If you have been following along on any form of social media recently, you’ll know that I am counting down the days until we move into our new home. (Follow A Hosting Home on Instagram!) Not only is this Rob and I’s first home together. But, we’re building it! With our contract closing date 5 weeks from this past Monday, we’re praying that the house is finished on time so we can move in over the Thanksgiving holiday. As impossible as that may seem from the progress photos, they’re moving fast! They are hanging dry-wall this week.
Needless to say, I’m beyond excited. How amazing would it be to spend the holidays in our new home? We may be eating Chinese take-out in a sea of boxes. But, none of that matters. I already picked out a corner for my Christmas tree.
Naturally, buying a home comes with budgets.
It’s hard to believe that this is really our first home to decorate and make our own. We went into our two rentals these past (almost) 2 years with the mindset that they were temporary. We didn’t want to invest in a lot of decor or new furniture until we found a home to plant our roots. So, there’s a lot of things that we want to do with this new house! I almost feel like I have Joanna Gaines and Liz Marie’s blog on speed dial over here.
However, naturally, buying a home comes with budgets. Not to mention, it makes both my planner brain hurt and my wallet cry thinking of doing everything at once. I really want to set up our home in a thoughtful and meaningful way with things we absolutely loved. In the end, we decided to take it one room at a time. Naturally, I decided to start with the front porch. After all, it is the first thing you see when you come to our house!
While you may have saw on Instagram Stories that we bought a new dining room set this weekend, I also got our front porch off to a great start with this gorgeous DIY Magnolia Wreath.
One thing you may not know about me is that I am a DIY queen. I absolutely love DIY crafts and re-finishing furniture. In fact, one of my favorite things I use to do in Texas was go to flea markets with my momma and flip stuff. I honestly haven’t had time to do much of anything DIY anymore because of wedding planning. So, when I decided to take a step back this fall to prepare for this move, I immediately made a list of projects I wanted to do.
One of those was to make a Magnolia Wreath for my front door. I’ve always been high-key obsessed with Fixer Upper, and I knew I needed as much of a Joanna Gaines vibe in my home as possible. While Magnolia Wreaths can cost upwards of $60 at Hobby Lobby and $98 at Magnolia Market, I knew I could make one I loved for a fraction of the cost.
Challenge Accepted. Who couldn’t use a wine craft night with the dog anyways?
DIY Magnolia Wreath
I must say, I think it turned out super cute. The leaves are a lot shinier in the photos than in person thanks to my dining room table lighting. It was super easy and took me less than an hour to do while watching the Texas A&M football game this past weekend. Not to mention, I only spent about $30 total on the supplies without the 40% off coupon.
- 3 Magnolia Leaf Bunches – 50% off $17.99 each
- Floral Stem Tape – $2.99 for 2 rolls (I only used one!)
- 20″ Wreath Frame – $3.99
Step 1: Pull off the Leaf Groupings
I didn’t use scissors for this project at all. I just pulled off the leaf groupings from the main bush/stem. You definitely want to have enough stem to tape to the frame. Not to mention, towards the end you’re going to need some length to touch up and stick in your final groupings. To get started, you’ll lay it on the frame and wrap the tape around the whole frame. (See below.) I just did about 2 inch sections the entire time. Try to wrap it as tight as you can without the tape breaking in order to keep all the groupings in place while you work.
Step 2 to Infinity: Repeat Step 1 with Overlapping Groupings
Basically for this entire project, you’re going to be repeating Step 1 over and over until you have worked all the way around the wreath frame. With the first grouping placed perpendicular to the wreath frame, I then alternated angling the groupings up and down in order to get a full look that had a lot of coverage. Place the next grouping on top of the first with the lower two leaves of the grouping about halfway down the first.
You’re going to want all of your leaves pointing the same direction, so continue to work around the wreath frame until you are back where you started. For the last few groupings, you’ll have to tuck the groupings behind the first to make sure you get a cohesive look. I had the perfect amount of leaves to make this wreath with no left-over.
I will warn you and say that this floral stem tape is not rated very well for a reason. It’s sticky. When I finished this project, I had sticky fingers that felt weird until I washed my hands a couple times. However, I still believe it’s better for this project than hot glue. Not only would you continually burn yourself trying to hot glue to this wire wreath frame. But, it’d be a pain to get it all placed properly. For my sanity and my poor fingers, I decided to stick with the tape. (Ha! Get it?)
I don’t think the floral tape would leave a sticky residue on your door. But, don’t take my word for it! For the sake of not wanting to risk it with our brand new front door at our new home, I put clear scotch tape on the back. It was super easy and not a big deal to do at all.
And, there you have it!
I hope you enjoyed this super easy and quick Magnolia Wreath DIY. Comment below with what you think of the finished product! Also, if you try it for yourself, I’d love to hear how yours turned out. Share your wreath images on social media and tag myself (@thecathynugent) or A Hosting Home (@ahostinghome) on Instagram!
Sara Johnson says
I love it!!! It is perfect for your new home, great job as always!!! Love Grandma Sara
Thank you, Grandma Sara! 🙂 It was so easy and fun to make! I’ll be making one for my mom next.
I love this! So pretty and I love the minimal design 😀
Thank you, Mimi! and it’s so easy to make yourself! 🙂
Ohhhh I LOVE this! Perfect timing – I’ve been wanting a magnolia wreath after seeing one on a home decor retailer’s website! And I love an affordable DIY project. Also, I completely empathize with your budget headaches after buying a new home! After buying our first home we’ve wanted to do so much with it and have had to do the same thing you are – update one room at a time, very slowly! It’s a labor of love, but totally worth it 🙂
Thank you, Maryal! This DIY is perfect – and looks better than a lot of the retailers’ magnolia wreaths in my opinion! If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes for you! 🙂
This is a super fun tutorial! I love it.
Thank you! If you end up trying to make one for yourself, I’d love to hear about how it went for you! 🙂
I love this! It looks really easy to do and versatile between Fall and Winter! 🙂
Right! I am all about having to change out certain decor as little as possible. 😉
Julie I Aloha Lovely says
I love it! Simple and modern. Will work for many seasons I think. Nice work!
Thank you, Julie! I think so as well – especially in the South! 🙂
This is so rustic chic! and seems simple enough for this not-so-crafty girl to give it a shot. Thanks for posting this! I’ll give it a shot after my travels and report back!