Pottery Barn Magnolia Wreath Tutorial

Thursday, December 3, 2009

You may remember the last time that I posted a magnolia wreath tutorial that I promised to also do a tutorial on the Pottery Barn version.  I made this promise not realizing that Southern Living was featuring this in the December issue.  A promise is a promise and wanting to keep my promise to you and selfishly wanting the wreath for myself, my mother I made one two yesterday.  We made a large wreath for her front door and a smaller one for over my fireplace.

Here's how:
Soak an oasis wreath form in water.  You may need to add water as you work with it and I warn you it will be heavy.  Simply insert leaves around the edge on the diagonal.

Once you finish with one layer do another until you have two complete layers of leaves.

The next layer of leaves goes on the inside of the wreath in the same diagonal direction as the outside layers.
The final layer goes on the surface of the form.  Alternate the leaves to show the front side and back side to get that pretty bronze color.


Here is the large one we made for my mother.  We had fun doing this in the rain.  Once the wreath was on the door we decided the urns needed a little something so with pruners in hand, we headed back to the magnolia tree.  Rain never stopped two wreath makers on a mission.

Here is the wreath we made for my mantle.  I still need to decorate the mantle, but at least the wreath is up.


  1. Those wreaths are AWESOME... but they would last 1 minute in the Minnesota cold! I will have to admire it on your door!

    Thanks for linking up today! : )

  2. Oh, I wish I still had a magnolia tree in my yard, but no. I used to use clippings in my Christmas tree after I spritzed w/a bit gold paint.
    I love the lushness of the wreaths. They are simply sumptuous!

  3. I have two magnolia trees and love them. Thanks for the wreath tutorial.
    Merry Christmas

  4. Teresa again- just a question...do you have any problems with water dripping from the wreath

  5. Thanks for the question Teresa and I wish that I had thought to mention that. Some water will come out depending on how much water you pour into it. I recommend propping the wreath up for a while if you plan to hang it inside. I never add more water to mine if they hang inside because I am too lazy and don't want to deal with the mess. Hope this helps and good luck!

  6. pk @ Room Remix
    That turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing it. Have a good weekend...

  7. Found your blog through Today's Creative Blog. You are so creative! Thanks for posting this magnolia tutorial. Beautiful!

  8. Your wreaths are just beautiful. I love magnolias.

  9. Fabulous wreaths! Love the way you used the magnolias for the urns, too! ~Rhonda :)

  10. this is great! i saw it in s.l. this month and have been tempted to ask my neighbor for some leaves.

  11. Do you think you could make one with dried magnolia leaves or would they be too brittle?

  12. Elizabeth, you could try it, but it may take a lot of patience because like you said the leaves can be brittle. Dried magnolia leaves are beautiful and would make a lovely wreath. Let me know if you try it.

  13. I made magnolia wreaths after hurricane Katrina because there were so many magnolia trees down. I made them using straw wreath forms and floral pins that looked sort of like big bobby pins. I put the leaves in individually or 2-3 at a time for a more sculpted look. They only cost about $5 each and I made them for friends and neighbors too. So easy and elegant. :) L. Ross Poplarville, MS


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