Just like poinsettias, one of the most traditional botanicals to have around for the holidays is holly. Here we used crepe paper holly leaves for gift toppers and wreaths, but you can incorporate them into your holiday decor however you would like. These are really easy to whip up so they are a great last minute touch to your presents or Christmas table setting.
We used both the extra fine and the floristic crepe to craft these paper holly leaves. The papers have different looks, but both are equally beautiful. In the floristic we used Pistachio and in the extra fine we used Cypress. To make the corresponding holly berries, we used 1/2-inch foam balls and shimmery red tissue paper from our Holiday Cheer tissue pack. You can also use the extra fine in Cranberry for the berries. If you have any scrap bits laying around, this is the perfect opportunity to use them!
Print the PDF template for the paper holly leaves and cut out each piece as a guide for cutting your crepe. The template indicates the grain line, and there are three sizes of leaves. After cutting your leaf pieces, use a hot glue gun to attach them together. You are welcome to use floral wire here, but it is not necessary. To add some detailing, we used light green acrylic craft paint to color in the center veins of the leaves. You can easily pick up craft paint at any local hobby store. Hot glue the leaves and berries into clusters and there you have it!
As we mentioned, these crepe paper holly leaves make for beautiful gift toppers, but we also love the idea of DIY-ing a cute mini wreath, like our pine needle wreath. For a felt version of holly leaves, find our template here. Browse our floristic crepe projects, or take a look at our paper collections in our online shop! Cheers ~ Lia and the Team