Ever since we moved into our house, I’ve been trying to decide what type of garland and greenery to decorate with at the holidays. The ubiquitous pine ones just don’t seem to make sense in the south. This year I’ve finally decided on Magnolia and I’m not sure what took me so long. This simple tutorial shows how to preserve those beautiful glossy green magnolia branches with glycerin.
Glycerin can be found in the soap making section of your local craft store or the hair-care section of your pharmacy.
Preserved Branches Tutorial
- Cut branches with leaves
- Fill a vase with 1 part glycerin, two parts water. Stir the Mixture.
- Give branches a fresh cut with garden shears and lightly crush the ends with a hammer to reveal the veins.
- Arrange the branches in the glycerin solution. Place them out of direct sunlight. Magnolia branches may take about a month to absorb the glycerin.
This is the third day into our twelve days of handmade Christmas crafts countdown. Come back tomorrow for some more holiday tutorials.11 Likes