Fresh Magnolia Wreath Tutorial
Magnolia Branches – cut more than you think you’ll need. (We cut enough branches to fill up a 55 gal garbage bag over half full)
Box Wire Wreath Form – any size (We used a 16″)
Floral Wire (Paddle Wire, wire that is wound around a card, all in one piece – not single wire pieces)
RG1364 Mississippi Printed Ribbon
RA128418 4″ Natural Jute Mesh Ribbon
Magnolia branches should be around 12″ in length. The fresh branches will only last a few days and there is a way to condition the branches to last longer, but it’s not something we did in preparation for this wreath.
Any branches that contain buds should be used on the inner ring and secured very well since they are quite a bit heavier.
We used a 16″ Box Wire Wreath Form. These are just plain inexpensive wreath form that are raised in the center, and have no twist ties. We added branches to the inner and middle rings.
Secure the paddle wire to the wreath frame and start with your first Magnolia branch. Lay the branch flat down the inner ring and start wrapping the wire around the branch, going around the entire wreath from. Wrap tightly several times starting about 6″ away from the tips of the leaves and gradually work down to the ends of the branch. You can wrap two branches at a time by placing a second branch along the middle wire and holding both branches, wrap the wire around the branches very tightly.
Take a third and fourth branch and lay the third branch down on top of the first branch positioning it over the wires where the first branch was attached. Lay the fourth branch down over the branch on the middle ring, staggering it just to where it covers up the previous wires.
Continue adding branches around the wreath until you work back to where you started. The branches will be layered around the wreath. Each new branch covering up the wires from the previous branch. To add in the last couple of branches, push the leaves out of the way from the first branches and secure the ends of your last branch. The leaves from the first branch should cover them up.
When the last branches have been added, snip the wire with wire cutters and secure the loose end around the box wire wreath form.
You can make a hanger for this wreath using wire (but double it a coupe of times), or you can use zip ties which are very sturdy.
Hang the wreath and step back and look. Check it for any loose branches that you might now have secured well and add in extra wire.
Branches with heavy buds might need a little extra securing.
Add a bow of your choice. This makes a beautiful, fragrant wreath for most any occasion. It will last for 3-4 days, maybe longer depending on the environment.
Once the leaves have died, you can just clip the wires, remove the leaves and use your wreath form again and again.
Here’s a great article on Conditioning Evergreen with Woody Stems. I’ve used the floor wax technique and it really gave a nice shine and coating to leaves. I’ve put floor wax in a spray bottle and sprayed the leaves and used them all through the Christmas season. They were getting brittle toward the end, but held up really well I though. I’ve also used the floor wax for Nandina berries to give the a glossy look.
Make a Bow
You can make a simple loop bow of the ribbon of your choice. Our bow was made on the Large ProBow bowmaker. Sorry we didn’t include that part in the video, but we will be doing some bow making a little later on. The ribbon we used was a 4″ Natural Jute Mesh which is completed wired and you can spread it out to a much wider width than 4″.
Layered on top of that was a new Mississippi ribbon that just arrive this week. We’re from Mississippi….so this was a must for our wreath)))
Hope you enjoyed our Magnolia wreath….we’re always proud to say we’re from Mississippi! So…y’all come on to the back porch and lets have a glass of iced tea)))
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