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My $2 Magnolia Wreath

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This year my plans are simple when it comes to Christmas decorating.  And, I prefer to spend as little as possible on everything I do.  With that in mind, yesterday I picked up a wreath form from Micheal's that ended up being just over $2 with a coupon.



I took cuttings from our magnolia tree and began stripping the leaves off into a bucket to bring inside.


One by one I added the leaves to the wreath form using my glue gun - overlapping them as I went.


All season long I have been looking for just the right black and white stripe ribbon, but haven't found it.  However, I did have some black and white ticking left over from a failed sink skirt attempt.  So I cut it on the bias and stitched it up to use as a ribbon to hang my wreath.



 While I was in the mountains last weekend, I went into the woods and grabbed a bagful of fresh moss to arrange around my paperwhites.  I adore the green and white together!

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21 comments:

  1. that is sooo beautiful! i love it! natural and classic...

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  2. Stunningly simple, and low cost too, LOVE it!

    Cathy

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  3. I love the wreath, I love the bow, and oh yeah, I've always loved your dining room! :)

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  4. It's gorgeous! I love your fabric ribbon idea...I've been looking for black/white striped ribbon too and to no avail! :( You would think something as simple as black & white stripes would be easy to find! Oh well, the search continues :) Have a wonderful day!

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  5. I love magnolia leaves - they are so beautiful! The fabric ribbon is the perfect touch!

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  6. Great idea to make your own ribbon out of fabric. Love the natural beauty of the magnolia wreath!

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  7. Isn't it so amazing and wonderful what our minds can think up...way to go, it's beautiful! ;D

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  8. Beautiful, Rene! Very simple and elegant. Your fabric bow is the perfect touch.

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  9. very lovely. i love how simple and fresh it looks...good idea to make that ribbon out of fabric...gonna hafta borrow that idea from you! :)

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  10. This is really lovely! I adore *almost* free decor, especially the natural kind like leaves and such. Your home is beautiful :-)

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  11. So beautiful. You reminded me that we too have a magnolia tree. It's a bit hidden and somehow it always slips my mind. Magnolia wreath here I come.

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  12. Great looking wreath. So simple & beautiful.

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  13. Your wreath is wonderful! Good for you for making it yourself, that's awesome... and it's perfect for that gorgeous dining room!

    Cindy

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  14. I love it! And I love that piece of fabric sewn up to use for a bow - nice job. That space looks classic and quite lovely.

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  15. Love the magnolia wreath! Every time I drive past our neighbors house (which ends up being almost twice per day) I scheme ways to snag some cuttings. Like maybe I could volunteer to trim trees for free? :) Or trade for some christmas cookies? :)

    Also loving the holiday version of your placemats!

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  16. We just planted our first paper whites..moss around them..yes:)
    I love your simplicity..really
    the hohoho placemat is the perfect touch of whimsy and yes. I love green and white also.
    xo

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  17. It turned out geat! I don't think I have seen this part of your house. It is beautiful! The ribbon you used to hang the wreath is great too.

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  18. Rene,
    I love your magnolia wreath...how wonderful that you have one in your yard. I think I like your version of a black and white striped ribbon even better! It could not look more perfect!
    xo
    annie

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  19. Rene, thought you would like to know that I loved this so much I shared it today at Room Rx!
    Cathy

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  20. Sigh, I wish I could go outside and clip some magnolia here. Your wreath is great, and I think the fabric is even better than a ribbon!

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  21. when you find the perfect black and white striped ribbon let me know. i've been searching too. i found some but it was too expensive. i do love the ticking bow though!! so, i made the same vow this year, to keep the decorating simple. then i remembered that in july i agreed to host a Christmas party (tomorrow night) and all of a sudden I felt all sorts of pressure to make it super festive around here. next year, yes, NEXT year simple, simple!! your tree is gorgeous too!! xo, Tessa

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