Today's craft for the 12 Day Craft-Along is the Holly and Ivy Paper Wreath. The first project in this series was the Autumn leaf wreath made with colored oak leaves. This is a similar project, but maybe a little bit easier because it is hot glued to a grapevine wreath.
To make the pattern, I traced holly and ivy leaves from my yard. I was kind of surprised how big the larger ivy leaves were compared to the holly leaves. So I actually scaled down the ivy leaves a bit.
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You need the following supplies to make the Paper Holly and Ivy Wreath:
- Grapevine wreath
- Watercolor paper
- Distress spray stains:
- Polymer clay - Sculpey polymer clay
- Hot glue
- Glitter - Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter
- Way to cut out paper leaves - I used my Cricut Explore Air 2
Steps to Make the Paper Holly and Ivy Wreath:
- Download the pattern for the Holly and Ivy leaves
- Cut out the Holly and Ivy leaves
- Stain the paper leaves
- Hot glue the leaves to the grapevine wreath
- Make holly berries
- Hot glue berries to the wreath
- Glitter the berries, if desired
Below are more details on how to make the Holly and Ivy wreath.
First, download the pattern for the Holly and Ivy paper leaves
The pattern for the Holly and Ivy leaves is in my free Paper Glitter Glue library. Here's how you get the files. If you already have a password for the library, just go to the library and download the file. All the files in the library are in chronological order so you will find this file in the November 2020 section. The patterns are available as printable PDF files and SVG files for an automatic cutting machine like a Cricut.
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Cut out the Holly and Ivy leaves
For the leaves, I like watercolor paper because it takes stain so well. I cut it out with my Cricut Explore Air 2 using a scoring tool for the veins on the leaves.
If you are using a Cricut to cut out the leaves, the score lines are already attached. Here is how they look in Cricut's Design Space.
But you can easily use white card stock or even colored card stock for cutting out the leaves.
Stain the paper leaves
I just love the spray stains because You can get so much dimension from the spray stains. I didn't have a large variety of green shades on hand, so I used a brownish green (Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain) and a pretty standard green (Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain) for the ivy. For the holly, I just used the Mowed Lawn Spray stain.
Here are the stained ivy leaves. Fold along the scored lines for to give more dimension.
And below are the stained holly leaves. Again fold along the score lines to make the leaves look more leaf-like.
Hot glue the leaves to the grapevine wreath
First, arrange the leaves in a way that appeals to you. I liked the larger ivy leaves on the bottom with the smaller ivy leaves on top. Mostly I used the smaller ivy leaves towards the top.
Make Holly berries
The holly berries are easy to make. Just take a tiny piece of polymer clay and roll into a ball about a centimeter in diameter (less than a ½ inch). I used the Sculpey brand clay and baked them at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
Hot glue the berries to the wreath
Now figure out the placement of the berries and hot glue in place. Easy.
Glitter the berries, if desired
To make the berries a little more shiny, paint them with Mod Podge and sprinkle a little glue on top.
And that is how you make the Holiday Holly and Ivy wreath with paper leaves.
I hope you have fun with your creative endeavors. Take care.
Here are all the 12 Day Craft-Along Projects
- DIY Easy Autumn Paper Leaf Wreath
- Easy Tiny Paper Church - Quick Holiday Craft
- Tiny Paper Cottage
- Tiny Paper Barn - Quick and Easy Holiday Craft
- Make a Tiny Paper Swiss Chalet for Your Holiday Decor
- Make the Cutest Tiny House Holiday Garland
- Little Cottage Pop-Up Card - Make One for the Holidays
- Make a Paper Holly and Ivy Wreath
- DIY Christmas Fairy House - Paper Fairy House with Poinsettia Roof
- A Storybook Holiday Cottage for Christmas
- Easy Snowman and Scotty Dog Gift Tags
- Little House Gift Tags - From My House to Yours
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