The success of the holly shape is based on the seamless backdrop paper used by photographers. It comes in a roll so that when it’s bent it makes a lovely curl. You can find this in various sizes. You can find them anywhere from 26″ wide to 53″ wide. I bought the 53″ wide so I could get more out of my paper.
- seamless backdrop paper in shades of greens (here are some paper suggestions: green, smaller green
- cardstock in shades of reds
- butcher paper
- wire or chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
- glue gun
The trick to making these holly and berry garlands is in the paper choice. I used seamless paper roll backdrops, which photographers use on sets. You can order yours from here. There are a ton of colors to choose from and it’s MUCH cheaper and efficient than buying other types of paper.
To make the holly:
Step 1: I chose to use a light green and a dark green paper for my holly. Trace and cut out your holly (here’s a template). Mine was about 15″ long.
Step 2: Fold the piece of holly lengthwise so it gets creased in the middle. Because the paper comes on a roll it should automatically create that 3D effect.
Step 3: Cut out all the holly to fit the length of the garland you want to create.
Step 4: To create the form of the garland I used butcher paper and twisted it to form the swag. I attached it to my staircase with chenille wire stems.
Step 5: Start at one end and glue the tip of the holly onto the butcher paper angled one way.
Step 6: Layer the next piece of holly going the other way and glue in place to the butcher paper. Continue alternating angles and colors of the holly.
To make the berries:
I used two shades of red seamless paper in the same way.
Step 1: Cut strips of paper about 1″ wide and 1′ long.
Step 2: Glue one strip of paper together as if you’re making a paper chain.
Step 3: Glue another strip around the first strip. Glue the two papers to eachother so they stick together.
Step 4: Continue gluing more strips to each other forming a globe. Make sure they all stick to at least one other strip so they are secure.
Step 5: Cover all the holes that may form.
Step 6: Glue these “berries” onto the the garlands in groups of 2s or 3s where the swag peaks.
Happy holly making! Let me know if you have any questions or if I can clarify anything!