Here’s an idea that may not require going any further than your front yard: Mix magnolia leaves and branches of berries in a rustic wooden container. Cut the leaves in bunches using floral shears; then secure them to a foam floral brick inside of the container. Next, camouflage the brick by layering the berries on and around it.
Known for its elegant, classic appeal, magnolia garland is popular with homeowners coast to coast. Although it’s considered nearly maintenance-free, there are a few tricks to ensuring your magnolia garland will last throughout the holiday season.
Add a festive touch to the seating area with a handmade organic garland. This all-natural version is made with a mix of twine, magnolia leaves and acorns. For an unexpected update, metallic paint is brushed onto the magnolia leaves.
Designer Gordon Dunning uses thistle and winterberry as punctuation on this gorgeous bunting of magnolia leaves ornamenting a staircase at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2018 Home for the Holidays Showhouse and Marketplace.
Fresh cedar pine, fir branches and magnolia leaves combine with fruit, pine cones and berries for an ultra-natural and festive look. Strands of gold beads add a surprising hint of color within the garland.
Just inside the back door of HGTV Dream home 2015, a convenient counter serves as a handy bar. A classic bouquet of magnolia leaves brings life into the space, while extra cabinets provide much-needed storage.
To decorate her Christmas table, designer Ginger Curtis creates an elegant scene with a piece of a tree trunk, Magnolia leaves and sprigs of Spruce trees, along with simple, wooden taper holders and clean, white tableware.
Evoke modern style in your home this winter with an all-white, minimalist display. This mantel is accented with white fireplace with a geometric mirror, silver candlesticks, white reindeer and a vase of magnolia leaves. A flokati rug draped over the base of the fireplace adds warmth and coziness.
A wreath with real cotton is illuminated by vintage lanterns on an Atlanta front door. Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan with Trinity Mercantile & Design Co. in Decatur, Ga., used cotton and magnolia leaves as natural elements in the front entryway and throughout the home for their MIssissippi-themed holiday decor.
After Christmas, those once festively adorned spaces on tables and in bookshelves may feel empty. Warm up the winter months with hints of natural greenery, especially in shades and textures that differ from traditional holiday hues. “Greens are a soft accent for the house,” says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina. Here, she used reindeer moss that is preserved to give it that chartreuse color, but you can also forage items, such as magnolia leaves, from your own yard.
Fill pitchers with flowers. Spread fresh or preserved leaves around center of table to create a "living" runner. Magnolia, lemon and eucalyptus leaves are all great options. Mix a few different varieties for texture and color.
Magnolia grandiflora is a broadleaf evergreen tree that is noted for its attractive dark green leaves and its large, extremely fragrant flowers. It typically grows to 60 to 80 feet tall with a pyramidal to rounded crown.