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DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

Learn how to make this easy DIY magnolia leaf wreath with orange slices for just a few dollars! Let’s get started!

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Do you remember the wreath I made a couple of months ago with corn husks I found while out on my morning walk?

That wreath was never intended to save and use again. So I took it apart and salvaged the wire wreath frame. Even if I had to buy a new wreath frame, they cost practically next to nothing!

Supplies for a magnolia wreath project laying on a table including, wire frame, burlap ribbon, dried orange slices, fresh magnolia leaves and hot glue supplies.

Let’s go over the supplies you will need for this gorgeous, almost free, magnolia wreath with dried orange slices.

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step one: dry the orange slices

The first thing to do is slice and dry the orange slices. I’ve done this before so I won’t go into too much detail. But I will say that this time I used a mandoline slicer to slice the oranges. They came out much thinner so they dried quicker in the oven.

If you use a mandoline to slice the oranges, keep in mind that the blade is very sharp. As you get toward the end of the orange, use a fork and gently push the orange through the slicer.

You can see how I dried orange slices in the post below. Just click the button!

step two: gather the magnolia leaves

The next step is to gather your magnolia leaves. We have a magnolia tree on our property so I headed out with my pruning shears.

The branches were full of leaves so I only needed a couple of branches. I also snipped a couple of branches that had the cones or the seedpods. I am not sure what they are called. If you know, let me know in the comments!

The leaves came off of the branches very easily. In minutes, I had magnolia leaves all over the place!

Metal tool caddy filled with supplies to make a magnolia wreath including lots of magnolia leaves and dried orange slices.

step three: prep the wireframe

Wrapping the burlap around the wire wreath frame gives the perfect surface to glue the magnolia leaves. If you don’t have burlap ribbon, you can use scraps of fabric. Anything you have on hand that would create a surface that the glue can adhere to will be perfect.

step four: attach the magnolia leaves

Next, I started gluing the leaves around the wreath frame. You will see in the video below that I worked backward, layering the leaves as I moved around the wreath.

step five: attach the orange slices

Once all of the burlap was covered, I started to add the dried orange slices. I tested each orange slice first to see what areas of the slice would touch the leaves. I applied the glue to the areas that would make contact.

The beginning of an easy diy magnolia leaf wreath showing leaves, orange slices and glue gun.

step six: more leaves!

The next step was to add another layer of texture and color by adding leaves that showed the underside of the leaf. On my magnolia tree, the underside of the leaves is a rich chocolate brown with a velvety touch. They kind of feel like suede!

Close up view of back side of magnolia leaf showing the brown velvety surface with magnolia wreath in the background.

step seven: attach the cones

Of course, I couldn’t stop there. Remember I said I gathered a couple of the magnolia cones? I arranged three of them into a cluster and then attached them to the bottom of the wreath. Be sure to secure the cones well, they are heavy!

Then I added more leaves to cover the stems and the twine that I used to attach the clusters.

The cones had a beautiful color but I wanted to enhance the color just a bit. I used Dixie Belle Mouse in Garnet. It added a bit of shimmer. You’ll see that step in the video later in the post.

lady attaching a bundle of magnolia cones to the wreath.


last step: add a hanger

The last step is to add a hanger. I looped some heavy twine around the wireframe and tied a knot! BTW, I had to cut through the burlap on the back to access the wireframe.

Lady showing the back of a magnolia wreath and how she attaches the twine for hanging.

YouTube video

If you are like me, then you like to watch the process of projects. So here is a video I made for you! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel while you are there!

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DIY magnolia leaf wreath

Isn’t this easy DIY magnolia leaf wreath gorgeous?? It was inexpensive and easy to make and the results knocked my socks off!!

You might notice that some of the oranges have a dusting of cinnamon on them. Before I baked them, I sprinkled cinnamon on some of them. The house smelled amazing while they were drying in the oven!

Close up view of easy diy magnolia leaf wreath with orange slices hanging on the wall with a frame.

Currently, I have the magnolia wreath with orange slices hanging on the front door. It’s a lovely way to greet any friends and family that come over. Or at least the mail carrier and UPS driver!!

I brought it inside so that I could get some good images without the glass glare that our front door creates. It will be going right back to the front door as soon as I finish this post!

Easy Diy magnolia leaf wreath hanging on the wall with berry garland draped on a frame, red candles and Nandina plant.

What do you think of this wreath? Would you hang it on your door or would you find the perfect spot inside your home?

Side view of easy diy magnolia leaf wreath with red candles, white ironstone pot, fresh greenery and blue bowl filled with red nandina leaves.

more inspiring posts!

Wreaths are such an easy way to say ‘welcome’ to friends and family when they stop by! Here are a few more wreaths that are inexpensive and easy to make!

I’m hoping to create even more inexpensive wreaths for you in the coming year!

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13 Comments

  1. Leslie Watkins says:

    Love this wreath! I never would have thought about adding oranges to the magnolia…that may be a January project for a great winter door. Merry Christmas!

    1. I would love to see yours if you make one! It would make a great wreath for January!

  2. Cindy this looks lovely, and would be perfect on the door or in the house all winter long. Merry
    Christmas!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this wreath. Combining dried orange slices and magnolia leaves is genius!! Thank you for sharing this with.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Anna!

  4. This is gorgeous Cindy! I have a new appreciation for magnolias after seeing them in TX this year. It’s too cold here for them. I’ve been buying fresh bundles from Trader Joe’s to get my fix.

    1. Trader Joe’s has the best fresh florals! I wish we had one 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

  5. Cindy, I just love this wreath. I bet it smells good too. Now, I need to find someone that has magnolias leaves that I can get for free. This wreath is just beautiful.

    1. So glad you enjoyed this wreath! Keep your eye out in your neighborhood and be ready with a plate of your amazing cookies!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, my friend! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Renae! I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Paula! It was so easy to make too!

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