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How to Preserve Magnolia Leaves

How to Preserve Magnolia Leaves with Mod Podge for Home Décor
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  1. Angela says:

    Love magnolia wreaths!! How long did the leaves last with the mod podge method? Do they last any longer with the glycerin method?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Angela! They are about the same. The mistake though that I made with some of the Mod Podge leaves is that I did not let some of them dry completely after rinsing all the debris off. So, just make sure they are. It takes some time.

  2. Megan Bildner says:

    Sorry if you mentioned, how long did the color last with both methods? Thinking about using some for a diy wedding project and I’d like to know when to get started.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      If you are using them for a wedding, to be safe I would do it no more than 2 weeks prior. I say this because you have to make sure the leaves are COMPLETELY dry before applying the Mod Podge, or you will get some brown spots after about 2-3 weeks.

  3. Carol Eaton says:

    If you do everything correctly, how long do the leaves look good?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Carol! This wreath lasted several weeks! I did make a mistake on a few of the leaves, though (I didn’t let them dry thoroughly). So, I removed the brown ones, and spread the rest apart and it still looked great.

  4. Carol says:

    If you do take precautions and make sure they are thoroughly dried before applying the MOD Podge, how long will they stay a green color?

    I used glycerin and water with green food coloring a few weeks ago and although I feel they are in the process of being preserved (I will give them another week or so, not in a rush to use them) the leaves all turned brown, although pretty, I wanted them green!

    Before my husband cuts this tree down, (it was seeded by a bird dropping and is a wild magnolia that grew way to fast and taking over the garden) I will cut more off and MOD PODGE, if they stay green color and mi the 2 together!


    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Carol! Mine did stay green (other than the ones I mentioned that I didn’t dry all the way) to the point when I ended up discarding them several weeks later.

  5. Star says:

    I have a magnolia leaf that is already Brown and dried out it is beautiful just the way it is I would like to harden it and make it an art piece I have never done this before so I was just looking for some advice I would like to possibly make it as hard as glass

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      I do love the brown leaves too. Maybe you can coat it with something… clear acrylic glaze?

  6. Shannon says:

    Did the Mod Podge make them last longer than. Or doing anything at all? Thanks!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Shannon! My mistake on some of the leaves was rushing and not allowing them to dry completely before I applied the Mod Podge. But on the ones that were dry, they lasted quite a long time.

  7. Meredith Pelton says:

    Hi there, how long did the leaves last that did not get mod podged?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Meredith! They still lasted a few weeks without the Mod Podge, browning a little but still looked decent.

  8. I found trying to preserve these leaves are a waste of time and expense. Simply attach fresh leaves to wreath. The will still turn brown and get very brittle same as if the were not dried.

  9. Amber says:

    My leaves are turning brown after one coat while I am mod podging. Is there a time frame where the leaves need to be picked, rinsed, dried then the three coats applied to keep from turning brown?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Amber, honestly, I’m not sure! When I made this wreath, I applied the Mod Podge as soon as the leaves were dry.

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