It’s Christmas season! It’s literally the most wonderful time of the year!
Today I am going to show you how to make a beautiful Christmas garland that can be used at your table or even hung on your mantel.
Gather your supplies and follow along!
- Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
- Verdigris Materica 92lb
- Forest Green Colorplan 100lb
- Lockwood Green Colorplan 100lb
- Bronze Metallic Stardream 105lb
- Bagdad Brown Colorplan 100lb
- Gold Metallic Stardream 105lb
- Vermillion Colorplan 100lb
- hot glue gun
- glue pen
- jute twine
- cutting machine (I'm using a Cricut)
- foam squares (optional)
Let's get started!
First, open up a new project on design space and add these images. I used Christmas Holly (#M4270FB73), Pine (#M418A8432), Leaf (#M39484), Pine Cones (#M4103CD75) and 3D Poinsettia (#MA4024). You can also find the project by clicking here.
Depending on how long you want your garland, cut out multiples of each image. For example, my garland is about 2 feet long, so I cut out 4 pine cones, 2 Christmas holly, and 2 poinsettias, and I cut out about 100 of the leaves and about 4 of the pine leaves (you may not use all of the cut items). This is all just preference on how full and long you want the garland.
Take your leaves and fold them down the center.
Next, grab your twine. This will be the base that you are going to glue your leaves to. Using your hot glue gun, glue the leaves onto the twine so that it creates a wide and full base. To create a fuller look, glue leaves on top of other leaves, this will allow you to branch out and create a full look. Remember, this is all preference on how you ultimately want your garland to look!
To assemble the pine cones, take the sliced layer in bronze metallic and glue it onto the base pine cone, then take the sliced corresponding leaf and glue it on top of the base leaf.
To assemble the poinsettia, take 3 petals (they ultimately should have 1, 2 and 3 petals), and take 3 leaves plus the center. Dab a dot of glue to the back side of the petal and adhere it to the half circle on the other side. This should create a tiny slit in the center of the petal. Do the exact same for the leaves. Once they are assembled, go ahead and layer the pieces together and then add the centerpiece to the top.
Lastly, to assemble the Christmas holly, take the green base, the middle berry base and then the top sliced berry, adhere them together in that order. I added foam dots between the two berry pieces to add dimension.
Now it's time to add the pine leaves randomly onto the garland.
Now, you can begin adding the poinsettias, pine cones, and the Christmas holly to the garland. It is always a good idea to place your items on before gluing them, that way you can see if you like it. I used hot glue on the back of each element to attach them to the top of the garland.
Once you have finished gluing all of your elements, you can then take your hot glue gun and glue the garland to some ribbon making sure that your decorative ribbon has a few inches poking out of the ends for an added look. This part is completely optional, but it does cover the messy back part and gives it a sturdy backside as well!
And there we have it, a beautiful Christmas garland! You can put this on your table, mantel, or a shelf.
I hope you enjoyed following along as we made a gorgeous garland for your home! If you'd like to see the whole process, you can check it out on our Instagram!
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Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!
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