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How to Create a Magnolia Inspired Wreath!

July 26, 2021 116 Comments

Magnolias have become more and more popular to use in home decor items over the years (I wonder if a certain Texan design superstar had a hand in their popularity?!). With summer in full swing and our ever growing selection of wood flowers and greenery...I had to try my hand at a magnolia inspired grapevine wreath!

Choose Your Greenery and Filler!

For this project, I started with an 18" grapevine wreath and our magnolia leaf greenery. They are larger leaves so I would recommend an 18" or larger wreath base. I also grabbed a few neutral greens and our blush eucalyptus for a beautiful pop of color!

Prep and Add Your Greenery!

Since grapevine wreaths are intertwined and wrapped branches, they are fantastic for adding greenery stems! There are lots of nooks and spaces to snuggle the greenery pieces in but you want to make sure they aren't too large. With the magnolia leaves being especially large, I cut down each branch into 3 leaf segments. Once these were ready, I hot glued them directly into the grapevine wreath, making sure all of the leaves were facing the same direction.

Finish Your Greenery Base!

Once the magnolia leaves were all on, I added dusty miller and blush eucalyptus to the wreath. I alternated the stems so some were facing the outer edge of the wreath while others were facing inward. Again, I used hot glue to secure them in place.

Paint Your Magnolias!

For these magnolias, I used our Charleston wood flower (sidenote - Charlestons are so incredibly versatile and can be used to mimic hellebores, poppies, etc.!). To create them, I first sprayed the flower with a water/glycerin mix (about 8 parts water to 1 part glycerin) and then gently pulled the outer petals open. Once the flower is open, dab some yellow paint in the center with a paint brush!

Add Your Magnolias!

As the magnolias will be our largest flowers, I wanted to place them first. Once I was happy with their spots, I hot glued them directly onto the greenery base we had created.

Add Additional Flowers!

I also added 5 La Fleurs to the wreath and glued them in place!

Paint Your Magnolia Buds!

Our sola branches are an amazing way to create magnolia buds! First, I sprayed the flowers on the branch with a water/glycerin mixture. You want the flower itself to be damp when you add the paint to the bottom of the bud so you can use a wet paint brush to pull that paint towards the petals' edges. That way, you have a darker flower bottom but the pink is carried throughout the entire flower (just like with a magnolia bud!). The glycerin added to your water in the spray bottle is to ensure the flowers stay soft when they are dry.

Add Your Magnolia Buds!

The sola branches were a little long for the wreath so I cut them into shorter branches of 3-4 buds and slid those into the grapevine wreath! Look at that extra pop of pink!!

Add Your Final Filler!

For the final step, I wanted to bring in a bit more texture and brightness with our summer blooming mix. The little white flower ends on each piece really helped to carry the white of the magnolias and la fleurs through the entire wreath!

This is honestly the first time I have done a wreath with large leaves all facing the same direction and I am loving it! What wreath style should we try next?! Let us know in the comments 





16 Responses

Lori Johnson
Lori Johnson

January 01, 2022

I’m excited to try out the painting techniques! Beautiful wreath!

Lisanne Miller
Lisanne Miller

January 01, 2022

Magnolias are my absolute favorites! I have a magnolia tree in the front of my house and I cannot wait for it to bloom every spring! You have inspired me to make a wreath for my front door, which will be to the left of my magnolia tree; my only hope is that I can do it justice, it’s beyond beautiful!♥️♥️♥️

Jessica
Jessica

January 01, 2022

Those magnolias are just so stunning!

Tina Greenwood
Tina Greenwood

January 01, 2022

I recently got a grapevine wreath on sale. This gives me inspiration!

Maggie
Maggie

January 01, 2022

I haven’t worked with Magnolia leaves yet and this blog gives me some inspiration on how to incorporate them in a spring wreath!

Sharee Lewis
Sharee Lewis

January 01, 2022

Oh you’re lovely has such a beautiful huge selection of flowers! I want every single style they offer❤️❤️

Dee Haberdash
Dee Haberdash

January 01, 2022

Great painting tips!!

Kathleen
Kathleen

January 01, 2022

Im kinda scared to use huge leaves in everything lol idk why but got to have to try magnolia leaves next time! They look so pretty! ❤

Lori Holland
Lori Holland

January 01, 2022

Beautiful!

Elizabeth Villarreal
Elizabeth Villarreal

January 01, 2022

So beautiful! I love this project.

Emmy
Emmy

January 01, 2022

The raw flowers look amazing here with just the middles painted!

Emily Anne
Emily Anne

January 01, 2022

Love the color variation on the buds. There are so many techniques I can’t wait to try!

Emily
Emily

January 01, 2022

I started snagging wreaths at Goodwill so I can take off the silk flowers and use them for sola projects. A huge money saver and I can’t wait to try one out. The buds here are super cute!

Amee Beckner
Amee Beckner

January 01, 2022

Perfect timing! I’ve been trying to think up a nice magnolia wreath and I am absolutely loving the idea of using the Sola buds!

Ashley Schaefer
Ashley Schaefer

January 01, 2022

I love the branches! I have never bought those but they are definitely going on my wishlist now!

Jameka Leondra
Jameka Leondra

January 01, 2022

Love the tip of painting the bottom of the flower and pulling the paint up with the paint brush. They came out beautiful!

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