Paper wreaths are perfect for holiday decorating
I love the look of multiple wreaths holiday decorating. There are many pinterest pins of beautiful kitchens with each cabinet door adorned with a tiny, perfect boxwood or rosemary wreath.
I’d love to do this in my kitchen, but I know making that many of the same item will tire me out, and not be as much fun as I hoped. Plus I’m not sure how fun it is to have a wreath swinging around as you open and close the doors to make meals. Especially breakfast, before you’ve had any coffee 😉 .
However, a set of 4 small holly wreaths made from paper are within my funzone, and are perfect for hanging on a stair railing.
To create your own set of mini holly wreaths, you will need:
- 3 Sheets (8.5 x 11) green lightweight cardstock. They can all be the same color, or vary them as desired.
- 1 small scrap of red lightweight cardstock. (Or if you save all your paper weeding shapes, you might have enough red dots in your stash to skip cutting this part)
- Glue or glue stick
- Ribbon, twine or yarn for hanging
Cut the files
I’ve created a Silhouette Studio file that contains the holly leaves, the wreath shape with the hanging holes and the circles for creating the berries.
Cut the two different sizes of leaf shapes and the wreath backer out of the green paper. Cut the circles for the holly berries out of red paper.
Each wreath needs 7 large holly leaves and 7 small. Fold the leaves in half before gluing them down to give the wreath more dimension. To keep the dimension, don’t glue them flat down – just apply the glue in a center stripe and refold them as you push them down to adhere. I glued the large leaves down first, and then added the small leaves in a second layer.
Add the red circle berries as desired.
Thread yarn/ribbon/twine through the loops and hang. On my stair railing, I added a plaid ribbon bow at the top to hide where I tied them to the baluster.
The first week of December is always holiday decorating time at SuzerSpace. We especially like outdoor lights, but because we both don’t enjoy being on the roof, we never hang them there. We go the easier route of wrapping the bushes and putting up some oversize lights in the flowerbeds.
A Holiday Light Paper Garland fills the back window nicely, and the way the files fit together, there’s room to create a bunch of matching mini gift tags.
To create this holiday light paper garland and matching gift tags you will need:
- 1 sheet (8.5 x 11) each of Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue light weight cardstock (so four sheets total)
- 2 sheets of Black Card stock (8.5 x 11)
- Black yarn/twine/string
- Glue, glue stick or glue dots. Or a really tiny stapler
Cut the files
Download the cutting files – I’ve saved them as Silhouette Studio files and as a PDF in case you want to cut them by hand
Cut the Light Bulb shapes on each of the colors of the cardstock. And then cut the two different bulb ends on the black card stock.
For the garland, fold the each bulb end in half and sandwich a colored bulb piece at the end. Staple them together, being sure to catch all three parts in the staple, and try to keep the staple straight since this will determine how the bulb will hang on the string.
When all the bulbs are complete, thread your yarn/twine/string through both slots on the bulb end and then spread the bulbs evenly across the length of the string. I attach my garland to my back window by tying a loop at each end and putting those loops over two push pins I have stuck in the top of the window frame. The pins nearly invisible at that height.
For the mini gift tags, the assembly process is the same, except I used glue dots to adhere the bulb end assembly to the light piece. If you have a tiny stapler, that would work, tool.
I will thread them onto the ribbon on the gift packages as I wrap them, and add the person’s name in Sharpie on the colored bulb part.