Felt Holly Leaf Garland

Christmas, Create, Holiday, Other Creations | November 17, 2015 | By

I brought home several ‘bits of Europe, after our hike this past summer,  but there is one more that I’m incorporating into our Christmas this year.  

Wool felt was a common sight in Austria, from the traditional Ischler hat men wore with their lederhosen…lederhosen

to the plaques outside of our hotel room showing our room number.felt door number

Wool felt was made into curtains and bedskirts in one of our hotels as well.  Its a fabric that say ‘cozy’ and ‘warm’ to me, which is why Christmas is the perfect time to incorporate it into our home. 

Not sure of the genesis of this idea, but I had been looking for ways to use felt and somehow this felt holly leaf garland popped into my mind.  It worked well with the re-vamp of my Christmas mantle and it was an easy, relatively inexpensive craft to whip up.  Illustrated instructions on how to DIY a Felt Holly Leaf Garland to add a little old world charm to your Christmas mantle and Holiday decorations.

Here’s What You Need to Make a Felt Holly Leaf Garland:

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The supplies listed will make a pretty dense 9-foot felt holly leaf garland with leaves that measure 4″ by 2.5″

Here’s How You Will Make Your Felt Holly Leaf Garland:

  • Decide on the size and shape of your leaf and cut a pattern out of card stock, cardboard or other stiffer than usual paper. (A cereal box would be great!)
  • Pin the pattern to your felt and start cutting MANY leaves out.  I used 2 layers of felt each time I cut so that those 2 pieces would align when I glued them together.  For my 9 foot garland, I cut 200 pairs of leaves out.  
  • Cut your wire so that it will be as long as your leaf, with 4 inches extra.  For my garland, I cut my wire pieces 8″ long.
  • Glue your leaves together, with a piece of wire running the length of your leaf.  Felt Holly Leaf Garland. Simple felt, some glue and wire come together as different twist on traditional garlands. At www.nourishandnestle.com
  • And because nothing says “Christmas” like an episode of The Walking Dead, I was able to catch up on the goings on while I glued many leaves together…Two birds with one stone.holly with walking dead
  • Once you have your leaves made and they’ve dried, it’s time to make your garland.  This is the very quick part of the craft.  Grab 2 wired leaves and twist them together.Felt Holly Leaf Garland. Simple felt, some glue and wire come together as different twist on traditional garlands. At www.nourishandnestle.com
  • Then go down a bit and add a third.  I varied how close I would add the leaves and if I would add a pair of leaves together or not.Felt Holly Leaf Garland. Simple felt, some glue and wire come together as different twist on traditional garlands. At www.nourishandnestle.com

 

Felt Holly Leaf Garland. Simple felt, some glue and wire come together as different twist on traditional garlands. At www.nourishandnestle.com

  • I made my garland in 2 segments, so that the finished ends would be at either end of the garland and the ‘unfinished’ twisted wire pieces would be wired together in the middle.  The middle is where I added my red ribbon.Illustrated instructions on how to DIY a Felt Holly Leaf Garland to add a little old world charm to your Christmas mantle and Holiday decorations.

 

This felt holly leaf garland was easy to make and definitely is different from the fresh greens I’ve used in the past.  I’m pretty pleased with how it works with Santa’s portrait and with the ornament topiaries, a little bit of an ‘old world’ look that works with my mantle.  And it’s a seasonal reminder of all the wool felt that we saw throughout our  trip this past summer.  Illustrated instructions on how to DIY a Felt Holly Leaf Garland to add a little old world charm to your Christmas mantle and Holiday decorations.

 

And speaking of Santa’s portrait…Don’t you absolutely love him? I’ve got to tell you that he may be one of my favorite paintings.  I received several questions about where you could get a Santa for yourself and so I recently added him to my Society 6 store.  You can find him here.painted-santa

 

Have you started prepping for Christmas?  If so, what have you done?Illustrated instructions on how to DIY a Felt Holly Leaf Garland to add a little old world charm to your Christmas mantle and Holiday decor.

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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Claire
    November 18, 2015

    Hi your holly garland looks great and the tutorial really clear. You have given me an idea about making my own felt leaf garland, thanks for the inspiration.

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      lynn
      November 18, 2015

      Good Morning Claire..Thanks for stopping by…my fellow felt friend! I’d love to see what you do with your felt garland!

      Have a great day, Lynn

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    Mona
    November 18, 2015

    I love the Santa Picture! Did you paint this yourself?
    Beautiful!

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      lynn
      November 18, 2015

      Hi Mona, yes I did paint him…rather on a whim! Got to say I’m pretty tickled with how he turned out as I was working with a black and white photo. Thanks for visiting and for your kind comment.

      Have a great day, Lynn

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    CoCo
    November 19, 2015

    Lynn, this garland is gorgeous! I can’t believe you cut out all of those leaves. It was totally worth it because everything is so beautiful. Hugs, Coco

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      lynn
      November 19, 2015

      Thanks Coco…truthfully, it was a pretty easy, fairly mindless endeavor. Sat down in front of few football games and movies and knocked them out. They don’t have to be exact, so while I used a pattern, I wasn’t concerned about cutting right up against pattern. It was there more as a ‘guideline’. But I am pleased with it so thanks for your compliment!
      Have a great day, Lynn
      Going to check out your sugar scrub! Sounds delightful!

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    Katrin@KreativK.net
    November 20, 2015

    Lynn it’s beautiful! Wunderschoen!!! I had no idea you made it with felt when I looked at your beautiful Santa Picture the other day! I love using felt, it’s so easy, and like you said, it is cozy and just perfect for this time of year! And yes, of course, what better to go with a craft like this than the WD! It’s nerve racking isn’t it, when will they let us know what’s going on with Glenn????? Ok back to the garland! I also love the shape of holly leaves! Just right! my whole house is ready for Christmas, I got in a mood the other day and couldn’t stop! Have a great weekend Lynn!!!

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      lynn
      November 20, 2015

      Hello Katrin, thanks for your kind words! The felt does remind me of our time in your home country! Just another piece of Germany and Austria that we brought home!
      So…I’m up to date on WD and still really believe Glenn is alive…like 95% certain. And glad my buddy Daryl made it out of his recent predicaments as well! Looking forward to Sunday…or Monday as it always seems to be for me!
      So you’re all decorated? Wow! We will be doing that this time next week when our daughter is home from school. Looking forward to it!

      Have a great weekend!
      Lynn

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    November 21, 2015

    Lynn, what a pretty garland and a great tutorial as well.It works perfectly with your commanding fireplace. I really like your Santa painting as well. Did you make that yourself? As for decorating, I;m supposed to be starting this weekend, let’s see how far I get.

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      lynn
      November 21, 2015

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting today and Congratulations again on your Respect Award! I did paint my Jolly Old Elf…rather on a whim. But I’m pretty tickled with him and my felt garland. We will really do our decorating this upcoming weekend, it’ll take the better part of 2 days. But…I really need to start weeding through my ornament and decorations boxes and be a bit more selective as to what I’ll keep.

      Thanks again for visiting and have a great day!?

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      lynn
      November 23, 2015

      Hi Kimm, hope you can find a place for the felt! I don’t think I’ve fully exhausted the ‘felt experience’ and feel another project coming on!

      Have a great week, Lynn

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    Karen
    November 25, 2015

    This is so pretty Lynn! And what a great tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing at Something yo Talk About!

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      lynn
      November 25, 2015

      Thanks Karen. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      Lynn

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    Margaret Pereira
    December 1, 2015

    Great tutorial Lynn, love your mantel! I am looking forward to checking out all your recipes. 🙂

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      lynn
      December 1, 2015

      Hi Margaret, thanks for stopping by this morning. I am equally anxious to try my hand at Portuguese food. I really do enjoy making foods from different cuisines and Portuguese is one I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for all the recipes.

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