Yesterday, the magnolia tree beside the house was blooming; today, it’s covered in snow! All the more reason to love Patty Schaffer’s beautiful, DIY Magnolia Wreath. Here’s her secret – she’s used a silk magnolia leaf garland, so this wreath will last season after season, no matter what the weather. Here’s something else I’d like to share – I actually got to meet Patty a few weeks ago! Yay! Read on for the DIY on this Spring Magnolia Wreath and my little road trip.
To make a Spring Magnolia Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Magnolia leaf garland, 6-ft.*
- Magnolia leaf garland with blossoms, 6-ft.*
- Fabric, ¼ yd.
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; pins
*Hobby Lobby carries magnolia garlands, and the other craft chains probably do, too. Patty ordered her garland from Save-on-Crafts.
To make a Spring Magnolia Wreath:
- Cut fabric into 2” wide strips. Wrap the strips around the wreath to cover the foam. Use pins to secure ends.
- Cut apart the garland so that you have individual leaves and small bunches of leaves.
- Pin and glue the leaves to the wreath. Work around the wreath in one direction, and overlap the leaves as you go.
- Arrange and then pin and glue in place two – three magnolia blossoms and buds.
- Optional: Add ribbon loops and tails around the blossoms, and secure with pins.
- Loop ribbon through the wreath for a hanger.
Patty has made many beautiful wreaths, and you may be familiar with her famous spring grass wreath. That’s how I first met Patty – when I saw her cute spring wreath on Pinterest, I reached out to her to see if she could create a similar spring wreath for Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’m so glad she said “yes”!
I was on the road a few weeks ago and I knew I would be in Patty’s neighborhood. So we had a quick meet up at her aunt & uncle’s greenhouse, Hickory Grove Greenhouses. Patty showed me some of the wreaths and other arrangements she makes for the greenhouse – all beautiful, of course! We also had a peek into the walk-in cooler, packed from floor to ceiling with potted bulbs that would soon burst into bloom.
Patty makes beautiful crafts from paper, too, and you can see many of them in her etsy shop, P.S. it’s in the details.
We had a few more fun stops on our road trip, including the Jello-O Gallery Museum in LeRoy, New York. Back in 1897, carpenter Pearle Wait created a fruit flavored gelatine dessert that his wife named Jell-O. He sold the trademark in 1899 for $450, and you know the rest of the story!
Another day we stopped in for lunch and browsing at An Unlikely Story, the bookstore and café owned by Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Who else loves to browse bookstores? The shop has a terrific line up of author talks, too – I wish I lived closer!
Back at home, what a difference a day makes. Here’s my blooming magnolia tree, taken yesterday before the snow fell. It’s a very tall and gangly tree, and oftentimes, the weather zaps the buds before it can bloom. At least it bloomed for a brief while this year.
And here’s the same view this morning! Crazy, right?
At least Patty’s Spring Magnolia Wreath will keep on blooming! Is there a spring wreath hanging on your front door?