I have been dreaming about having a magnolia wreath for about a year now. Everywhere I’ve looked to buy one, though, I’ve nearly been knocked down by the price tags. $50 plus dollars for a wreath–seriously?! No, thanks.
It drives my husband crazy, but when I want something that I find too expensive, I usually find a way to make it myself. Accordingly, I found a way to make a beautiful magnolia wreath for $30. So much better, right? Full disclosure: I had some of my supplies on hand so if you need to buy burlap ribbon or jute twine, it’ll be closer to $40. But still–a LOT less expensive than buying a pre-made wreath!
It’s so easy, you guys. Like, stupid easy. Let me show you how to make your own.
- 16-inch foam floral ring (I got mine at Hobby Lobby but you can find a similar one here)–$11
- 2 bunches of faux magnolia leaves (again, Hobby Lobby)–$17
- 1 pack of small floral pins—$2
- wide burlap ribbon (I had some on hand but you can get it at any craft store or here)–FREE!
- jute twine (I always have this on hand)–FREE!
You’ll start by wrapping a length of twine around your foam ring and creating a loop about two inches long. This will be what you hang the wreath with.
Next, wrap your burlap ribbon all the way around the wreath and pin in place. I did this for aesthetic reasons and also so the foam wouldn’t rub off and make a mess.
Next, take some wire cutters or old scissors and cut your magnolia leaves into little stems of three leaves (do not, I repeat, DO NOT use good scissors! The wire in the stems will ruin them! You have been warned.).
Start by placing one of your three-leaved stems on the front of the wreath form and, using one of your floral pins, secure it in place.
Now take another stem and, overlapping the leaves just a bit on the first stem, secure it in place. Continue all the way around the wreath until you get back to the beginning. Once you are placing your last stem, be sure to tuck the stem part under the leaves of the first stem you placed and secure it with a pin.
Voila! You now have a magnolia wreath! Take a step back and look at it from a distance. Does it need filling in? Are there any gaps or do you want to add a leaf or two here and there? Do that now by pulling single leaves from one of your magnolia bunches and securing them wherever you need to with a pin (be sure to hide the pin under another leaf if possible).
That’s it! I added a cute little “hi” wood cut-out (also found at Hobby Lobby) to give my wreath a little something extra. This is totally an optional step. You could add some magnolia flowers or your last initial or whatever you want, really!
The way I hung my “hi” sign was by stringing some thread through the hangers on the back of the sign and then pinning the thread to the wreath (I hid the thread and pins under some leaves).
What do you think? I am thrilled with how it turned out. I am MORE thrilled at the cost! These wreaths are so versatile. You can hang them inside or outside and they look beautiful with all kinds of different decor styles. So perfect!