How to Make a Magnolia Christmas Wreath

Fresh Magnolia Wreath makes a festive statement.
Fresh Magnolia Wreath makes a festive statement. | Source

When you've a friend with a large Magnolia tree, you know just the thing to do when it comes to Christmas. You make a Magnolia Christmas wreath. Not only is it free (yay, you've got a generous friend) but magnolia leaves make a stunning Christmas wreath. The glossy green with the gold underside of the Magnolia leaves instantly lend itself to the Christmas color scheme. So, if you happen to have a Magnolia tree in your yard (yes, I'm jealous) or you have a friend or neighbor with one, you can easily make yourself one or two or more. Nobody is counting and you can give it away as Christmas gifts. Let's get started.

Materials for Making Magnolia Wreath

Get these ready before you start:

  • Bunches of Magnolia leaves.
  • Peddle Wire
  • Wire Wreath (you can choose varying sizes)
  • Ribbon (make a bow or use it to accent the wreath)
  • Ornaments, if desired


Method:

Secure peddle wire to wire wreath. Wind it around a few times and knot it before proceeding.

Secure peddle wire to wire wreath.
Secure peddle wire to wire wreath. | Source

Lay the first branch on the wire wreath and secure it with peddle wire. Be sure to pull the peddle wire tight and secure with at least a few rounds of binding branch to the wire wreath.

Secure a branch to the wire wreath.
Secure a branch to the wire wreath. | Source

Add another branch slightly below the first branch in the same direction. Secure branch to wire wreath. The trick is to make sure your branch covers the wire wreath, so watch out for too much space between branches.

Keep adding  branches and securing.
Keep adding branches and securing. | Source

Keep adding branches of magnolia and when you reach the end, secure it tightly. You can add accents to the wreath to make it even more festive. Ornaments, ribbon, pinecones are good choices.

A complete circle of magnolia leaves.
A complete circle of magnolia leaves. | Source

Still unclear? Watch this video:

More Ways to Use Magnolia Wreaths:

Hanging the wreath on the door is a great way to greet guests. You can also use it as a centerpiece. Add a candle or candelabra to ring in the season of lights.

A Magnolia centerpiece will lend itself to any table setting.
A Magnolia centerpiece will lend itself to any table setting. | Source

You can also use a bunch of single magnolia leaves to make a garland. You can use this garland to drape the fireplace, the stairs or as a runner on a long table. Or you can make a centerpiece like I have done (shown below).

String magnolia leaves into a garland and transform them into a centerpiece.
String magnolia leaves into a garland and transform them into a centerpiece. | Source

History of Christmas Wreath

Wreaths have come to represent holiday decorations but how do come into being? Did some genius come up with the idea to hang a wreath on the door to lend festivity? As with most things rooted in tradition, there's usually a story behind it and the Christmas wreath is no different.

And as history goes, there is often more than one school of thought. One theory suggests that the people of the Greco-Roman society would wear wreaths on their heads as way to show their standing in life: it represented their occupation, their rank and status. Hmm...kind of like how people make assumptions about your social status by the kind of car you drive, except appearance may be deceitful. Laurel wreaths were also used to crown victors in sporting events. This tradition is still observed in Olympics games.

Another story is rooted in more practical beginning. About 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus, pagans made wreath from evergreens to show that if nature can preserve through the harsh winters, then, surely humans can too. To further embellish the idea of continuance of life (comes spring), they also used four candles, representing earth, water, wind and fire to symbolize the circle of life.

By the 16th century, Catholics and Protestants alike have adopted this tradition and adapted it for the Christmas celebration. The advent wreath became into existence. The Advent wreath consists of 4 candles in a circle of evergreens with a fifth candle in the middle. To count down to Christmas, a candle is lit every week until the 5th candle is lit on Christmas' eve to commemorate the birth of Jesus.

Today, the Christmas wreath adorns door, windows, or are used in centerpieces.

© 2015 anglnwu

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Chantelle Porter 12 months ago from Chicago

Great article. I love this craft idea. Shared.


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whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

Very informative and festive my friend. Well done and well received. whonu


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anglnwu 12 months ago Author

Chantelle Porter, glad you liked it.


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anglnwu 12 months ago Author

whouuwho, thanks for your positive comments. Much appreciated.


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whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

You are very welcome my friend. whonu


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RTalloni 8 months ago from the short journey

Magnolia wreaths make beautiful wreaths all through fall and winter, but your Christmas design is a beautiful example of using them during the holidays.

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