Holiday Decor | Magnolia Garland

Creating your own holiday decor from items in your backyard {or your in-laws}is cost effective and provides a classic, custom look for your home.  This project only took a half hour!
To start, print and cut this Martha Stewart template on card stock.  I took the liberty of increasing it to the appropriate size for you.
Staple the pieces together 1-2 times, but leaving a small gap between them.  This allows for movement.
Next, using cut magnolia leaves, working from the bottom up, glue the leaves to the card stock 3 at a time.  I glued one face down and 2 face up for some texture and added color.  Add each set an inch to 2 inches above the previous set.  
For the pieces that will hang down, use a ribbon rather than card stock.   

I hung mine using one of my favorite products-3M Command Strips.  No, they don’t pay me to endorse them {unfortunately!}, but they hang well and are easy to remove after the holidays are over.  Did I mention they won’t remove your paint or leave a sticky residue? 

I connected my strands with a hole punch and ribbon bows.  This garland would also look beautiful along a bannister!

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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply December 9, 2011


    Are these fresh-cut magnolia leaves? Or are they preserved? I have a southern magnolia tree in my back yard and have been wanting to create something like this!

  • Reply December 9, 2011

    Julie Blanner

    These are fresh. They even look beautiful as they dry over a few weeks.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Hi there! You were found on Pinterest! Love this garland. You mentioned in your blog that you went ahead and created the right size template. Is there a link for it? Thank you!!:)

  • Reply December 1, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    I’m sorry, I didn’t save it, but do share a lot of free printables on my blog, so make sure to check them out! I enlarged the Martha templates (link above) and it was so easy!!! Enjoy!

  • Reply December 1, 2012

    Thank you Julie!

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