This is simple and basic, but I love it. I got the inspiration for making this wreath and putting it on a window frame by watching HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’. That show is amazing. Joanna Gaines’ style is very similar to mine, simple, easy and natural.
What I’ve made here is not a true Magnolia wreath. These leaves are artificial leaves from Michael’s Craft Store, and they are not sold as magnolia leaves. Magnolia leaves have more diverse color with shades of brown in them. This is as close to a Magnolia leaf that I could find.
For the window frame, I went to a local antique boutique and found this window frame. When I bought it, it had the glass in each frame, the paint was chipped and it had old hardware screwed into it on several sides.
This is what the frame looked like after I removed the hardware, glass and scrubbed it clean. If the paint was in good shape, I would have left it like that, however, the paint was peeling and because I didn’t know where the frame came from, or how old it was, I didn’t want to take the chance that the paint had lead in it.
I then sanded all the paint off the frame. Since it was old and peeling, it didn’t take long at all. I wanted the frame to have a more natural look to it, so I chose a neutral color paint.
Now for the wreath
Hot Glue Gun
Twine for hanging
This is how I bought the leaves. They were in bundles of approximately 20 leaves. I got them at Michael’s craft store.
I used a wire cutter to cut them off the bundle, then separated them by color and size.
I started by gluing the larger leaves on the inside. I glued them only at the stem. The tip of the leaf is free. As I added more and more leaves to move around the form, I covered the prior stem.
This is the first row of leaves. As you can see, when you look at the wreath, the first row is covering the middle of the wreath.
For the next set of leaves, I did the same thing as the first row, and I tucked them half way under the first row. All the leaves are pointing in the same direction.
I continued around and around the wreath form using the same technique until the entire wreath was full of leaves.
After I was finished with the front, I covered the rest of the form with the leaves, gluing them completely on the wreath form. I didn’t leave the tips unglued on the back the way I did on the front.
And, that’s it. The only thing left to do is attach a piece of twine in the back for hanging.