DIY paper flowers work for any season and any holiday. This craft tutorial will teach you how to make a DIY Christmas garland, which I am teaching you today with crepe paper poinsettias and holly leaves! This Christmas paper garland craft is perfect for displing in your home such as hanging it on a Christmas tree or styling onto a mantle for your holiday decor. But the best part is you can reuse this Christmas garland year after year!
I have a long history with paper poinsettias such as these small cardstock poinsettia designs and even an 18-inch poinsettia wallflower! If you need more Christmas crafts this holiday check out all the projects I have here!
First, let’s review the supplies, tools, and materials needed to craft this poinsettia and holly Christmas paper garland.
Supplies for DIY Christmas Garland Craft
- Cricut machine (don’t have a Cricut? I’ve gotcha covered! Scroll down for details!)
- Crepe paper
- Detail Scissors
- Thick floral wire
- Thin 22 gauge wire
- Floral tape
- Pearl stamen clusters
- Wire clippers
- Rotary blade
- Strong grip or fabric grip mat
- Crepe poinsettia and holly templates (download below)
Access the Christmas Paper Garland Poinsettia and Holly Templates
Download these crepe poinsettia and holly templates by joining the Member Vault filled with hundreds of paper crafts and Cricut projects. Once you set your password via the email sent to you, enter the vault, and search at the top with the keyword ‘poinsettia’ or design #386.
If you are already a member, log in right here and find it by searching ‘poinsettia’ or design #386.
What if I do not have a Cricut machine or the Maker that works with the rotary blade?
No Cutting Machine: There are printable PDF files included in my templates that can be hand-cut with scissors so you can still make this craft! I recommend having a good pair of craft scissors AND detail scissors on hand.
I own the Explore (or another machine), and it doesn’t work with the Rotary blade: If you are an Explore user, you can follow this tutorial with regular cardstock instead of crepe paper if you do not have the Maker with the Rotary blade option – OR cut by hand as mentioned above!
Cricut Design Space Set up for Paper Poinsettias and Holly Leaves
Firstly, you need to know how to cut your poinsettia petals and holly leaves with the grain running diagonally. Turn each leaf and petal at the diagonal on the canvas. Use your Attach tool at the bottom of the Layers Panel to ensure it will cut out exactly as shown on the canvas.
How to Make the DIY Christmas Poinsettia and Holly Garland
Click play to watch the full step-by-step tutorial for the DIY Christmas poinsettia holly garland. In addition, you can keep reading for a picture overview of the project as well.
- Start by cutting out your templates. I use 5-6 poinsettia petals (10-12 halves) and about 50 leaves (100 holly leaf halves) for my 5-foot garland. Make sure you cut so the grain is running diagonally as should above in the Design Space set up. If you are cutting by hand turn the template so that the grain runs across at an angle as you cut out the petals.
- For the poinsettia petals and leaves you will add a line of hot glue down right edge of the leaf. Then overlap the petals and leaves slightly, sandwiching the thin wire in between, to create the stemmed leaves and flower petals.
- Repeat this for all the poinsettia petals and holly leaves.
- For the pearl spray stammen wrap each pearl with some crepe paper and secure with floral tape. Your pearl sprays will be the center of your poinsettias.
- To make the poinsettia start with the smaller petals and style them around the pearl stammen. Wrap in floral tape to secure. Place the larger poinsettia petals on next and style them in between the smaller petals.
- Likewise, to build the garland add each holly leaf on your long wire base with floral tape working your way down the garland branch.
- Finally, style your DIY Chrismas garland on a mantle or tree and hook your poinsettia flowers around the garland!
How would you use this DIY Christmas garland in your home? My favorite ways to display the paper garland are on a mantle, table, Christmas tree, or stair banister.