Christmas in July: How to make a sparkling Christmas Holly Wreath from cardstock

Clean and white, this glistening Christmas Holly Wreath is simply elegant. It’s equally refreshing right now, and perfect for a Christmas in July feature. Designer Patty Schaffer estimates it will take a few hours to cut out the leaves, another reason to make it now, before the holiday rush. Here’s what else is summer easy about the Christmas Holly Wreath – it has a pretty simple list of materials. Cardstock, fabric, glitter, glue and berries – you can do it!

A simple, elegant wreath for Christmas and all year round. Each sparkling holly leaf is cut from cardstock and lightly glittered. has the tutorial.

Sparkling Christmas Holly Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Sparkling Christmas Holly Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath
  • White fabric, a 30” x 30” piece
  • Red berry garland
  • White linen cardstock, 12 sheets, 8-1/2” x 11”
  • Glitter Glue
  • Crystal White Glitter
  • Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; paper trimmer; burnisher, wood pick, or other pointed tool; small paintbrush; straight pins; box lid or newspaper; wide bowl

To make a Sparkling Christmas Holly Wreath:

1. Cut white fabric into 1-1/2” wide strips. Wrap the strips around the wreath, pinning and gluing ends to the back of the wreath.

2. Cut the cardstock into 1.5” wide strips, and cut each strip into 2-1/2” and 3” lengths. Cut holly leaves freehand from each piece of paper.

3. Using burnisher or wood pick, gently draw a line down the center of each leaf. Fold slightly to create a crease. On some of the leaves, add a few extra gently creases on the ends, creating more dimension.

4. Pin the leaves to the wreath, working in a clockwise direction and layering the leaves to hide the pins. As you work, visually divide the wreath into fifths and add a cluster of red berries in each section. Secure the berries with pins, and work the white leaves in among them. Add a few more berries here and there, as needed. Cover the top, and the inside and outside edges of the wreath, too.

Christmas in July: DIY this Sparkling Holly Leaf Wreath. The glitter glistens like the snow! So pretty!

A dusting of glitter makes each leaf sparkle like snow.

5. When the wreath is completely covered, add glitter. Work over newspaper or a box lid to catch excess glitter. Brush glitter glue onto the edges of the leaves in a small section. Sprinkle crystal white glitter over the wet glue. Tap off excess into a bowl to reuse. Continue glittering the leaves, working on one section at a time.

6. Add a sawtooth picture hanger to the back, dipping the nails in glue before inserting them into the wreath.

You might also like to check out a few of Patty’s summertime designs in her etsy shop. The Paper Popsicles and Button Ice Cream Cones are super cute.

Are you starting your Christmas crafting? What’s on your Christmas craft list right now?

Happy Christmas crafting!


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9 Responses to Christmas in July: How to make a sparkling Christmas Holly Wreath from cardstock

  1. Home Seasons says:

    Wow this is beautiful! Loving the glistening white for Christmas 🙂

  2. Angie Dyer says:

    Love the glitter! This does not look like it was made with simple cardstock.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Angie. It’s a fooler, isn’t it? There’s nothing hard about it, and it’s relatively inexpensive, too. Gotta love that! Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. LisaM says:

    What a great wreath. Love the simplicity of it.

  4. Mary Harvey says:

    The wreath is beautiful. I have of course heard of white cardstock, but not white linen cardstock. I know if I call Michael’s or Hobby Lobby they probably won’t know what I’m talking about! May I ask where you get yours? Thank you.

    M J Harvey ________________________________

  5. Katiria says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks 4 sharin’ Sharon 🙂

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