Looking for an easy DIY project for the holidays? This DIY magnolia garland is a simple and easy project to make in an afternoon. Step-by-step instructions included.
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. 🙂
So here’s my DIY version of “Would You Rather?”
Would you rather spend $100 on a magnolia leaf garland like this….
…or make a DIY magnolia garland for free?
You chose free?
Oh good. Me, too.
Isn’t this a fun game?
Here are your very own instructions for this Thanksgiving to Christmas transitional mantel decorated with a free magnolia leaf garland.
1. 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.
2. Cut a few pieces of wire
- 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.
3. Attach the branches
- 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.
4. Layer on the next branch
- When you’ve finished with the first branch, then layer on the next branch to make your DIY magnolia garland.
- You layer the beginning of the next branch over the twisted wire that you have already started on the first branch.
- Twist together.
5. Continue adding branches
- Continue the process until you have about a 3-foot swag of DIY magnolia garland.
- 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.
6. Hang up your garland
- Next, attach two swags to each of the ends of the mantel.
- Let hang while you attach the 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.
7. Wire the pieces together
- 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.
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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