As crisp autumn days tiptoe toward chilly winter nights, it’s finally time to embrace the warmth and coziness of the season. With Christmas on its way, we designed these Cardstock Cedar Branches to help usher in the yuletide spirit. This easy DIY project combines Cedar’s robust charm with the festive allure of the holidays for a piece that’s in perfect harmony. Be sure to check out our collection of winter crafts for even more ways to decorate your winter wonderland this holiday season.
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Despite how detailed it appears, these cardstock cedar branches are surprisingly very beginner-friendly! We recommend a cutting machine for this project, because precision is key when it comes to crafting a realistic branch. Before you begin, first take a look at the list of tools and materials to the right. Next, download our SVG file or PDF template if you plan to cut your pieces by hand.
I love drawing inspiration from nature when designing pieces for you all. With its enchanting fragrance and rustic charm, Cedar has long been associated with winter and Christmas decorations. Their rich green color coupled with beautiful detailing make them a perfect addition to this month’s collection, and we’re blown away by how well they turned out! Although our card stock cedar branches may lack that trademark holiday scent, this simple, but elegant craft captures the essence of cedar so beautifully — you won’t even miss it!
In order to make your cedar branches look truly realistic, create a bit of depth and dimension by gently applying PanPastel in bright yellow-green to the tips of your card stock branches using your blending brushes. Each cedar sprig is constructed with two layers of card stock and sturdy wire, making them beautiful and long-lasting. Once construction is complete, wrap your branches in bark-colored floral tape and, hooray! You’ve just made a little holiday magic!
These card stock cedar branches are incredibly versatile. Once ready, you can display them on their own for a touch of charming winter greenery or include them in a beautiful arrangement. Alternatively, you can craft them into a beautiful cedar wreath that will leave everyone in awe.
The natural beauty of Cedar will always be in style and pairs beautifully with any holiday theme. We’d love to see how you’ve styled your card stock cedar branches! Share your pics with us in our crafters’ community or on Instagram with the hashtag #MadeWithLia.
- Kai 8″ Scissors
- Kai 5″ Detail Scissors
- Cutting Machine (recommended)
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Curling Tool
- Blending Brushes
- Lia Griffith Cardstock – Holiday Green
- Floral Wire – 24-Gauge Paper Covered Green
- Floral Wire – 18-Gauge Paper Covered Green
- Floral Tape — Bark
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Art Glitter Glue
- PanPastel® Artist Pastel –Bright Yellow Green 680.5
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