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How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath on the Cheap!

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In this post: Everyone loves the Fixer Upper faux magnolia leaf wreath, right? Here’s how to make one for less that looks just like the original!


My first attempt at a DIY Magnolia Wreath did not turn out as I envisioned. Here’s how I made a new one that looked much prettier!

How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath on the Cheap pin

Why I Don’t Like Some Craft Projects 

Crafts that take more than half an hour to finish are not my favorite…you’ll find several incomplete crafts in my basement.

Repetitive tasks are not my thing…I once quit an excellent-paying job boxing tile samples because I couldn’t take the monotony.

Detailed work makes me a little nutty…just ask our poor accountant.

However, since we live quite a distance from the Silos/Magnolia/Fixer Upper/Chip and Joanna’s place, not to mention the Canadian dollar sucking against the USD and shipping being rather price-prohibitive, I made an exception for this DIY magnolia leaf wreath. 

My First DIY Magnolia Wreath Attempt

I actually tried making one last year really quickly by wiring some magnolia leaves onto a wire wreath form. But I was in a hurry and it didn’t turn out so well.

I mean, I managed to make it decent enough to use in photos of our farmhouse kitchen makeover. But those wired-on leaves kept spinning and shifting. Plus, I just used rather unrealistic looking magnolia leaves from the craft store.

Messy and shiny was not the look I was going for! Here’s what it looked like before:

AKA Design kitchen stove

So, while brainstorming ideas for a fall craft hop with my sweet blog friends (scroll down for their craft ideas), I decided to revisit the magnolia leaf wreath idea again. Only this time, I wanted to make sure it looked full and more like the original inspiration…and that the leaves stayed in place. Ahem. Here’s what I ended up with:

DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath Farmhouse Range Hood

So. Much. Better. 

How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath Just Like the Original For Much Less

Magnolia Magnolia Wreath

So, the Signature Magnolia Wreath from Magnolia, shown above, is $98 USD at the time of writing this. Plus about $56 shipping and any customs fees when it gets to the border. For a total of about $220 Canadian, give or take with exchange. 

Even if you have a hard time finding Magnolia leaves, and have to pay a bit for them, it’s still cheaper to make your own! 

One of the problems with just using faux magnolia leaves from the craft store is that they’re super green and super shiny. Which may look sort of like real Magnolia leaves, but it is not at all the same look as the original Magnolia wreath.

But, if you can muster up a little patience and a wee bit of craft paint, you can give your magnolia leaf wreath the same nice matte, multi-colored look as the original!

And it will definitely cost you way less than ordering one from Magnolia.

Hey, maybe it will even help you lose weight by keeping your hands busy while you watch TV! If you’re painting, you can’t be snacking! Right?!  😉😂

DIY magnolia wreath with painted leaves

Supplies

Note: You have a few options for magnolia leaves to use for this project. You can use magnolia stems, garlands, packaged individual leaves or even a cheapo magnolia wreath.

Here’s what you’d need to make the wreath:

Instructions

1. Lay out all your supplies on a surface you don’t mind getting paint or hot glue on. I used some of my brown Kraft/butcher paper roll taped to my kitchen island. That way I could listen to music, watch TV or even make dinner between steps! 

2. Separate each leaf from the stems, wreath or garlands if needed. 

DIY Magnolia Wreath supplies

3. Mix 6 shades/colors of paint using your craft paints onto a paper plate or other suitable dish. You’ll want 3 brownish shades and 3 greenish shades. I used Decoart Americana in Dark Chocolate and Antique Gold as well as Craft Smart in Olive Green. The colors I used were:

  • 100% Dark Chocolate
  • mix of 50% Dark Chocolate + 50% Antique Gold 
  • mix of 75% Dark Chocolate + 25% Antique Gold
  • 100% Olive Green
  • mix of 50% Olive Green + 50% Antique Gold
  • mix 75% Olive Green + 25% Antique Gold

4. Paint all your leaves with your mixed paint colors. While painting, periodically look at the original Magnolia wreath to see the color mix.  It’s amazing that there’s actually such a variety of color when you really look at it. Let dry. 

painting magnolia leaves for a wreath

5. Once your painted leaves are all dry, add a little color variation by sponging on an accent color (a lighter green on green leaves, or some brown on green leaves, etc.), paying particular attention to the ends of the leaves where the lighter color is more concentrated. Let dry. 

sponge painted magnolia leaves

6. Then simply affix all your leaves (pointed in the same general direction) using hot glue to the grapevine wreath. Work your way around the wreath, filling it well from side to side as you go. Make sure you step back every once in awhile, or hold your wreath up to make sure there are no gaps. If there are, fill them in with more leaves. 

ready to glue leaves on diy magnolia wreath

gluing magnolia leaves on grapevine wreath

Video Tutorial

 

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Printable Magnolia Wreath Tutorial

DIY magnolia wreath with painted leaves

How to Make a Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $100 or less
Everyone loves the Fixer Upper faux magnolia leaf wreath, right? Here's how to make one for less that looks just like the original!

Materials

  • faux magnolia leaves (see note below)
  • 12″ grapevine wreath
  • matte acrylic craft paints – a sunset color, nutmeg brown color and ivy green color
  • Kraft/butcher paper (optional)

Tools

  • small paint brushes
  • sea sponges
  • tin snips or floral scissors
  • glue gun and glue

Instructions

  1. Lay out all your supplies on a surface you don’t mind getting paint or hot glue on. I used some of my brown Kraft/butcher paper roll taped to my kitchen island. That way I could listen to music, watch TV or even make dinner between steps! 
  2. Separate each leaf from the stems, wreath or garlands if needed. 
  3. Mix 6 shades/colors of paint using your craft paints onto a paper plate or other suitable dish. You’ll want 3 brownish shades and 3 greenish shades. I used Decoart Americana in Dark Chocolate and Antique Gold as well as Craft Smart in Olive Green. The colors I used were: 100% Dark Chocolate, mix of 50% Dark Chocolate + 50% Antique Gold  mix of 75% Dark Chocolate + 25% Antique Gold 100% Olive Green mix of 50% Olive Green + 50% Antique Gold mix 75% Olive Green + 25% Antique Gold.
  4. Paint all your leaves with your mixed paint colors. While painting, periodically look at the original Magnolia wreath to see the color mix.  It’s amazing that there’s actually such a variety of color when you really look at it. Let dry. 
  5. Once your painted leaves are all dry, add a little color variation by sponging on an accent color (a lighter green on green leaves, or some brown on green leaves, etc.), paying particular attention to the ends of the leaves where the lighter color is more concentrated. Let dry. 
  6. Then simply affix all your leaves (pointed in the same general direction) using hot glue to the grapevine wreath. Work your way around the wreath, filling it well from side to side as you go. Make sure you step back every once in awhile, or hold your wreath up to make sure there are no gaps. If there are, fill them in with more leaves. 

Notes

Note: You have a few options for magnolia leaves to use for this project. You can use magnolia stems, garlands, packaged individual leaves or even a cheapo magnolia wreath.

Here’s what you’d need to make the wreath:

Hang and enjoy! 

Where to Display Your Finished Magnolia Wreath

You can hang a magnolia wreath just about anywhere you’d hang a regular wreath. Some examples include hanging your wreath on:

  • an inside or outside door
  • a mirror
  • a fireplace mantel
  • a window
  • the back of a chair
  • a bookshelf
  • a kitchen cupboard door

But, you can also hang a magnolia wreath with a tobacco basket on the wall or even in a farmhouse style kitchen on the range hood cover! 

diy magnolia leaf wreath tobacco basket

I played around with putting my magnolia wreath on a tobacco basket on the wall for a super farmhouse look. 

DIY Painted Magnolia Leaf Wreath Tobacco Basket

I even tried this look on the range hood cover, over the stove. 

magnolia wreath tobacco basket range hood cover

And, without the tobacco basket as well. 

farmhouse kitchen magnolia wreath on range hood

I’m not sure which look I like best. What do you think?

Magnolia Wreath DIY with Painted Leaves

What do you think? This version is so much more realistic than other DIY magnolia leaf wreaths, yes?


More Pretty Home Crafts

Check out some of my blog friends’ fall crafts below. Be sure to go visit them and share the ones you love! 
 

Today I’m excited to be joining a group of 25 other talented bloggers who are also sharing a Fall DIY or Craft project! Hop over to see what my friends are sharing…

Sweater Pumpkins at The Happy Housie // Chinoiserie Pumpkins at Shabbyfufu // Wire Basket Bundt Pan Pumpkins at Bless’er House // Plastic Fall Fruit Makeover at Craftberry Bush // Pumpkin Topiary at Inspiration for Moms

Forest Pine Candle at Setting for Four // Wooden Trough at Deeply Southern Home // Thrifty Magnolia Wreath at Home Made Lovely // Pumpkin Vase at Amber Tysl // Autumn Watercolour Place Cards at Finding Silver Pennies

Wooden Pumpkin at The Turquoise Home // Cotton Wreath at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia // No-Sew Burlap Table Runner at Jenna Kate at Home // Cute Pumpkin Plants at House by Hoff // Fall Flannel Quilted Pillow at TIDBITS

Hoop Wreath at Lolly Jane // Tiled Coffee Table Tray at In My Own Style // Pom Pom Garland at Modern Glam // Acorn Garland at Jen Woodhouse // Hello Fall Pillow at Love Create Celebrate

Silk Fall Floral Arrangement at Town and Country Living // Simple Fabric Pumpkins at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer // Soy Candles at The DIY Mommy // Lighted Pumpkin Bucket at Clean and Scentsible

Handprinted Pumpkin Pillow at Hallstrom Home // Corn Husk Pumpkins at Paint Me Pink // Fall Glam Candle Wreaths at Summer Adams

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