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Mmkay. Remember that gold vinyl candle we made a couple of weeks ago? Well, it needed a little dressing up – and far be it from me to ever say “no” to dress up. So, today we’re decking the heck out of the halls with a beautiful paper holly candle ring that I’m a little bit obsessed with. You can use this for your own home or give it as a gift. Either way, everyone will be happy  – but mostly you, since you will have made something beautiful.

I broke out my Cricut Explore for this project and called up the new 3D Florals image set which is packed with really nice dimensional florals and leaves. The holly leaves were calling my name – so I cut about 75 of them from green cardstock…afterall, it takes the same amount of effort to cut one leaf as it does to cut 75 – and that effort level would be zero. Just press “Go,” walk away and stare at the wall until the Explore is done cutting.

The assembly will take a bit of time, though – but I loved it. I like to get in the “craft zone” and that’s exactly what I did while I was binge watching old episodes of The Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  (sidenote: can I just tell you how happy I am that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix!) Here’s how it’s done:

Paper Holly Candle Ring

Paper Holly Candle RingThe process of assembling the ring isn’t terribly difficult, but you’ll want to pay attention as you go to make sure your leaves are nicely placed and that there aren’t any gaps. Keep your hot glue gun handy during this process. It can be helpful as you coax each leaf into place.

Paper Holly Candle RingIt’s pretty amazing what you can create with paper and this project is no exception! The 3D leaves and berries are just perfect…and the best part is that you can pack this thing away and bring it out next year!

Paper Holly Candle Ring

Paper Holly Candle RingAre you enjoying all the holiday content here on the blog! I would love to hear what you think about this project! See you tomorrow for more Toile blog posts!

This post was completed as part of Round 5 of the Cricut Design Space Star competition. For more Cricut Explore inspiration, follow the #designspacestar hashtag on instagram where lots of other talented crafters are sharing their own creations!


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44 thoughts on “Paper Holly Candle Ring

  1. I love this project. It’s amazing what you can do with a Cricut Explore, I’m becoming more and more impressed with it every time I see one of your projects. This machine is my only wish for Christmas. I have so many ideas just waiting for it!!

  2. I like that it will cut scallop circles correctly. Another positive is that you can design and cut. I hope the Explore will show up under my Christmas Tree.

  3. The Cricut Explorer seems really useful. I have added it to my Christmas wish list. I would use it at least once weekly.

  4. I think it is awesome that you can make such an attractive centerpiece with PAPER! How cool is that? I understand the Explore can cut pretty much anything – I wonder how this would be with felt or another strong fabric?
    Thanks for sharing another amazing project!

  5. Amber, you are such an enabler. : ) How fun would it be to experiment with paper and crafty goodness with a Cricut Explore? Thanks for the chance to win one so I can CASE some of your beautiful projects.

  6. Love the holly leaves…. another great DIY project. Amber, Thanks for sharing and giving us an opportunity to win a Cricut Explore..

  7. Amber, I love everything about the Cricut Explore. I would love to see a post, project or tutorial on custom printing using the Cricut Explore.

  8. I love your wit and talent. Thank you for all the inspiration and smiles! Oh, and this machine looks amazing, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  9. I have always wanted one of these and seeing what you have created with one only makes me want one more. Love your projects. Thanks!

  10. Well Hold My Glue Gun…and squeeze my stickles. A Cricut Explore giveaway. Girl Amber, you done did it now. I moved this to the top of my Santa’s List as soon as I saw it and all of your wonderful creations. Whoop Whoop, it’s calling my Name…
    Oh BTW, Love your candle decor too. See this is why I need that Explore to try and be as creative as you are. Smooches…

  11. Wow, the Explore looks like fun! It sure would make mass producing cards a whole lot easier. I LOVE your projects, especially that gorgeous candle ring – amazing! Thanks for the chance to win this incredible prize!

  12. Wow – I wasn’t sure about the Explore at first…I have a different machine and it’s OK, but I find I use it more for cutting out mats for cards or odd-shaped card bases…but the Explore looks amazing – you have really taken this tool and used it so well and have shown the features off in an integrated way. I think the Print Then Cut feature seems to be my favorite so far – although the fact that it can cut so many materials is awesome too! Thanks for the chance to win.

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