Are you ready for Christmas yet? I have to confess that all of my decor is up and my first craft is complete, a magnolia leaf garland that I made for our big kitchen window. 

How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for your home for the Christmas holiday.

This window is one of the reasons why I love our little cottage so much. It lets so much light in and the view of the woods next to the house is beautiful. There’s nothing like it. I think we appreciate it so much because we had 2 small windows in our Illinois kitchen. Not only did they face North but they also looked out onto our neighbors back door, that was about 25 feet from our house. They were nice enough neighbors but they could sit on their deck and see everything we were doing. Needless to say we always had the windows covered.  

Anyway, last year I wanted to do something special to decorate our big kitchen window and bought a beautiful live garland. I loved it but it was expensive and, of course, it didn’t last long. (you can check out last year’s holiday kitchen here)

This year I wanted to use a garland again but I wanted to try magnolia leaves. I’ve used them in my decor before and they always dry beautifully, so you can keep them a bit longer.

I looked online and the prices for a magnolia leaf garland were way more than I was willing to spend. Our window is 8 foot long so we need something that’s about 13 feet in length.  Eeek…that equals a lot of money.

Not giving up on my plan (because those words aren’t in my vocabulary), I started looking into making my own. I don’t have a magnolia tree in my yard, and I don’t know anyone who does, so I bought a box on Etsy (affiliate link).

How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for a kitchen window for the holidays.

Yup, you can even buy a box of fresh magnolia leaves. 350 to be exact for right around $50. I know…it would be better to get them for free. Maybe I need to plant a magnolia tree in our yard. 

I’ve never done this kind of craft before but figured out a plan and, as soon as they arrived, the hubs and I set to work wrapping 350 magnolia leaves.

Supplies for a DIY Magnolia Leaf Garland 

    • magnolia leaves (we used about 325 for a 13′ long garland)
    • floral wire
    • natural covered craft wire
    • wire cutters
    • work gloves


This was really easy to do but it did take some time. We ended up spending about 2 hours, over the course of 2 evenings, to make our garland.

How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland.

We started out by wrapping 3 leaves together using floral wire. Once we got a good pile going, hubs continued wrapping while I started attaching each trio to the covered craft wire. 

How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for a kitchen window for the Christmas holiday.

There was no measuring involved. I just started attaching them so that the stems all faced one way, about 1 1/2″ apart. The goal was to hide the stems and wire. You’ll notice too that this is a flat garland. Meaning that there is only one pretty side. I would have loved to do both sides but it would have been difficult to hang it in the window (and the hubs would have killed me šŸ˜‰ ).

Make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for a kitchen window for the holidays.

I didn’t wear gloves to do this but I recommend them, if you can. The floral wire really did a number on my fingers. 

A little tip about the natural covered craft wire I used. Hubs wanted me to use cotton string we already had but, with that big expanse and the weight of the leaves, it probably would have stretched and drooped. I thought it would be wiser to use the covered wire and I was really glad that we did. It was inexpensive and easy to use. There’s no worry about it drooping either. 

Make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for the holidays.

I would have liked it to be a bit fuller but I love how it turned out. Maybe next time I’ll put my trios closer together and experiment with using the top and underside of the leaves.  
 
They’ve already started to dry and turn color. That’s what I love most about magnolia leaves.
 
How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for a kitchen window for the Christmas holiday.
 
How to make an easy DIY magnolia leaf garland for a window for the Christmas holiday. 
 I don’t want to share too much of the Christmas kitchen just yet, although the window does take up most of the space. šŸ˜‰
 
I’ll be joining in with a group of bloggers next Friday, Dec. 2, to share the rest of the space. Next Tuesday, Nov. 28, I’m hosting a special 1 day tour with 4 of my blogging friends. I hope you’ll come back to check it out.
 
It’s going to be a busy week with Thanksgiving on Thursday, but I’ll be back on Wednesday to share some holiday shopping goodies.
 
I’m joining in with some of my blogging friends for fun link party. Make sure you check out all of the creative Christmas decorating ideas at the bottom of the post.
 
Hope you have a great day!
 magnolia leaf garlandHow to make this easy DIY magnolia leaf garland to decorate a kitchen window for the Christmas holiday.
 
 
creative christmas link party
 
The Creative Christmas Link Party is hosted by Janet of Shabbyfufu and the the bloggers of Blogging 50. Please visit all of the talented bloggers below! 
 


 
 
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Today I’m joining in with a talented group of bloggers, the DIY Housewives, to share some of our very best past posts in the hopes that we can inspire you. Every month we will have a different theme, and this month all about cozy decor. After all, it is that time of year when we all crave cozy, right?

12 awesome cozy decor ideas and inspiration for your home.

When I think of cozy decor, I immediately think of my house all dressed for the holidays. If you’ve been reading Chatfield Court for a while then you may recognize our guest bedroom from our Illinois house. I had so much fun adding color, texture and lots of greenery to give this favorite room that cozy feel. You can see it all dressed and cozied up with Christmas color, here.

12 cozy decor ideas and inspiration to help you decorate you home.

12 cozy decor ideas and inspiration to help you decorate you home for the season.

After you’ve checked out our cozy Christmas bedroom, make sure you stop by the rest of the DIY Housewives to see their cozy decor. I know you’ll feel inspired to cozy up your own space.diy housewives 12 cozy decor ideas

 

Cozy decor ideas and inspiration to help you decorate your bedroom for the holidays.

You can also find me at Between Naps on the PorchWorthing CourtSavvy Southern StyleFrench Country Cottage

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It feels like I just got done writing September’s musings and here we are at the end of October already. We’ve got a lot to cover, including a confession, so let’s get right into our Cottage Musings for October.

Projects 

It seemed like it was an “all fall” month at the cottage. We started out the month with a full week of Fall home tours. (you can see our fall home tour here) So many beautiful homes were shared. I hope they inspired you to decorate your home for fall. 

I also shared our fall front porch with 5 tips for creating a welcoming outdoor space. (you can read about it here)

A fall front porch for this month's cottage musings for October 

Our last fall project was an easy fall centerpiece with a thrifted antique mirror. (read more about it here)

An easy DIY fall centerpiece for this month's cottage musings for October.

I was able to sneak in an update on the guest bedroom closet with new wallpaper. I’m loving the way it turned out. (check it out here)

A new closet and wall paper in this month's cottage musings for October.

What We’re Working On

Of course we’re working on the powder room, and getting oh-so-close to finishing it. I’m also thinking ahead to Christmas. I’ll be decorating the cottage and, hopefully, doing a few easy holiday crafts. It’s definitely going to be a crazy, busy 2 months. 

What I’m Loving

I usually try to pick out few new tops in the fall but, sadly, I haven’t found any that I like. I did replenish some of my makeup, though. I don’t wear a lot in the summer because it’s just too hot. When fall comes around though, I like to try a few new products. I’ve just gotten this new eyeshadow (affiliate link), a new concealer and eyeliner. Once I give them a good go, I’ll let you know how I feel about them. I’m pretty picky (I know…shocker) so it takes a lot for me to stick with something. 

What We’re Watching

We’ve actually been too busy to watch a lot of tv. I’m a huge sports nut so I still try to catch the football games and I’ve been enjoying the playoffs and World Series. There are a few shows that I’d like to catch but they’ll have to wait until baseball is over. 

A Little Teaser

I have been keeping a little secret and I’m almost ready to share. It’s something that the hubs and I have been talking about, and wanting to do, for a long time. I’m hoping to share it with you all in the coming weeks.

What’s On My Mind

Hmmm…talking about DIY is so much easier than talking about my feelings. šŸ˜‰

Ok…no beating around the bush. Let’s just get it out. 

Blogging has been a tough road for me lately. I’ve been doing this for 4 1/2 years now and, although I have my ups and downs with it, this has been an especially difficult time. I got into this for the love of DIY and home decor but the business side has been kicking my butt lately. There are page views to keep up, social media, learning photography, gaining readers and then losing them… So much to worry about, which has left me feeling discouraged. My goal was never to become rich and famous blogging. I just wanted to share my love of DIY and help with our household expenses and the cost of my projects. It sounds easy enough but it’s definitely been a tough road. 

The idea to stop blogging has definitely crossed my mind. I’m not ready to give up and take that step, but it has occupied my thoughts.  

I don’t want to whine about how tough I have it because I know I’m so fortunate to be doing what I love. I am beyond lucky to have such a supportive husband and I feel blessed to have all of you come and visit me every time I post and leave me such awesome comments. I have always been honest with you and wanted you to know what’s been going on in my world.

Phew…I’m so glad to finally get that off my chest.

Thank you all, as always, for listening…and reading. ā™„Pretty fall flowers for Cottage musings for OctoberIf you want to check out our past musings, you can see September (here), August (here), and July (here).

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One of my favorite things to do when fall comes around is to decorate our front porch. It’s not an overly large space, but it is covered and cozy and the perfect spot to enjoy the fall weather. Instead of just giving you a tour of our favorite place to hang out when the weather turns cool, I thought I’d share my 5 tips for creating a welcoming fall porch.

Add fall color

I usually keep my fall color pallet pretty simple by picking one color and spreading it arounds to a couple of different spots on the porch. This year I chose yellow with a small touch of burgundy. Of course I kept my ferns, that I got in the spring, because they are still full and pretty. 

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to a front door wreath.

5 easy and inexpensive tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums, pumpkins and candles.

 Dress you front door

Nothing says welcome like a pretty fall wreath on the front door. You could always make one and personalize it to your taste, but it doesn’t have to be homemade, or complicated. I made our wreath this year, here, but there have been more than a few times I’ve used a basket and just added branches of leaves from the trees in my yard. It’s quick, easy and cheap, and adds a bit of fall color to the front door.

Not feeling crafty? There’s plenty of places to pick one up. Not everything needs to be handmade. 

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with yellow mums to a simple front door wreath.

Create a cozy spot to sit 

Our porch isn’t a large space but we are able to accommodate seating for two. I like to bring a couple of pillows out from inside and a throw for those chilly fall nights. Even adding fresh flowers or a vase with branches from the yard will add to the cozy feeling. It’s our favorite spot to hang out or talk with neighbors when the weather turns cool. 

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests by adding a cozy seating area.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to a cozy seating area

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with yellow mums to a cozy seating area with pillows and a throw.

It’s ok to use faux candlelight and pumpkins

I’m all about using the real deal to decorate but sometimes it just makes sense to use faux. For instance, I love to see candles flickering at night on our front porch. When we’re outside enjoying the space I light real candles but when we’re not, faux does the trick. You get the same effect without the worry that the house will burn down. I feel the same way about using faux pumpkins. Fall stretches through several weeks and it’s still warm in North Carolina. There’s no way real pumpkins are going to hold up so I pull out the faux. I usually buy a big pumpkin right before Halloween, but that’s it.  

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums to candlelight.

Keep it simple

Creating a welcoming fall porch doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With the exception of the 3 mums and 3 sunflowers, everything I used to decorate the porch this year I already had. 

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with mums and pumpkins to a front door wreath.

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall porch for your guests from adding fall color with fresh sunflowers to a cozy seating area.

I’m so ready to enjoy our little fall front porch. The mosquitos eat me alive as soon as I walk out the door so I haven’t been able to enjoy the porch all summer long. I have a feeling that we’ll make up for it during the next several weeks. šŸ˜‰

How do you decorate your porch for fall? Any tips to add to the list?

5 tips and decorating ideas for creating a welcoming fall front porch for friends and visitors.

 

I’ve also shared my fall home tour, here, and a mirror turned fall centerpiece, here, if you want to check them out.

A Welcome Fall Home Tour with tons of fall decor inspiration and ideas to help you create a warm fall home. Welcome Fall Home Tour 

Create this DIY fall centerpiece with pumpkins and a thrifted antique mirror. A thrifty and easy fall decor idea. Easy Fall Centerpiece with an Antique Mirror

 

You can also find me at Between Naps on the PorchWorthing CourtSavvy Southern StyleFrench Country Cottage

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