Make a DIY magnolia wreath in an hour. It’s a simple project with just a few steps. All you need are magnolia leaves and these step-by-step instructions.

Have you ever seen Duck Dynasty?

It’s about a family that looks just like ZZ top who own a duck calling empire.

The show is a cross between The Waltons meets The Swamp People meets Father Knows Best.

All set in the bayous of Louisiana.

I was supposed to be making a DIY magnolia wreath this weekend and somewhere between step 1 and step 2, I became embroiled in the Duck Dynasty drama of Miss Kay’s goats.

The goats were escaping when Miss Kay was doling out marital advice while cooking cornbread and the employees over at Duck command center were all about building Willie’s brother a new office because he was an under-appreciated member of the Duck call clan and he needed an office door with a title.

Scintillating drama at its finest.

I was riveted.

And worried about the goats.

So much so that I almost forgot to make the wreath.


I was an hour away from telling the three French hens there were only 11 days of Christmas this year.

Luckily the goats survived.

And the wreath made it to the front door.  

DIY Magnolia Wreath


Magnolia leaves


Wreath form

Step 1: Start with a wreath form

I purchased mine at Dollar Tree.

For only a dollar.

Can you believe it?

The entire project cost only $1.06.

It was the soft kind of floral foam so the leaves could stick right into the form.

It is an eight-inch form which makes about a 17″ to 18″ wreath.

Step 2:  Add first layer of leaves

Place wreath form on top of an upside down bowl.

It makes it easier to turn as you work around the wreath.

Insert leaves every two inches in a circle around the bottom of the wreath form.

Quick tip

It makes it so much easier to put the leaves in if you cut the tip of the leaf at a slant before you put it into the wreath form.

This slant helps anchor them into the wreath form when you add the layers.

Step 3:  Continue adding layers

Repeat step 2.


And again.

Add layers until wreath is completely covered with magnolia leaves.

I added about 4 layers to completely cover the wreath.

Step 4:  Finish and hang up

I’ve hung my magnolia wreath on the hutch, but there are so many places this fresh magnolia wreath could work. Hang on the door and finish off with a burlap ribbon. Hang over a mirror in your hallway. Hang the wreath inside an open frame in your dining room.

The magnolia possibilities are endless.

It was an exciting afternoon.

Five minutes after this picture was taken I walked by the television as the Duck Dynasty clan ripped the new office they just built from the side of the warehouse...

….and used it to house the goats.


As thrilling and exciting as duck dynasties in Louisiana are…..

…..I’m turning back to the Hallmark channel. 🙂

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  1. Image for Marianne@Songbird Marianne@Songbird

    I am so sorry we don't receive the program about the duck raising family. Seems like I am really missing out. But I am ever so glad I didn't have to miss out on this beautiful wreath. It looks wonderful. Those magnolia leaves are so nice and shiny.

  2. Image for Janice Janice

    I love your magnolia wreath! I wish we had a magnolia tree on our property. I've never seen Duck Dynasty...thought about getting it on iTunes though. My husbands long beard has become popular since everyone is watching the show!

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Your wreath is gorgeous!! And it would seem relatively easy to make...unless you are distracted by Duck Dynasty! Since I don't have access to magnolia leaves, and only get Swamp People, I guess I'm out of luck! It does look beautiful on your shiny black door! ;)

  4. Image for Atta Girl Amy Atta Girl Amy

    I have not yet watched Duck Dynasty because I'm afraid I would like it too much. I really love redneck TV. I can't get enough "Honey Boo Boo" and "Lizard Lick Towing." (I was starstruck when I saw the Lizard Lick family at the state fair this year.) Maybe I can find a redneck TV marathon to watch while I'm finishing up my Christmas decorating. Preferable goat-free, though! Have a wonderful day!

  5. Image for JuneA** JuneA**

    GIRLFRIEND!! Cute, cheap and easy. And you gave up Duck Dynasty for us, I'm so touched. LOL Thanks for sharing your project...I'm trying to think of a magnolia tree that I could "borrow" some leaves from. Hope your day is blessed!

  6. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    One thing I loved about living in Virginia was the abundance of magnolia leaves available for the holidays! Sadly, no access here in Minnesota, unless we buy them at the store and they are pricey, believe it or not! However, lemon leaves are fairly inexpensive and most florists have them. Hmmm......need to hit the Dollar Store and Tivo up some Duck Dynasty : ) Happy Monday, Keri! xo Suzanne

  7. Image for Marian Marian

    Girl, you read my mind! About the wreath, I mean. Not so much about the goats. Or the swamp people. But I'm glad that all went well too. I have been itching to make a magnolia garland this year. One problem. I have no magnolia in my yard. And I think my friend that does have one will not be thrilled at the idea of me taking 250 of her leaves for my garland. But I bet I could sweet talk her out of the leaves for a wreath. Hmm... now I'm all feeling inspired and crafty. Good thing I have to run off and check if a chair from Craigslist will suit for my office this morning, or leaves would be flying already.

  8. Image for Michigan Running Mom Michigan Running Mom

    Duck Dynasty is hilarious. My 17 year old son watches it all the time and the latest tag line going around our home is "Just want to make everyone happy, happy, happy" which is what the matriarch of the Duck clan (Phil) says all the time. I do love the show because under all the camo and red neck antics the family is very close knit and family values are very important to the whole clan. It cracks me up that they are millionaires and still choose to live in the same houses and in the same fashion that they did before the money. Anyway, I love the magnolia wreath. Very rich looking. It looks absolutely wonderful on your black door.

  9. Image for Jenny@thelavendermagnolia Jenny@thelavendermagnolia

    Hey KariAnne, I met you at the SBC and went to dinner with the crowd for Mexican. You thought I was Tammy who won all of the prizes for her beautiful centerpieces, etc., but sadly, I was not. No way do I have those kind of skills. You have the most beautiful home I have ever laid my eyes upon. Seriously. I even posted about it on my blog ( Luuurrrrrve it! Wish someone would sponsor you so you could have a contest and makeover someone's home. Then I would have to find a way to stack the odds in my favor! Regarding Duck Dynasty - my daughter loves that show and I am making her a stemmed mason jar for Christmas. She comments on them every time that family sits down for dinner at the table. Wish I had a magnolia tree near me. My mama used to have one, but she is long gone and so is the tree. The wreath is gorgeous. The bow makes it. Burlap makes everything better. If only someone could invent soft, silky burlap. Oh, well. Jenny

  10. Image for Laura Laura

    Love your wreath!!! Do you have to mist the leaves with water throughout the holidays. I'd like to make mine ASAP but feel they would dry out pretty fast. Thanks in advance for your reply.

  11. Image for Laura Laura

    I have been to four Dollar Tree Stores and all they have is the 7 7/8 in X 1 15/16in Floral Wreath Arrangers. Do you have another source of where you can find them cheap? Thank you for responding to my question.

    1. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

      Ok now, realize that I'm a pretty new follower of this blog - mind you, not pretty - just pretty new :( So when I saw Laura's comment in my inbox, the 3rd Day of Christmas thing sort of threw me. Especially since tomorrow is only Halloween. Hhmm. But, you have to know that, sometimes it takes me a while to figure stuff out, and when I finally did ... well, I got it! And I'm so greatful to Laura because she took me to this wonderful post. I swear (figureatively of course ... [is that spelled right?!?] ) ... anyway, KariAnne, I think you and I must have a slight DNA cross some where along the line. You're a HOOT and a half! Later - Cheryl

  12. Image for Jan Jan

    Love the wreath. (Not duck dynasty. Sorry) I have a neighbor that has a huge magnolia tree and I bet she'll let me get some leaves. I would probably put it on my front door but if I use it in the house do I need to spray it with anything. Also, how long do the leaves last? Thanks cutie pie! You are such a doll. (I got to meet you at Chapel Market :))

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