Magnolia blooms are known for their huge, outstretched petals. And their large leaves are just as inviting and gorgeous. We have noticed a number of our favorite websites showcasing magnolia wreaths for the holidays (check out Terrain’s beautiful version), so we were inspired to create a DIY version that someone at any crafting level could accomplish! Plus, it never hurts to try out a more cost-effective option. Our magnolia leaf wreath incorporates a combination of floristic crepe and metallic text weight paper to create texture, depth, and a glossy sheen with a color scheme fit for the holidays.
Our line of floristic crepe includes three new shades of green, and we used the two darker shades (Pistachio and Pine) for this magnolia leaf wreath. You could also add in Spearmint or Gold Satin and Silver Bells crepe paper from our Winter Garden Collection. Just an idea—but we think those colors would make great accents for this wreath!
Once you decide on your crepe paper colors, you can choose your metallic papers. We used a mix of Fairway, Botanic, Copper and Antique Gold from our favorite source, PaperPapers. The only other material you will need is a wreath form, which you can find at your local craft store. We used a Floracraft® Make It:Fun® foam wreath as our base.
When you’re ready to start this project, print our SVG file or PDF template below. If you are cutting by hand, you can either print the colored leaves onto regular copy paper or print the leaf outlines directly onto the metallic paper and trim from there.
How to Assemble Your Magnolia Leaf Wreath
After cutting your leaves, you can start assembling them onto your wreath form using a low-temp hot glue gun. We used about 10 leaves in each paper, but this will depend on the size of your wreath form. Wreath forms come in a selection of sizes, but we usually use FloraCraft’s 12-inch forms.
Our best advice for adding your leaves is to have all the leaves moving in the same direction around the wreath. This will make the assortment look appealingly abundant, random, and natural. You can even add a crepe paper magnolia or two to your wreath if you would like!
You can craft this magnolia leaf wreath anytime. But we love it for Christmas because it combines holiday greens with warm metallics. For more holiday project ideas using foam from our friends at FloraCraft, take a look at their 2016 Holiday DIY Guide. Browse our Christmas section for more holiday décor ideas, and then head over to our membership page to start downloading our patterns and tutorials. Enjoy! ~ Lia and team