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DIY Magnolia and Eucalyptus Wreath

I found a simply way to update an old wreath I had. This year, I created this DIY Magnolia and Eucalyptus wreath in just a few minutes.

If you’re like me, a few years back, you bought a magnolia wreath with all the craze of the decor world was filled with everything Fixer Upper.

It was at the height of all things Magnolia and JoJo Gaines related, so wreaths weren’t at a low budget Jenny price that I liked. So I made a DIY magnolia wreath myself.

But before I get to the tutorial, I have a confession to make and I hope you don’t think I’m weird.

I love to decorate with Eucalyptus.

I mean – like – a lot!

Go ahead and search through my seasonal decor over the past 5 years. You’ll see a sprig of eucalyptus peeking out from somewhere to say “yup – still hanging around.”

I think it all goes back to our college days.

magnolia wreath with eucalyptus leaves hanging on a tobacco basket

Trent was sharing an apartment with one of our dear friends and bless him, he brought a huge percussion vibraphone-thingy that would only fit in the living room.

So my friend and I found a vase and slapped some dried eucalyptus branches in it and treated that monstrosity as an entry table.

Sigh. The beginnings of my budget decorating days!

Any who – all that to say – Eucalyptus. I love the stuff.

So I took an old wreath that I made a few years back (but never blogged about – yikes) and gave it an update.

With of course, some eucalyptus.

Now if you don’t have your own wreath to repurpose, no worries! I’m sharing how I made this one if you want to start from scratch.

Here’s how I did it and the supplies you’ll need to make this beautiful wreath.

DIY Magnolia and Eucalyptus Wreath

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magnolia grapevine wreath on a table with sprigs of eucalyptus


Wreath Form – I used a Grapevine Wreath
Faux Magnolia Leaves – I purchased a bundle from Hobby Lobby that had gorgeous glossy leaves
Mixed Eucalyptus Leaf Stems
Hot Glue Gun

So let me go back in time and share with you how I first made this Magnolia leaf wreath.

I hunt for wreath materials everytime I’m at a garage sale or thrift store, so I have a vast collection of grapevine wreath forms in my craft room. But you could always find one at your local craft store.

Or you could use a foam wreath form if that’s what you have on hand.

I don’t think a wire form would work, or it would be time consuming since you may have to use floral wire to hold the leaves in place.

I took a 12 inch grapevine wreath form and added faux magnolia leaves by using a hot glue gun and putting a dab of glue on the end. Attach each leaf to the wreath in a simple circular pattern until the entire wreath is covered.

Easy peasy, lemony squeezy.

If you notice, I varied the green leaves to show some of the fun brown undersides that are so beautiful on magnolia trees.

But after using it for a few years, I wanted to give it a fresh new look. And I’m loving this latest version!

adding sprigs of eucalyptus to a magnolia wreath

So to update it, I took some bunches of eucalyptus that I had of varying types – silver dollar, which are the big round leaves, and seeded eucalyptus which has the more pointy leaves.

I love to buy small bundles of the mixed eucalyptus for more versatility and ways to repurpose them in crafts and diys.

You could even add the baby eucalyptus which are the bundles of smaller leaves.

Simply add a touch of hot glue to the end and lift the magnolia leaves to tuck it into place. This simple update didn’t take a long time – just a few minutes.

That’s all there is to it.

magnolia leaf wreath with eucalyptus hanging on a tobacco basket

This makes me so happy!

I love the variations of greens and sitting on my favorite tobacco basket makes me swoon.

I have it hanging in my sunroom, which is my first fall wreath for the holiday season!

One thing to note – this method would not work on a fresh magnolia wreath. But give me a faux eucalyptus wreath any day and I’m a happy gal!

Not that I’m against fresh wreaths, but they don’t last very long in my hot, southern home. 😉 My 35 year old home isn’t insulated that well, but I digress.

white armchair next to a white lime washed brick wall with a tobacco basket and wreath hanging on the wall

So if you have an old magnolia wreath sitting around, give this DIY a Try before donating it to the thrift store. 😉

There are so many easy ways to update holiday wreaths for the fall season. And this one is a cost effective way!

Let me know if you decide to give this a try – I would love to see a pic!

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If this DIY isn’t for you, here are some similar wreaths you can purchase. Just click the image below.

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  1. Thanks so much, Julie!

  2. Jen,

    I love a beautiful wreath, and your DIY on this one is amazing!
    It looks so good hanging on your tobacco basket.

    Thanks for sharing.