How to make a gorgeous and SUPER EASY magnolia wreath with glossy green and brown leaves, and big, beautiful magnolia flowers. The perfect wreath for a modern farmhouse style.
I’m so spoiled living in Charleston. I get to walk out my front door and enjoy a big beautiful magnolia tree right in my front yard! It blooms in the late spring and summer and looks just lovely with my magnolia wreath.
I’m a happy southern girl! (Well, happy southern-transplant girl, haha.)
This lovely magnolia wreath works for spring and summer (which basically feels like the whole year in South Carolina! lol). I usually put it up right after Easter, when I take down my beautiful Tulip Wreath. Then I take it down in July, so I can put up my Patriotic Hydrangea Wreath. And then this magnolia wreath goes right back up for the rest of the summer!
So, I’m kind of the crazy wreath girl. I think this is my sixth wreath tutorial, haha. There’s just something about making my own wreaths that brings me joy. Probably because I can’t bring myself to pay $40+ for a new wreath every season (or every month, lets be honest…) So I like to make them myself for like $20 or less! You can check out all my wreath DIYs here.
How the magnolia wreath was born
Want to hear a sad story? My house in STL had a glass storm door in front of our regular front door, and our house faced west. And my door was black. The sun BAKED my door. And it melted my favorite wreath! Melted! Literally, dripping plastic. I had to throw it away. So when we moved to South Carolina, I needed to replace it. Naturally, I headed to Hobby Lobby to find that same leafy garland to make another one, and no luck! They don’t carry that same greenery anymore. I almost picked up a different green leafy one until…
I saw this gorgeous thing of Fixer-Upper-Joanna-Gaines-Southern-Living beauty… MAGNOLIA GARLAND. Cue all the heart eyes. I draped it around the grapevine wreath and gasped at its loveliness. And it turned into a gorgeous wreath.
I’ve seen lots of magnolia leaf wreaths, but I love how the magnolia flowers on this wreath add a bit of feminine brightness. I’ve made it with the garland going all the way around the wreath and also with having the leaves and flowers 3/4 around, and I can’t decide which one I like better! Maybe you just can’t go wrong with magnolias. 😉
How to Make a Farmhouse Style Magnolia Wreath
Its ridiculously easy to make, you just need a basic 18″ grapevine wreath, some floral wire (or twisty ties!), and this magnolia garland from Hobby Lobby. I’ve looked at other stores for similar garland/swags and haven’t found any. It’s only at Hobby Lobby. Its usually $29.99, but its on “sale” every other week for 50% off, so make sure you get it on sale (or use a coupon)!
- Fold the garland in half.
- Starting with one end, wire garland to the grapevine.
- Wrap a piece of wire round the stem of the garland, and then weave it into a bit of the grapevine wreath and twist it tightly to secure. It doesn't have to be pretty or perfect!
- Continue attaching garland to the grapevine wreath, securing it every 4-5 inches.You kind of have to wrestle and twist it into the desired shape, and to ensure that the magnolia flowers face up nicely.
- Secure any loose stems or floppy magnolia flowers with additional wire.
For the version with the garland all the way around, stretch the garland out and secure it around the wreath, similarly to above. You'll have a few extra inches of overlapping greenery and magnolia flowers that you can cut off and use to fill in any bare spots.
Here is how it looks with the magnolia garland stretched all the way around the wreath. I honestly can’t decide which way I like better! I did a poll on my IG stories, and it was split 51-49! So you can’t go wrong, either way.
You can totally make this magnolia wreath. Its easy peasy! And cheaper than a trip to Waco!
I love to see your wreaths! Tag me @thehowtomom on IG or #thehowtomomwreaths so I can give you a shout out and tell you what an amazing job you did!