DIY Christmas Holly Garland

Because I did not have enough to do these days, I decided to make a garland using only materials that I had in my house. On Monday, I gave you a look at the finished product; here is the step by step of how I did it. So, without further ado, here is the DIY Holly Garland brought to you by Crème.

DIY Holly Garland

My original plan was to print a holly template onto a stiff green paper,but then I could not find the paper I was sure that I had. Also, when I googled “holly templates” I just found them too generic.

In the end, I drew holly leaves freehand on three green folders I had in my file cabinet. I really liked that they were darker on one side as real leaves are. I made the leaves different sizes.

Drawing leaves for DIY Holly Garland

As you can see, I was not very particular about how I drew them or cut them out.  I did this while watching a movie. It was nice to do something other then correct papers for a while.

Cutting out leaves for DIY Holly GarlandCutting out leaves for DIY Holly Garland

Next, I cut out the red berries. I did not even try to draw those first. I just tripled up the paper and cut small circles. This would have been much easier with a hole punch.

Cutting out berries for DIY Holly Garland

I bought this thick twine several months ago for another project that I still have not started. It is nice to know that it is getting put to some use.

Twine for DIY Holly Garland

The next step was to draw lines on the leaves and fold them in half to give them more dimension.

Leaves for DIY Holly Garland

I separated the leaves into small, medium and large and glued the largest leaves to the twine with a hot glue gun.

Leaves for DIY Holly GarlandLeaves for DIY Holly Garland

Then, I laid out the leaves and the berries to make sure that I had enough. I did not and had to make several more.
Laying out the leaves and berries for DIY Holly Garland

Finally, I was done!

DIY Holly Garland

The garland looks great draped over the mirror behind the Christmas tree. It gives the space a little something extra in my opinion.

DIY Holly Garland draped over mirror

However, if you are looking for other uses, here are a couple. Feel free to use the garland as a boa to your next holiday party. It might be hard to imagine since I am in sweats and slippers in the picture, but this could be a great look with a sheath dress and heels, no?

DIY Holly Garland as boa

Or you could drape it over a sofa. I’m not sure why you would do this, but you could.

DIY Holly Garland on sofa

You could also put it across the table as a centerpiece. Crème voted for this use, but it was only so that she could play with the garland. I prefer to hang it far out of her reach.

DIY Holly Garland as table centerpiece

How would you use the garland?

DIY Holly Garland

Happy Holidays and Happy Homemaking!

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I am a teacher, traveler, artist, writer, homemaker and a whole lot more. In January 2009, I bought the Cape of Dreams. It was the second house that I had ever owned, but it was the first that I bought by myself. I now live in the house with my husband Douglas, our dog Kahlua, and Crème de Menthe, the cat. Because, what life is complete without a little Kahlua and Cream? I love arts and crafts of all kinds, and I refinish furniture as well. We are slowly redoing our entire house. You can read about my projects on my blog

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5 comments on “DIY Christmas Holly Garland
  1. D'Arcy H says:

    Your garland is beautiful! I agree with Crème, it makes a great table runner! Very clever use of materials on hand.

  2. Stacey says:

    SO creative, Jessica! Love that you used paper. I’m a big FAN of paper crafts.
    I too love the table runner idea! It’s so darn pretty. (Creme will just have to get with the program. NO TOUCHING THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!) 🙂 Ha Ha!

    • Jessica says:

      Paper- so easy, fun and often over looked!

      I read that sentence to Crème, and she began laughing demonically. If I ever do get around to decorating my tree, it will have to be with non-breakable ornaments.

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