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DIY: $15 Dried Magnolia Wreath

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By Olivejude.com

We have been tackling some big home projects over the past 2 months and my dining room has become the room where everything gets temporarily stored or dumped . It drives me a bit crazy!

I even had this situation at one point!

A toilet and an old sink next to my great-grandparents lovely dining table. Gave me the sweats.

The projects are wrapping up and so just the other day, as I started to unravel the mess in the dining room and put this pretty space back together, I rediscovered these beauties…from my Christmas centerpiece.Magnolia Wreath

I knew that these gorgeous, now dried, Magnolia leaves deserved a permanent place in my home and suddenly my inner Joanna began to emerge.Magnolia WreathIf you are a Fixer Upper fan like me, then perhaps you have been longing for one of Joanna’s trademark Magnolia wreaths. I have!

I have browsed in the past and have fallen in love with some lovely Magnolia wreaths but, of course, I fell in love with the ones out of my price range…isn’t that the way it always goes?

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null$334.99  Sourcenull

$110  Source

Fresh or dry. Faux or real. I simply cannot justify that amount of spending on a wreath.

With this pile of dried leaves staring back at me and knowing that I spent just $15 for this bundle before Christmas, I wasn’t going to let these beauties go to waste.  In just 30 minutes, I made my own Magnolia wreath that even Chip would be proud of!

Here’s how I did it…

I gently stripped the leaves from their branches.

Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

I organized the leaves by size and then I separated the flattest leaves from the ones that had curled.Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia WreathI had a grape-vine wreath that I was going to use as a base but decided I wanted something simpler. My leaves were also so delicate and brittle that I didn’t want to use wire to attach them to this type of base. With the nearest craft store 20 minutes away (and it was a snow day at home), I had to come up with some solution. I decided to make my own wreath base with some sturdy cardboard.

I simply traced a platter and a basket and used my sharpest scissors to cut the new wreath shape out.Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

I started to place the flattest, largest leaves in one direction, overlapping the ends, to get a feel for how I was going to design my wreath.Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

I used my hot glue gun to attach these leaves one by one.Magnolia Wreath

Once the cardboard was covered and the first layer of leaves were secure, I grabbed some rolled up leaves and began to tuck them in around the flat leaves, securing them with a little hot glue.Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

It helped to stop every so often, hold up the wreath, and see where there were holes or areas deserving of a leaf. Magnolia Wreath

I used my remaining flat leaves to make another row on the inside of the wreath, giving it more body.Magnolia Wreath

And again, I used the curled leaves and tucked them in wherever necessary to fill in the wreath.Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia Wreath

Since the leaves are so delicate, I couldn’t wrap a ribbon around it for hanging. Instead, I used one of these binder clips attached right to the cardboard and now it can easily hang on a nail.

Magnolia Wreath

In just under a half hour and for just $15, this lovely Fixer Upper inspired wreath came together so easily!

Want to add a bow? Go right ahead! While you have your hot glue gun fired up, try making this simple no sew bow for your wreath!

Magnolia Wreath

$15

My biggest dilemma…where should I hang this? I’m still working on that. Decisions, decisions.

 Magnolia Wreath

Not ready to tackle this DIY but still longing for a Magnolia wreath? I’ve rounded up some more affordable options that I think even JoJo would approve of.

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Okay, all you Fixer Upper lovers, do you have any Joanna inspired projects in your home?

 

Supply List

  • Magnolia leaves (fresh, dried, or faux)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue gun sticks
  • Heavy cardboard
  • 2 different sized platters or bowls for tracing
  • Pencil for tracing
  • Sharp scissors
  • Binder Clip for hanging

 

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