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22+ Ways to Decorate with Magnolia Leaves

Magnolia Leaves are beautiful for home and seasonal decor. From everyday, to Thanksgiving & Christmas, here are 22 ways to decorate with Magnolia Leaves.

We have this gorgeous, massive Magnolia tree in our backyard. During the holidays it is free seasonal decor, right out our back steps. I may never buy faux garland again. Magnolia trees are speckled throughout our tiny town and are an iconic natural beauty in the south. This leaves me with plenty of magnolia leaves that I can use to decorate for the holidays for free!

22 Ways to Decorate with Magnolia Leaves for Christmas and Thanksgiving

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These rich, evergreen leaves can work for Thanksgiving, Christmas and more. Here are 22 ideas to get you clipping some Magnolia branches.

{note: yes, a few of these aren’t magnolia, but they still inspire me to go clip beautiful magnolia leaves from our tree}


22+ Ways to Decorate with Magnolia Leaves

Simply placed around several candles.

Holiday centerpiece with magnolia leaves

Hung in a chandelier.

magnolia leaves in a chandelier

Tucked in around pumpkins and gourds.

magnolia leaves with citrus leaves and pumpkins gourds as a centerpiece

Paired with traditional glass ornaments.

magnolia leaves with ornaments

In the shape of a cross.

magnolia leaves in shape of cross

Use them as place cards.

magnolia leaves placecards

Or as place cards at a table setting.

Elegant Christmas Table Setting with Magnolia Leaves Place Setting

Attach them to a tea bag as a simple favor for each place setting.

magnolia leaves favors

Tied around a lamp post.

magnolia leaves around a lamp post

Tucked beneath a lantern.

magnolia leaves lantern

Hung on the back of a wooden chair.

magnolia leaves chair swag

Tuck single leaves into an evergreen wreath.

magnolia leaves and evergreen wreath

Hang a swag on the front door with bright ribbon.

magnolia leaves swag hung on front door

Place across the top of the mantle.

magnolia leaves lining the mantle

Lay some garland, or a branch, down the center of a table.

magnolia leaves tablescape

Paint them in shimmery tones.

painted magnolia leaves

Stick several branches in an old wooden box.

magnolia leaves in wooden box

Wrap a candle with leaves.

magnolia leaf candle wrap

Arrange the leaves in a vase.

magnolia leaves in a vase

Arrange the leaves on a tray with candles, succulents, and pumpkins.

thanksgiving centerpiece with pumpkins and magnolia leaves

Line the steps with lanterns and leaves.

magnolia leaves on steps with lanterns

Tuck a single leaf inside cloth napkins with the menu.

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Create a garland for the mantle.

magnolia leaves mantle garland

A simple wreath with only a few leaves.

Simple DIY Magnolia Leaves Wreath

Decorate the top of a picture frame or chalkboard.

magnolia leaves atop a frame chalkboard


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22 Ways to Decorate with Magnolia Leaves


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Patricia C. Staples

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Preserve the leaves by painting the leaves( including the stem and outer edges) with Mod Podge

Lora Green

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I love this idea, Patricia! Thanks for sharing <3!


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

What is the best way to keep them fresh when putting in a wreath, swag or mantel. I live in Florida and use them all over my house year round. Would like to know if there is a way to keep them greener longer? Thank you for you help.

Lora Green

Saturday 30th of November 2019

That's a great question! I've only left them up for short periods, and haven't done anything to preserve them. There are some tutorials for "preserving magnolia" online, but they generally required more work/products than I wanted to buy for the short time we had our branches out. Sorry that I'm not more help! If you find out, I'd love to hear what you learn :)

Petrin Diaz

Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Oh!l. I love every project shown! Have an idea to hang a garland on a dry manzanita tree! Can you send to Puerto Rico? Or where i can buy these! I prefer dry ones! Thanks for your time!

Lora Green

Wednesday 17th of January 2018

I don't sell them, but search for dry magnolia wreaths or dry magnolia garlands - thanks!


Saturday 21st of November 2015

I love magnolia trees! Definitely going to need to do a few of these, thank you!

Saturday 21st of November 2015

You're welcome! Aren't there some beautiful ideas? How to pick? :)


Saturday 7th of November 2015

I am loving this! I grew up with a huge magnolia tree in my front yard and it was the first thing we planted when we moved into our home. Very beautiful ideas!

Sunday 8th of November 2015

Yes, they are such beautiful trees! I was so happy to have one when we bought this home.