Make a DIY winter wreath that has magnolia leaves, cotton stems, and leather with this step-by-step tutorial.
Are you looking for a non-Christmas winter wreath for your front door? I have the perfect solution, and it is a DIY winter wreath that has magnolia leaves and cotton on it. It’s a fantastic blend to make your door stand out this winter.
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DIY Winter Magnolia Wreath
- 14″ foam wreath
- three – 1/8″ leather lace (you’ll need 75 feet)
- super glue
- bunch of magnolia leaves
- two – bunches of cotton stems
- floral wire
- 5″ or 6″ burlap
- hot glue (optional- superglue will work)
- wire cutters
You can print the material list and instructions below.
If you need a visual person and need a video on how to make this magnolia winter wreath, be sure to check out my video.
STEP 1: Wrap leather around the foam wreath
Once your supplies are gathered, start by wrapping the foam wreath with the leather.
The easiest way I found to attach the leather was by super gluing the end of the leather to the back of the foam form. To hold the end in place, I used some scotch tape until the glue dried.
SIDE NOTE: You will probably have to glue new strains to the wreath.
After the end of the leather is attached to the foam wreath, start wrapping the leather around the form so that it is a single layer leather.
I found it worked best if I placed 16 single layers of leather. Then angle back and overlap 6 of the layers on the inside of the wreath. So the outside top will still be a single layer.
Repeat this cycle until the whole wreath is cover in leather.
TIP: Make sure to glue the new leather on the same side as the last time.
STEP 2: Bunch the magnolia leaves
Now that the leather is covering the wreath, its time to bunch the magnolia leaves together.
This is done by breaking down the bundle of leaves into smaller sections. Mine broke down into groups of three.
Then divide the sections into two equal piles.
SIDE NOTE: There could be extra leaves.
Take one of the piles and start layering the leaves into a bunch. Use floral wire to keep the sections together.
After take the other pile and bunch those leaves together the same way.
TIP: Cut away any extra stems.
STEP 3: Attach the leaves and cotton to the wreath
Once the leaves are bunched together, they can be attached to the wreath.
TIP: Make sure you have the glue from the leather as the back of the wreath.
Place one of the magnolia bunches onto the front of the wreath. Then place the other bunch onto the wreath so that the stems of each bunch are together.
Tip: You want a small gap between the two bunch, about two inches. So the stems will probably overlap.
Attach the bunches to the wreath with the floral wire.
Once the bunches are secure and look the way you want, take one of the cotton stems.
Place it over one of the magnolia bunches. Make sure to cut the stem so it only overlaps the gap where the leaves come together.
Then place the other cotton stem the same way.
Secure both cotton pieces to the wreath using the floral wire again.
STEP 4: Create a burlap knot
Now that the floral is secured to the wreath, you need to hide the gap where everything came together.
Initially, I was going to use a burlap bow, but that felt bulky to me, so I decided on a knot instead, plus its easier to create.
To create the burlap knot, cut the 5″ or 6″ burlap into a 30″ strip.
Wrap the burlap strip around the back of the wreath, so the ends are at the front in equal lengths. Then you are going to tie a half-knot.
TIP: You are wrapping around the gap where the stems come together.
To tie a half-knot, holding the ends of the burlap in each hand, cross the end in your right hand (end A) over the end in your left hand (end
Wrap end A so that it goes under end B and comes up again. Bring end A back over end B to form a half-knot, then tighten the knot.
Now wrap one of the ends to the back of the wreath. Fold the end or cut it so it will only be in the back. Secure the burlap into place with hot glue or superglue.
Wrap the other burlap end to the back of the wreath the same way.
STEP 5: Hang the wreath
The last step now is hanging your wreath, whether that’s above a mantel or front door.
To hang the wreath, take some more leather and wrap it around the wreath a couple of times. With a little slack, tie the ends together. Move the knot so that it can be hooked to hang the wreath.
TIP: I did this behind some leaves to hide the knot.
Then step back and enjoy the wonderful winter wreath that you made! Because it’s the perfect wreath for the winter season.
Don’t forget to see the other holiday door decorations from this challenge.
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Just in case you missed one of my other Deck the Home projects:
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- DIY Happy Holidays Wood Sign with lights
- Simple Christmas Hoop Wreath
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