Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.

News Flash! The first day of fall is September 22! That means it’s time to start getting your fall plans in place.  I’m all giddy because I do love pumpkin spice, wool plaid and the smell of fireplaces burning. My pinterest boards are full of great fall decorating ideas and fall-inspired recipes if you need a little help to get your ‘Fall on!’?? But first, check out the Magnolia and Oyster Shell Fall Wreath I put together to get fall going on in my home.Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.

I was challenged by Ariel at PMQ for Two to come up with a fall wreath that was outside of the box and shied away from the traditional orange and acorns.

That wasn’t a problem since I’ve been looking for ways to use my stash of oysters that I acquired for my recent Oyster Shell Clusters. And since I live in coastal North Carolina in ‘oyster territory’ and September begins oyster season, I thought it was fitting to use oysters in my fall wreath.  

I also incorporated other local flora and fauna in my wreath with Spanish moss, magnolia leaves and magnolia seed pods. Pheasants are found in my area as well, so their feathers needed to make an appearance in my wreath.

This was an easy wreath to make, and I’ll give you a step by step to show you just how easy.

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What You Need to Make a Magnolia and Oyster Shell Fall Wreath:

  • 24″ Wire Wreath
  • Magnolia Leaves.  After going back and forth for way too long, I finally decided to use silk magnolia, despite the fact that I have all the magnolia leaves I could ever need within 20 feet of my front door.  My decision to ‘go faux’ was because I hope to use the base of the wreath several times a year and it’d be nice to have it done the next time I want to put a magnolia wreath on my door. I purchased 3 Ashland Magnolia Leaf Bushes at Michaels,  which was just perfect for the 24″ wreath.
  • Spanish Moss.  I just went around the corner and pulled some off of a tree, but if you need to purchase it, you can find ithere.
  • Oyster Shells.  Try your local fish market and ask for their discarded shells.  But…if you need to buy them, here is a link.
  • Magnolia Seed Pod. Once again I was able to get these in my yard and I am shocked to learn that you cannot find them on Amazon! I think it’s a first. But you can find them on Etsy.
  • Florist Tape
  • Florist Wire
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Wire Cutter

How to Make a Magnolia and Oyster Shell Fall Wreath:

  • If you are using ‘fresh’ Spanish moss, then put it in the oven at 250° for an hour to kill any chiggers that may have taken up residence in it.
  • Because I was using the ‘faux’ magnolia leaves, I cut the bush apart to have individual stems.Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porc
  • Then I began taping the branches to wire frame. I attached the branches to the ring one in from the outside. I just went all the way around, having my branches all pointing in the same direction.

Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porc

Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porc

  • Once all the leaves are on, it’s time for the moss. Pull the moss so it  is in long strings as opposed to clumps and begin wrapping it around the wire base, making sure not to wrap the leaves. I glued it in places on the back of the wreath to secure it.Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.
  • Drill holes in the oyster shells, near the hinge end.
  • Cut pieces of wire approximately 10″ long. Thread the wire through the hole in the shells and then twist the wire as close to shell as possible. Continue to twist to make a wire pickIllustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.
  • Then attach the oysters to the wire frame.
  • Push a piece of wire through the magnolia seed pod and then wrap the wire around the stem and attach to the wire frame.  
  • Attach the feathers to the wreath, spacing as desired.

I really like the way this wreath game together, with the natural, more muted colors of fall and the pops of white from the oyster shells.

Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.

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Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.

So, if you’re starting to get your fall game plan set up, pin this idea to your fall board for future reference.Illustrated instructions to make a fall wreath using oysters, magnolia leaves, magnolia seed pods and pheasant feathers. Perfect decor for your front porch.

And…just because it’s your lucky day…I’ve teamed up with 16 other bloggers who also showcased their fall wreaths, so…you really have no excuse. Just saying. Check them out!

 

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21 Comments

  1. Ariel

    September 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Lynn, this is stupendous! I love the oyster shells, they’re an unexpected touch. Great job 🙂

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Ariel…and thanks for organizing us. So glad to have another use for my mountain of oyster shells.

      Hope your weekend is fantastic!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Kelli

    September 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I never in a million years would have imagined using Oyster shells on a wreath. They are an amazing addition to the magnolia leaves. It’s so beautiful!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Hey Kelli…if you have a mountain of oyster shells then you are looking for ways to use them…wreath? sure! Christmas decorations? sure! Halloween decorations? why not! Just joking…but…you never know.
      Thanks for swinging by today and leaving your kind comment.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend,
      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  3. Robin

    September 1, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Lynn, I absolutely love this wreath and that you tied in all kinds of regional flair! The oysters are my favorite part of it, and it’s really cool to hear that oyster season is starting up. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 2, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Hey there Robin… it was one of those kismet things since I had the oysters, truly just meant to be. Although I went faux magnolia, there is still a part of me that wishes I had used real leaves…but hen again, if I went real, there’d be a part of me that would say, ‘you should’ve gone faux’. That’s just how it is in my little brain world!
      Anyway, thanks for visiting today.
      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  4. Celeste | The Whole Serving

    September 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    This is so beautiful Lynn. Growing up in Georgia we had magnolia trees in our front yard and this reminds me of that those days.

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Good Morning Celeste! So good to see you here. I didn’t know you were a Georgia girl! Don’t you just love the magnificence of magnolias!? They are truly a lovely symbol of the south with their brilliant green leaves and oh-so fragrant blossoms. One of my favorite things about living in the South and I’d surely miss them if we move.
      Thanks for swinging by and wishing you a lovely day.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  5. Regina

    September 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    ???? So Beautiful ????❌⭕️❌

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Good Morning sweet Regina! I can always count on such kind words from you. Thanks for stopping by and I do hope your long weekend is fantastic!

      And I love the whales!!! And the flag of course.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  6. Kathy

    September 3, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, I love this unique combination of materials. It has a British Colonial feel to it. So romantic and eclectic!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Hi Kathy..thanks! It is very reminiscent of Williamsburg…in fact that was my inspiration. I had seen oysters and other local flora and fauna in the wreaths in Williamsburg, Va when I visited there years ago.

      Thanks for coming by and wishing you a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  7. Tammy

    September 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Lynn, What a beautiful wreath. I love the combination of magnolia and oyster shells. This wreath is stunning and could be enjoyed year round.

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 7, 2016 at 7:01 am

      Hey Tammy…thanks friend! My mom saw the wreath and fell in love with it, so now it’s hanging on her front door! But guess what that means…I get to make a new wreath! ?
      Thanks for swinging by today!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  8. Christina

    September 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Oh, wow! I would never have thought to add oyster shells to a wreath, but this combo is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 7, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Thanks Christina. As a diy-er yourself, you know how it is when you have ‘supplies’ lying around that you really want and need to use…Plus, I’m really loving oyster shells right now.
      Thanks for swinging by today and hope you have a great day.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  9. Holly McCall {McCall Manor}

    September 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    This wreath is lovely! The oyster shells just ‘make it’!

    Reply
  10. Chloe

    September 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I love this! I really like the addition of the oyster shells for a coastal feel! I am so glad you stopped by Celebrate and Decorate and gave me a heads up! Pinning this one!

    Reply
    • lynn

      September 17, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Hello Chloe, Thanks for stopping by today. And thanks for the compliment. I think I’ll be having quite a few ‘oyster’ projects coming up as I still have quite a pile of them. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  11. Karen

    November 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Lynn, thanks for posting this! I also live in Wilmington, and just happened to find your post for the oyster cluster balls and then the wreath as I was doing a Google search for oyster shell crafts. My family is hosting a post-Thanksgiving oyster roast, and I was looking for ways to incorporate the oyster shells into some kind of decor. Great ideas!

    Reply
    • lynn

      November 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Hey Karen! My fellow Wilmingtonian! I am so glad you found me and that I was able to give you a few ideas. If you ever need more oyster shells, I was able to get mine at Seaview Crab on Carolina Beach Rd.
      Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving Oyster Roast.
      Thanks again for coming by to visit.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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