Holiday DIY | Magnolia Garland


It’s no secret by now that our mudroom is my favorite space to style for all of the holidays. I wanted to keep things simple this December since we’ve been spending most of our time over at the Loft project, and Magnolia leaves felt like a natural way to elevate the room.

First, I had to clean out the space, it’s become a package dumping ground. Once I had a clean slate, I picked up these fresh branches at Sendiks, a Milwaukee favorite. I love how they have a rich brown color on one side and the festive green on the other side. If you can’t find real branches, faux would work too!


Fresh or faux Magnolia branches
Nails (Originally I had hoped to hang the garland from sticky Command hooks but the branches were heavier than I had anticipated so I had to make some nail holes)
Foral Wire

After some trial and error, I found that the easiest way to hang the branches was to attach them together with the floral wire first. I used quite a bit of wire to keep them in place and create 5-ish foot long garland. I hammered in a few nails first, and then was able to hook the wire on the nails to keep it all in place. Once I had the perfect swoop, I hammered in a few more nails for stability. Make sure you have touch up paint to cover up the nail holes! If you don’t want all the holes, try a Command hook that can hold a heavier weight, the ones I had could not hold the weight of the garland.

I love these these gold nails and all the picture hanging supplies in the kit. Also, how stunning are these Brass Handled Steel Scissors?!

Ta-da! I love the natural flow of the garland and how it draws your eye around the space. This garland would also be beautiful on a fireplace mantle or footboard of an iron guest bed. Now it’s time to style up the space!

You might have seen on Instagram I challenged myself to decorate without using the traditional Christmas red. So I tried it both ways, which do you like better. Red or no Red?




  1. Deb says:

    This is so fresh! Red not necessary!

  2. Donna Marie says:

    I am partial to the red!!!

  3. Kitty says:

    Love it sooo warm n inviting.

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