This lovely, wool felt holly leaf garland will bring Old World charm to your Christmas mantle. And ringing in at around $30 for all the supplies, it is easy on the wallet too!
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…
to the plaques outside of our hotel room showing our room number.
Wool felt was made into curtains and bed skirts in one of our hotels as well. It’s a fabric that says ‘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.
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″ and ringing in at around $30.00 it is a good, budget-friendly craft.
- 2 yards of felt.
- 2 paddles of 22 gauge green florist wire (ended up needing only half of the second paddle, so depending on the length of your garland you may only need 1)
- 3 bottles of fabric glue
- Paper to make your pattern
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Have you started prepping for Christmas? If so, what have you done?
If you are interested in another garland idea, check out the DIY ornament garland that is on my front porch, and if you are looking for even more holiday decorating ideas, check out this Christmas tour of my home for a plethora of ideas!
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