How to Make a Magnolia Garland for the Holidays

A few weeks ago, we got together with the editors on HGTV’s Design Happens and pulled off a holiday party. From place card holders made of sticks to handmade stockings, the style for this shindig was rustic and modern. Hannah, Kayla and I teamed up to tackle the bar, which could be deemed the most important part of a good party.

While Kayla handled the champagne accoutrements, Hannah took charge of the cocktails and vintage picture frames, and I created the hanging garland.

I can’t say that hanging the garland was an easy task, but I can vouch for how simple and inexpensive it was to make. I used green paddle wire ($1.59) and festive foliage from my yard. Aside from a hanging holiday backdrop, this project is great for stairways, mantels and table runners.


Step 1

 Open GalleryGather materials. Cut all of your branches before you start to wrap. For this project, I used pine and magnolia from my yard, but feel free to get creative.

Step 2

 Open GalleryBundle the branches. Gather two or three magnolia branches by the stems. These plush, leafy plants can be hard to work with, but it’s more manageable if you’ve got a few inches of stem on the end.

Step 3

 Open GalleryStart wrapping. Lay one stem on top of the other and wrap your garden wire tightly around both branches.

Step 4

 Open GalleryContinue wrapping. Add onto the end of each stem to continue building your garland until you’ve reached your desired length. 

Step 5

 Open GalleryDisplay your garland. We attached this garland to the wall, using garden wire and hooks, in three places. Hannah added a sentimental touch by hanging frames with childhood pictures. Check out my Holiday Cheer board on Pinterest for more inspiration.


  • Green paddle wire
  • Evergreen foliage, such as pine and magnolia (shown here)
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4 Responses

  1. Denise says:

    Wonder how long this would look fresh as it does in the pictures? Would you sray with water throughout the Christmas season? Looks wonderful gonna make it~

    • Virginia Moon says:

      Great to hear, Denise! Magnolia's actually stay fresh fairly long, at least through the holidays. If you plan to use it outdoors, in cooler temperatures, it will last even longer. Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Kelly Trimble says:

    Hey Virginia, Where do you get paddle wire? I've never used it before. This is gorgeous! Kelly

    • Virginia Moon says:

      It's also known as garden wire, and you can purchase it at almost any craft store. I got my wire at Jo-Ann's.

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