We have a Magnolia tree in our yard. It is always giving to us. Its large ivory blossoms are stunning in the spring and summer. I cut them and put them in vases around the house. They are so fragrant!
The leaves of the Magnolia have long been utilized to make Christmas wreaths and garland. I have always wanted to purchase one for my front door, but they seem to be quite costly.
So this year, I had an epiphany, and decided to make a Magnolia wreath. Here is how I did it:
I had my big strapping son cut some bottom branches off of our Magnolia tree:
I used an 18 inch wreath form.
I hot glued the leaves onto the wreath. The trick was to work in small sections and I used a heavy mug to hold the leaves in place until they had a chance to adhere to the wreath.
Here is the outer layer all dried and ready.
For the inner circle, I tilted the leaves slightly and worked in small sections gluing and pressing.
It took me about 30 minutes to complete one wreath. Not to shabby for a beginner.
And here is the finished product all dressed up with a red ribbon. Isn't is pretty?
I used the extra branches to make a garland for the top of the hutch.