I just bought a gallon of glycerin (be sure it is vegatable base) I am using it to soak the leaves in for a couple of days, it is suppose to keep them from turning brown. If I am going to do anymore magnolia projects I don’t want to deal with them turning brown and brittle. Hope it works.

  13. What would you rather do without — duct tape or glue sticks? breakfast or dinner? lipstick or nail polish? Valentine’s Day or Halloween? Frankly I don’t know what I’d do. These are real posers!! BTW love your mantle wreath!!

  14. Hi Karianne, I may have to get them under the cover of darkness but I know where I can get some magnolia leaves-lol.

    Beautiful wreath.

    Have a lovely day!

  15. I have a very large magnolia in my back yard. If I see a bunch of bare spots in the next few days, I’ll know I have some other Thistlewood fans in my neighborhood!

  16. Very pretty! As a matter of fact I just received a gallon jug of gylcerin and my husband has his saw ready for me to cut magnolia limbs! I think I will attach the bunch of leaves to a jute rope, maybe it will feel more sturdy, we’ll see. Love your stuff!

  17. Lanita Anderson :

    Love the magnolia garland…..so pretty! I grew up having a magnolia tree, and I miss it! Guess I’ll have to make friends with someone who has one! 🙂
    Blessings to you!
    Lanita

  18. Hey, Karianne, what’s your game now; can anybody play? Those lyrics seemed appropriate. I’m going to look up that app right now. I love your magnolia leaf garland. Beautiful!

  19. A life without knees.

    A cold for two weeks. The flu is awful!

    Read a mind. Think of what an advantage this would be!

    My phone – I love coffee, but I don’t do caffeine, so I don’t have it. My calendar is on my phone – I have to have that!

    Magnolia leaf – love it. I have a volunteer magnolia in my back yard that you have inspired me to give a haircut!

  20. Michele Riggsbee :

    OMG! Where did you get those amazing birch bark Christmas trees? I must have some of those as well to with my birch wreath! Also, I have that game and it’s a lot of fun! Great post and a beautiful magnolia leaf garland!

  21. I agree, life without coffee is not a good thing…thanks for the tutorial on the garland…now I need to walk across the street, knock on my neighbors’ door and beg for some magnolia leaves!….Gorgeous garland!

  22. Laura Sielbeck :

    Thanks for the directions! I have a HUGE magnolia tree and am planning on decorating with magnolia and dried hydrangeas from my yard.

  23. I have been wanting to make a Magnolia garland as we do have a few Magnolia trees in the backyard. My only concern is how long will the leaves last? MAH’s comments above talked about using glycerin … hope you can post how to do that and how long they lasted. Thanks!

  24. Oh KariAnne, I’m with you about the phone. No way this Starbuckaholic is liv’n without coffee…that could get dangerous! The knee thing, not so much. Having just had double knee surgery in October, dang I miss having functioning knees. Love your “real” magnolia leaf garland – much prettier than my faux variety.

  25. Sheila Pearson :

    The fact that you said you’d rather give up your phone than give up coffee makes me wonder if we are, in fact, sisters from another mister. I’d rather have the flu because I’ve already had my flu shot this year. Books because I can already read minds – and I know what you’re thinking, “She can’t really read minds, right?”. See? …and the no brainer answer is elbows because, duh, how else can we drink our coffee? LYLAS! 😉

  26. Funny game… and I agree. What is life without coffee??? BTW, I love that mirror behind your beautiful magnolia garland!
    Au Revoir & Bisous,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

  27. Gorgeous! I want one. Now I have to make friends with someone who has a Magnolia tree. I’ll take the coffee, too!

  28. Hi friend:D So umm…I live in BUCKEYE country, and unfortunately I don’t have one of these beautiful trees:( However! If one day when you wake up in the morning and you happen to be enjoying your first cup of morning coffee while looking out a window and you see someone having a scavenger hunt for magnolia leave branches…pay no attention because it’s just me! Happy day FRIEND:D

  29. Love this! Wish I had a magnolia nearby:)

  30. This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinning 🙂
    ~Laurie

  31. A very creative project, Kari Anne! I love how full and lush the magnolia leaves look bunched up on a garland like that! The would-you-rather game is played between friends at our home too. I have to say I’d pretty much pick the same responses as you…except for the coffee and phone one…I’m still on the fence.

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project on #SHINEbloghop! It’s so great for you to join us this week! Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

  32. Off to throw on some black clothes and go raid the neighbour’s shrubs at night, because I MUST HAVE THIS.

    Featuring you on FB on Sunday. Thanks for linking up to Party Junk, my friend! 🙂

  33. Oh how I wish I had a magnolia tree or shrubs…….this is beautiful. I am going to drive through the nearest neighborhood and see if I can spot one. LOL Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Monday. I am featuring you this week. http://www.farmhouse40.com

  34. This is just beautiful I love Magnolia trees and love decorating with the leaves. I am featuring this post on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this week.

  35. It’s beautiful my friend and it fills the mantle with wonderful fresh holiday greenery. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

  36. I love magnolia leaves. Years ago I lived in Houston where there was an abundance. I used them in my holiday decorating and loved it. It’s always great when you can bring nature indoors.

  37. I have magnolia trees! And friends coming over for Thanksgiving, so I may have to try this for a beautiful decoration. Thanks so much!

    I found this on the Saturday Sparks link party. Have a great weekend!

  38. So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Crafty Weekends!! I am featuring this post this weekend!! I hope you will share with us again!!