Good morning everyone! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. After two weekends away, I was finally home. Which means I was able to complete some fun DIYs and recipes that you'll see this week.
As I wrote here, I was fixated on having a magnolia wreath this year. We didn't get a tree, so this was going to be my big splurge. My mom (whose dad was a florist) warned me that magnolia leaves were out of season and therefore fairly expensive. However, I had seen a lot around the city (both at florists and on people's homes) so I figured they couldn't be that bad. I went into a flower shop near my apartment and asked them for a magnolia wreath with a few dried eucalyptus berries in it like this.
They said no problem. It would be 24 inches wide (perfect for an apartment door) and take two to three days. "Great," I said, "How much will it cost?" and then, I swear on my life, they said "$250 without any extras" (aka berries). To which I said, "Oh, no thank you."
And that my friends, is the joy of living on the Upper East Side.
Tiny violins played all the way home. And then I got over it. I let the wreath idea go and declared that we wouldn't have any decorations this year. However, a few days later I had a brainstorm. I had passed a stand that sold wreathes (for $20) and bunches of magnolia leaves. I asked the guy how much they were and to my delight he said $10. So I bought one of each and headed home.
I figured this couldn't be rocket science and with a little trial and error I was able to assemble my own.
Start by cutting up your magnolia branches. I tried to cut them at their natural breaking point, so there were a few leaves on each stem.
Then, find the wire that is holding your existing wreath together. Inch the branch into place until it feels secure. I picked a wreath that had a mix of greens because I liked the texture, but you could also do this with a plain evergreen wreath.
Continue working your way around the wreath. Rotate the leaves as you see fit. Some of the leaves may fall out as you go. Just save them for the end and you can stick them in anywhere that looks sparse.
When you're done, you'll have a beautiful magnolia wreath for a total of $30. That will leave you with $220 to use re-evaluating why you live someplace that charges $250 for a wreath.