DIY Magnolia Leaf Ideas

 

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I’ve always loved the fragrant bloom and shiny leaves of a magnolia tree.  We planted a young magnolia in our backyard when we moved into our Florida house.  It grew fast and strong.  It supplied me with endless gorgeous leaves for endless fresh projects.

I made fresh wreaths over the years using a foam wreath form, a chopstick and a pile of leaves.  Simply poke a hole with a chopstick (or similar item) so your stem doesn’t break then insert the leaf.  Continue, continue, continue.

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This is what the wreath looked like after I finished up.  It was very full but you can adjust to your preference.  After time the leaves shrivel a bit then turn both green and brown.  If you look closely at the 1st photo in the laundry room it was past prime but still divine to me!

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During the holidays I made fresh garlands using groupings of leaves wired in 3’s then attached to jute.   I wove some lighting in for a festive feel.

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Here’s a close up of the assembly process for a fresh garland.

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So easy to make and simply beautiful.

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One year I spray painted magnolia leaves gold then used a stapler to attach one after another to create a garland for our Christmas tree.

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There is a preservation process where you can soak magnolia branches in glycerin after smacking the end of the branch with a hammer to aid in absorption.  Your full and glossy fresh wreath could remain forever young but I didn’t have any luck with this for 2 reasons:

  1. I didn’t have nearly enough bottles of glycerin.  The directions said to mix 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water.
  2. It was supposed to soak in the mixture for several weeks. Time was not on my side.

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Often I would simply slip clippings in a vase to enjoy indoors.  As you might guess I’m missing my magnolia tree about now.  Thinking I need to find just the right spot to plant one in our yard in Virginia.  And if you are fortunate enough to have a magnolia tree…….. get busy just because you can 🙂

About Desperate Craft Wife

Mom of 4 crafting her way through life one project at a time!

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