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Labor Day is over and the fall season is here! Today I’m sharing my first fall project of the year, a Magnolia Wreath Styled for Fall.
This wreath is on my screened porch which serves as the main entrance to our house. We have a front door but the only person who uses it is the mail man! Since this wreath is on our porch, we will see and enjoy it when we are entering or leaving our home. Our screened porch is also easily seen from the street, so I hope that the many people who walk or drive by our home daily will enjoy it.
I’m sharing my wreath as part of a Fall Ideas Tour. You’ll find links to all of the projects shared this week at the bottom of this post.
This is what you have to look forward to:
Monday – Mantels
Tuesday – Tablescapes
Wednesday – Wreaths
Thursday – Printables
Friday – Porches.
I’ve so much enjoyed the mantels and tablescapes shared on Monday and Tuesday and can’t wait to see the wreaths shared today and the printables and porches shared on Thursday and Friday.
Magnolia Wreath Styled for Fall
I typically make a fall wreath using a grapevine wreath form but this year wanted to do something different. I made a Magnolia wreath just like I often do at Christmas and added fall stems and florals to it. Since Magnolia dries nicely, this wreath will last all fall and I may even be able to save it for next year.
This wreath wasn’t hard to make and if you have Magnolia available in your area, you’ll be able to easily make a wreath like this for your home.
Fall floral stems (Mine are from Michaels)
18″ Wire Wreath Form
1. Cut Magnolia.
You will need a lot of Magnolia. After I used all of the stems in my tote, I had to cut more to finish my wreath.
Cut end pieces that look pretty. Bypass any that don’t have a full set of leaves or those with holes in the leaves.
Cut the pieces so that they are all about the same length and so that you have plenty of Magnolia stem to wire to your wreath form.
Pull off the bottom few leaves from each stem.
2. Wire Magnolia to the wreath form.
Attach wire to the wreath form.
Then wire Magnolia to the form one bunch at a time. Be sure to wrap the wire around the form several times to hold the stem in place. In the picture below, I have added four stems of Magnolia to the wreath form.
Continue adding Magnolia until the wreath is full.
Tip: When it is time to add decorations to your wreath hang it so that you can see exactly how each item will look as it is added. When a wreath is decorated while flat on a table, it often looks different when it is hung on a door or wall.
3. Add Fall Florals
I cut the stems off of the three fall blooms that I purchased and wired them to the back of the wreath individually. I then added in sprigs of the fall filler above and below the flowers, wiring each stem to the back of the wreath.
Enjoy Your Wreath
I love how the fall florals and foliage that I chose complement the brick wall on our porch.
The wooden crow hanging to the left of the door is a DIY project from last fall.
If you are a regular here, then you know that I love vintage and I also love to decorate with items that I inherited from my grandmother. My grandmother pressed and preserved the maple leaf and made it into a card when she lived in a nursing home. I’ve displayed it every fall since she gave it to me many years ago. The gold maple leaf is from Vermont. I display it all fall and then on our tree at Christmas.
Would you believe that this pumpkin is from fall of 2015? I cleaned and waxed it after I purchased it in 2015 and stored it in our basement. It was still good in 2016 and now is being used again in 2017. I picked up the pine cones that look like roses under a tree at nearby Randolph College. The green vase is a Goodwill find.
I save my gourds each fall and dry them in my basement over the winter. Since I’ve done this for years, I have a large collection of dried gourds to use for fall decor.
I spend a lot of time on this porch, especially in fall when the temperatures cool down. This gorgeous pillow is from Emory Valley Mercantile. The throw is vintage and belonged to my grandmother.
The pillow on the chair to the right is from Walmart as is the one on the bench with the Mason Jar. I found them in the outdoor section and they were just $5 each. The lumbar pillow is an easy DIY and was made using inexpensive flour sack dish towels. I’ve grown tired of my teal bench but will embrace it’s color until I have the energy to give it a new paint job.
I hope today’s post has inspired you to make a fall wreath for your home.
Be sure to check out the ideas shared each day this week!
Mantels on Monday
Tablescapes on Tuesday
Wreaths on Wednesday
Printables on Thursday
Porches on Friday