How to Make a Beautiful, Fresh Magnolia Wreath

Add a statement piece to your front door with this simple and inexpensive DIY fresh magnolia leaf wreath. 

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Magnolia leaf wreaths are stunning and can be used as year-round or holiday décor. However, depending on where you purchase, they can cost a pretty penny. I decided to make my own wreath from the fresh leaves of the magnolia tree in my front yard instead. 

fresh magnolia wreath with green and yellow leaves

How to Make a Fresh Magnolia Wreath

Magnolia wreath made from fresh magnolia leaves in fall.

If you have access to a magnolia tree, then this DIY will cost next to nothing—just a little time and patience. No wire. No glue. No hassle. This project is simple and (if I do say so myself) the results are beautiful. 

DIY magnolia wreath supplies

DIY Magnolia Wreath Supplies

Only a few supplies are needed for a simple DIY magnolia wreath: fresh magnolia leaves, pruning shears, and a foam wreath form.

Supplies needed for this project are a foam wreath form (I used a 10” form), pruning shears, and approximately 80 magnolia leaves. The only purchase I needed to make was the wreath form which was $2.00 at a craft store. 

fresh magnolia leaves for magnolia wreath

Fresh Magnolia Leaves for DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Clip fresh magnolia leaves to make a simple DIY magnolia leaf wreath.

To start, grab some pruning shears and cut individual magnolia leaves as close to the branch as possible. This keeps the stem long which is necessary for insertion into the foam wreath form. Since I clipped the leaves for my wreath in late October, some had already begun to yellow. I decided to use a handful of yellow magnolia leaves to add interest to my wreath. I chose leaves that were medium to large in size to make the wreath look robust. 

fresh magnolia leaf and foam form for magnolia wreath

Magnolia Leaf and Foam Form for DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Insert fresh magnolia leaf into foam form to start a DIY magnolia leaf wreath.

Begin your wreath by inserting the stem of an individual leaf into the outermost side of the form. If you have trouble inserting the stem, grab a small screwdriver or other strong, sharp object and pre-drill a hole that you can work the stem into. Make sure to do this at an angle so that the leaves aren’t sticking straight out of the form.  

foam wreath form and magnolia leaves

DIY Magnolia Wreath with Fresh Leaves and Foam Form

Insert fresh magnolia leaves into a foam wreath form to make a DIY magnolia wreath.

Continue inserting individual leaves roughly a half inch apart. Each leaf should sit at the same angle against the form.  

DIY magnolia leaf wreath

DIY Magnolia Wreath Step 1

To begin the DIY wreath complete one row of inserting magnolia leaves around the foam form.

Do this until you’ve covered the entire outside of the form in one solid ring. You will make four more concentric rings until the white of the wreath form is no longer visible.  

yellow and green fresh magnolia wreath

DIY Magnolia Wreath step 2

Continue inserting rows of fresh magnolia leaves into the foam form to complete the magnolia wreath.

If you are using colored leaves, remember to insert them at different points along the way. Step back every once and while and make sure the colored leaves are balanced around the entirety of the wreath. 

DIY Magnolia Wreath

DIY Magnolia Wreath step 3

Four rows of magnolia leaves complete the wreath.

Fill any gaps or thin areas with remaining leaves. Clip more leaves if needed or consider incorporating the magnolia seed pods to add more depth to the wreath. The magnolia leaf wreath can be hung indoors or outdoors. It makes for the perfect fall front door décor

fresh magnolia leaf wreath on front door

DIY Fresh Magnolia Wreath for Front Door

Green and yellow fresh magnolia leaves make up this classic wreath.

Outdoor Fall Decor

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Mix Up Gourds

Line your stoop or walkway with an assortment of pumpkins and gourds in a variety of sizes. Try layering and interlacing them with ivy and other greens to get a natural pumpkin-patch look. 

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Display Colorful Mums

Mums come in a variety of colors and sizes. Choose one or two colors for a uniform look or go wild and get as many colors as you can find. Display your mums in different ways like in a wagon, bushel basket, wheelbarrow or an old caldron. 

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Hang Dried Corn

Indian corn adds color and texture to any setting. Tie a few cobs together for a simple arrangement to hang on your door or porch railing.  

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Layer With Hay

Haybales are an easy way to stagger the height of your display. When winter comes along, throw the hay (and pumpkins) on your compost pile, then fertile your garden with it come springtime. 

It Doesn't Have to be All Orange

Making a striking statement by sticking to one unexpected color. 

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Feed the Birds While You're at It

Birds will start to look for reliable sources of food when the weather cools down. Include a gourd bird feeder with your outdoor decor. Continue making feeders throughout the winter months to make sure the bird population sticks around your yard. This is a great project for kids; take a look at the instructions >>

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Use Pinecones to Feed the Birds

Pinecones are another great way to feed your feathery garden friends. Simple tie a string to the top of the pinecone, then cover the cone in peanut butter and bird seed. Put it in the freezer to harden up before you put it outside.

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Sprinkle in Some Cabbage or Kale

You don't have to like the taste of it to decorate with it. Flowering cabbage and kale will bring bright hues to your autumn landscape. Try combining these eye-catching plants with sweet alyssum, viola, nemesia, and garden mums. Best of all, flowering cabbage and kale stand up to temps as low as 5°F and light snows. In areas where frost comes early, buy these plants in the largest size you can find, because once the cold air hits, they'll stop growing.

At the Very Least, Hang a Wreath

Wreaths aren't just for Christmas. A floral display in rich autumn colors will make your entry warm and welcoming. Check out these beautiful DIY wreaths >>

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Add Cornstalks for Height

Simply take about 15 to 20 dried cornstalks and bunch them together with bailer's twine to secure. Leave the twine bare or add a ribbon in any fall color. Place a couple of stacks of hay, mums and pumpkins in front of the cornstalks and you're done. Easy!

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