How to Make a Magnolia Christmas Wreath
If you have access to a magnolia tree, you know just the thing to do when it comes to Christmas: make a magnolia Christmas wreath. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it's also free. The glossy look of green-with-gold-underside of the magnolia leaves lends itself to the Christmas color scheme.
So if you happen to have a magnolia tree in your yard (yes, I'm jealous) or you have a friend or neighbor who has one, you can easily make yourself a wreath or more. Nobody is counting! And you can give them away as Christmas gifts. Let's get started.
What You'll Need
Get these ready before you start:
- Bunches of magnolia leaves
- Peddle wire
- Wire wreath (you can choose varying sizes)
- Ribbon (make a bow or use it to accent the wreath)
- Ornaments, if desired
How to Make a Magnolia Wreath
Step 1: Secure peddle wire to wire wreath.
Wind it around a few times and knot it before proceeding.
Step 2: Lay the first branch on the wire wreath and secure it with peddle wire.
Be sure to pull the peddle wire tight and secure with at least a few rounds of binding branch to the wire wreath.
Step 3: Add another branch slightly below the first branch, in the same direction.
Secure branch to wire wreath. The trick is to make sure your branch covers the wire wreath, so watch out for too much space between branches.
Step 4: Keep adding branches of magnolia and when you reach the end, secure it tightly.
You can add accents to the wreath to make it even more festive. Ornaments, ribbon, pinecones are good choices.
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Ways to Use Magnolia Wreaths
Hanging the wreath on the door is a great way to greet guests. You can also use it as a centerpiece. Add a candle or candelabra to ring in the season of lights.
You can also use a bunch of single magnolia leaves to make a garland. You can use this garland to drape the fireplace, the stairs or as a runner on a long table. Or you can make a centerpiece like I have done (shown below).
The History of the Christmas Wreath
Wreaths have come to represent holiday decorations but how do come into being? Did some genius come up with the idea to hang a wreath on the door to lend festivity? As with most things rooted in tradition, there's usually a story behind it and the Christmas wreath is no different.
And as history goes, there is often more than one school of thought. One theory suggests that the people of the Greco-Roman society would wear wreaths on their heads as way to show their standing in life: it represented their occupation, their rank and status. Hmm...kind of like how people make assumptions about your social status by the kind of car you drive, except appearance may be deceitful. Laurel wreaths were also used to crown victors in sporting events. This tradition is still observed in Olympics games.
Another story is rooted in more practical beginning. About 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus, pagans made wreath from evergreens to show that if nature can preserve through the harsh winters, then, surely humans can too. To further embellish the idea of continuance of life (comes spring), they also used four candles, representing earth, water, wind and fire to symbolize the circle of life.
By the 16th century, Catholics and Protestants alike have adopted this tradition and adapted it for the Christmas celebration. The advent wreath became into existence. The Advent wreath consists of 4 candles in a circle of evergreens with a fifth candle in the middle. To count down to Christmas, a candle is lit every week until the 5th candle is lit on Christmas' eve to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
Today, the Christmas wreath adorns door, windows, or are used in centerpieces.
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