How To Make A Seasonal Magnolia Garland For Your Fall Table

Beach house decorating fall magnolias

This weekend we spent up at the beach house and one could have almost forgotten that it was fall, except for the fact that Saturday was Halloween followed by turning back the clocks. 

french elegant fall lantern

Not ready for decorating for Christmas, I'm still enjoying adding touches of autumn to the tables at the beach and at home. I did some shopping over the weekend and picked up that huge zinc French inspired lantern at the Restoration Hardware outlet. It was on sale and then with 40% off it called to me and I loaded it in the truck with a few other small pieces.

magnolia garland diy craft

But back to why I'm still loving fall with planning for Thanksgiving where we will have everyone up at the beach house. Our farm table that I talked about building in THIS post is long and narrow and seats 8, and I generally style it with a garland running down the middle. Keeping it low allows every to see and engage in conversation.

fall decorating beach coastal table

On my early morning walk I passed by a couple of magnolia trees growing by the side of a road and helped myself to some branches. I couldn't grab enough to carry with me to make the long garland that popped into my head, but I did help myself to enough to drape in garland style down the center. 

Before I started working on the table I check for bugs and then I laid down a French grain sack runner to keep any dirt off the table top.

seasonal fall tablescape magnolia garland

Once I arranged the magnolia branches I shopped the beach house for a few things to add into the arrangement that looked beachy.


beach floats as table decor

A few old glass fishing floats in aqua and some silk velvet pumpkins from Love Feast Shop for that color that I love.


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In fall the bottom side of magnolia leaves turn a copper color that is perhaps the only bit of leaf color we see in the south this far down.

fall table setting ideas beach coastal

Vintage ironstone plates and some pretty and faded plates with gold trim that I picked up at a yardsale last year. Vintage white linen napkins, oversized acorns that I sprinkled with glitter and a few sea shells picked up just outside the door on the beach.

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beach cottage style decorating

How To Make A Seasonal Magnolia Garland For Your Fall Table

So far I'm loving the white pottery barn slipcovered sofas in the living room that I talked about in THIS post and they are holding up to people and the dogs.

stock flowers in a blue pitcher

My oversized pitcher from HomeGoods is filled with stock in the prettiest shades that I bought for just $7 a bunch at the market over the weekend.


fall decor with magnolia garlands

I'm going to try and see how the magnolias will dry out and whether I can use them for the Thanksgiving table, but honestly I have no clue at this point.

Have a great week!