Thursday, December 6, 2012

Southern Style Magnolia Wreath with Wood Monogram

Nothing says Southern Style more than magnolias and a monogram!
 I created this wreath for my new friend Julie. And we both loved the way it turned out!
I started out with a 12" Wood Wall Monogram. 
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After lightly sanding the wood monogram with some steel wool, 
I painted the whole thing with this gold craft paint. 
 I grabbed some magnolia branches from a tree in Julie's yard.
 I love the smooth vibrant leaves! They were so easy to work with.
While I was collecting leaves I walked all over these pinecones 
(I just looked that up and much to my surprise, it's called the Magnolia Flower Pinecone!)
I grabbed bunches and bunches of these berries.
I don't know what these are called, but I love red; the pop of color is just what I needed!
  Okay, I have to figure out what these berries are called... before you even ask!
 I think they are Pyracantha – also called Firethorn, a member of the Rosaceae (rose) family.
Back to the wreath! I made this simple cardboard wreath form. 
I knew I wouldn't find anything like it at my favorite stores. 
Besides, I've got a lot of extra boxes lying around!
 Now I forgot to take a picture of the 5 sticks of hot glue 
I went through in adhering all the leaves to the front and the back of the wreath. 
Layers and layers of Magnolia leaves!
 A couple sprigs of the "Pyracantha" berries and the Magnolia Pinecones.
 I attached the monogram with some wire (hiding under part of the Magnolia leaf) 
and hung the whole thing up with bright red Christmas ribbon!
It wasn't quite what I envisioned, but I love it!


  1. I love it!!! I jumped up and down and squealed like a little kid on Christmas morning.. Moral of the story - if you have a super creative friend, trust her and let her WOW you!

  2. Beautiful Chessa!! We have pyracantha in our yard and what do you think I use to help decorate for Christmas?? Yup the berries! And I have magnolia trees too….Hmmmmmm, maybe someday I'll make a wreath when my trees can spare a few branches! Thanks for sharing a great project!

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