Hey everyone! Nicole here on the blog today. I've become a little obsessed with the space above my fireplace mantel. I keep changing it out with every holiday and find that I absolutely love having this focal point in our living room. When we started decorating for the holidays I knew I wanted to make some kind of Christmas wreath to hang in this space. I wanted it a little homemade looking and also knew I couldn't spend anything to make it. That's when I remembered the holly shape from the Santa advent calendar. I'm all about using elements from cut files in a new way.
To begin I opened the file in the Silhouette program and copied/pasted the holly leaf filling the whole mat.
I cut the leaves from three different hues of green cardstock and then a few from book paper.
I inked the edges of the green cardstock leaves to add a little dimension and contrast.
The book paper leaves I outlined in glue and sprinkled with green glitter.
The base of the wreath is a piece of cardstock I cut into a circle.
Before gluing the leaves to the base I scored the middle and folded slightly to add dimension.
I then glued all the leaves to the base overlapping them and spacing the book paper leaves evenly around the base.
I finished it off with some holly berries and ribbon. Not a very complicated project, but the perfect finishing touch to my mantel space. My silhouette and Samantha's cut files made this little project come together quickly.
Here is a look at the whole space: the chalkboard is actually the back of an old cork board that I painted. The 3D deer head is made from foam core and was requested by my son after spying something similar at a boutique.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are gearing up to decking your halls. Thanks for stopping by the blog today and happy crafting!