10 Ways to Decorate with Magnolia this Christmas
Frame Your Front Door
Taylor started out by attaching 20 feet of faux garland to the doorframe and then hand-wiring magnolia branches to completely hide it. "It takes about three times more magnolia than you'd think," he says. Next, he frosted pinecones with white paint and attached them with wire to the garland in groups of three.
Spruce Up Your Bucket List
Arkansas designer Keith Taylor planted a pair of 2-gallon dwarf Alberta spruces in a 5-gallon bucket. Collars made from magnolia leaves that were placed one by one cover the base.
Wrap the Christmas Tree
A garland of large, glossy, green magnolia leaves is the perfect complement to the needleleaf foliage of a fir, spruce, or pine. Taylor's secret? "This is the 'do not tell' part of the story," he confesses. "All I did to connect the leaves was use duct tape on the back."
Mirror a Wreath
A magnolia wreath seems to float atop this dining room mirror. Taylor started with a 30-inch pre-made pine wreath and then twisted sprigs of cut magnolia into it. The wreath hangs on clear fishing line from a tack placed just above the mirror that's painted the same color as the wall.
Make Gift Tags
Use a silver or gold paint pen to write someone's name on a magnolia leaf, and attach it to a present with double-sided tape.
Swag Your Wall Hanging
Wire pieces of magnolia and pinecones to a faux garland (attached to the wall with tacks). Dangle pretty paper ornaments from ribbons.
Pretty Up Your Lamppost
This decoration consists of two magnolia branches—one standing up and the other hanging down to reveal both the green and brown sides of the leaves.
Jar Your Memory
All this arrangement requires is a branch or two of cut magnolia and a pretty jar. Taylor placed a white ginger jar atop this chest of drawers and inserted the branches into a bowl of water at the bottom of the jar. Just make sure the branches aren't so heavy that they pull over the jar.
Bowl Them Over
Place florist foam into an assortment of bowls on a buffet or sideboard, and stick individual magnolia leaves into it. Add height to the arrangement with a trio of small conifers—a dwarf Alberta spruce and two arborvitaes—that you can plant in the garden after a week indoors.
Mirror a Wreath, Part Deux
Once you've "wreathed" one mirror, you might as well go ahead and wreath them all! This one is built on a 16-inch wreath and attached to the mirror using a suction cup with a hook. The white bow and cream-colored roses echo the palette of the room. Combining them with lots of glossy magnolia doubles the impact.