Is it too soon for holiday decor? We don’t think so! Especially when it’s subtle—like this DIY holiday wreath. Our designer May combined our heavy crepe paper with text weight paper from PaperPapers and Paper Source to make this gorgeous paper wreath. Using heavy crepe paper for your pine needles gives your wreath great texture and durability, while text weight paper helps make your leaves look softer and more realistic. We think this lovely holiday wreath looks so merry and bright—we can’t wait to find a spot for it!
Don’t Worry—Be Merry!
The files below are free to download and contain all of the patterns for the different leaves you see here. You can download our SVG cut file if you’re using a cutting machine, or you can print our PDF if you’re cutting leaves by hand. Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials, just follow the photo tutorial below to make this DIY holiday wreath.
Scoring leaves will add more depth to paper wreaths. If you’re using a cutting machine, it can do this for you. If you’re cutting by hand, you can use our curling tool or the blunt part of your scissors to score your leaves.
When it comes to layering and arranging your leaves, our photo tutorial can help guide you. Make sure to secure the leaves and berries with your low-temp glue gun, and cover the inner and outer edges of the wreath as you work your way around it. Keep in mind that you don’t have to layer your leaves exactly how we did it—you can play around with your arrangement and have fun with it! If you need more ideas for how to layer your leaves, check out the photo tutorials for our paper Christmas wreath and our tissue paper holiday wreath.
What do you think? Too soon for a DIY holiday wreath? Or is any time the right time for this one?
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- Cutting Machine (recommended)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Curling Tool
- Text Weight Paper: Stardream Metallic in Fairway, Lagoon, Azalea, Aquamarine, and Mars; Curious Metallic in Botanic; and Shine Satin in Violet Satin
- Paper Source Text Weight Paper in Peacock
- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper in Juniper
- 12″ Foam Wreath
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I could not find the instructions for the winter wreath with pink berries. When I click on the wreath it only gives instructions for the other wreath.
Hi Joann! Are you talking about this wreath? https://liagriffith.com/winter-greens-and-pink-berry-wreath/. This wreath is in our book, Cutting Machine Crafts. Our Merry & Bright holiday wreath is very similar to the winter greens and berry pink wreath.
Hi! Can I make this with my Explore Air 2 or is a Maker required?
Hi, Jen! You don’t need a Maker for this project since all of the leaves are cut using text weight paper. We only used crepe paper to cover the wreath form, which you can cut by hand.
In this wreath there is a long pale leaf in the svg and appears as one of the leaves in the photo tutorial, but doesn’t seem to be present on the finished wreath. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a colour listed for it in the instructions. Could you advise please? 😁😁
Hi Diane! We made one version of this wreath to photograph and then sent it away for a magazine feature. When we made the second version for our photo tutorial, we added in the long light aqua leaf. You can use it if you like it, or leave it out if you don’t! The paper color is listed in the materials though (Aquamarine).
Many thanks! I have since realised that the colour is the aquamarine. It looks slightly different in real life, so I was getting confused !
I will now go in search of something similar to Peacock, as we don’t have papersource in the UK. 😁😁
The parent company for Paper Source is called Waste Not, so you could look around to see if any local suppliers carry that or can ship to you!
Would cardstock work as well? Having a difficult time finding something budget friendly in text weight, but Joann has a great price on metallic cardstock.
Yes you can use cardstock! We prefer text weight because it’s easier to shape, but you can certainly use what you have.
Peacock is no longer available from PaperSource. Could you recommend a comparable color? How about Blu Rasperry from PaperPapers?
Oh I found it on their site, the link just changed! https://www.papersource.com/craft/peacock-paper-8.5-x-11-34344601.html (Phew! I love that color). The Poptone color will be a bit brighter of a blue, but would likely work fine if you want to just order from one shop.=
When you say text weight, what is that in gsm?
I’ve also discovered the svg files can be converted to DXF for those of us with laser cutters.
According to Paper Papers site (where most of the text weight is linked), 80 lb text is 120 gsm. There are various text weights though so I’m not the conversion for other weights.
It would be REALLY helpful if you could give us an estimate of how many items we need to cut to complete the project as shown. For example, in the case of this 12″ foam wreath, how many holly leaves should I cut? I know you can’t give an exact count, but it would help in planning how much of each paper I will need to use.
Pamela in Berkeley
Hi Pamela! In this wreath, we used approx: 35 green holly leaves, 40 green pine leaves, 20 blue leaves, 25 aqua petals, 15 light blue leaves (in one version we used 0), 20 purple leaves, 10 pink and red berries. We usually cut a few sheets of each, start assembling, then cut/add more as needed.
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So happy to see some paper projects. Hoping for an autumn bell jar cuttable, too. Your projects always yield such lovely results!