Since Today I’m sharing a paper poinsettia wreath as part of my “anything but a card” series. I learned wreath making from my mom working in her flower shop when I was a girl and I have made many over the years. Since I don’t have much opportunity to do floral design with fresh flowers and foliage now I find it very satisfying to create with paper. I found this six inch grapevine wreath at Michaels for .49 cents and thought it would be beautiful decorated with paper poinsettias, holly and pine branches. Now….I can already hear lots of you saying that you can’t design….or….you’ve never made a wreath before. Let me walk you through the steps to show you how easy it really is.
The Handmade Paper Poinsettia and Holly
- Use red, green and yellow cardstock to cut the poinsettia sections. Note: I like to create one or two green poinsettia sections using the largest flower die for the main base of the flower.
- Place the red and green poinsettia flower layers face down on a molding pad and use a large round stylus to shape the flower petals.
- Place the red and green poinsettia flower layers face up on a molding pad and use a small tipped stylus to push down in the center of each flower to push the petals up.
- Attach the flower layers together using glossy accents.
- Form tiny yellow flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad and attach them to the flower center using glossy accents. Note: I love to use my reverse tweezers when working with tiny die cut parts and pieces. They are like having a third hand.
The Holly and Evergreen Branches
- Cut several holly sets using green and red cardstock and several evergreen branch sections using green cardstock..
- Attach the red berries to the holly using glossy accents.
- Lay the holly sections on the molding pad and score and form the leaves using the leaf tool.
Creating the Wreath
When I make paper flower projects for my card fronts I always attach my flowers to the card base using glossy accents. For my wreath I used hot glue to to attach the flowers and foliage. I knew the hot glue would adhere to the vines much better than using liquid glue. A word of caution……be careful when using hot glue. It can really burn your fingers.
- Wrap the ribbon around the wreath and attach both ends in place using hot glue.
- Begin by attaching the first poinsettia on the wreath using hot glue.
- Place the second poinsettia one inch apart from the first poinsettia and attach with hot glue.
- Attach the third poinsettia one inch apart from the second and attach with hot glue.
To create an even balance of holly around the poinsettias I always attached the two larger sections together at each step of design.
- Begin tucking the two larger holly sections under the top poinsettia and attach using hot glue.
- Move down to the second poinsettia and tuck two larger holly sections under the top petals and attach in place.
- Repeat the step above at the top of the third poinsettia.
- Move to the other side of the third poinsettia and tuck the two larger holly sections under the petals but going out in the opposite direction from the other sets you’ve attached.
- Note: when I had completed attaching the two larger holly sections at each step I did find a couple of spots that needed an additional holly branch to fill in.
- Finish by tucking several evergreen branches in between the holly and attach using hot glue. You can see in the photo above how all of the poinsettias and foliage are attached to the top of the wreath base.
I think this paper poinsettia wreath would be the perfect holiday gift for a friend, your child’s teacher, the mail person……or anyone on your gift lift. They don’t take lots of time and are really fun to make. You can make smaller wreaths as well. I saw them sized at four, three and two inches. Just pare down the size of your flowers, and use only one or two instead of three. There is tons of paper poinsettia wreath inspiration on Pinterest. Thank you for all of your input regarding my :anything but a card” question earlier this week. I sure do appreciate your responses and I hope you find today’s wreath inspiring. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Tools and Supplies
A paper poinsettia wreath makes the perfect gift and/or holiday decoration.