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Poinsettia Holiday Garland DIY: Featured on BlogHer!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and I couldn’t be happier.

A while back, I came across Oh Happy Day’s DIY for flower garland using cupcake wrappers and string lights, and decided that I would give it a Christmas spin. This is such a fun and easy project – definitely one you can do while catching up on TV or just relaxing to some Holiday jams. (I’m quite partial to this one.)

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For this project, you’ll need: string lights (I got mine super cheap from Target), white, red and green cupcake wrappers (both small and large) and scissors. There is a box cutter shown, but it was too heavy-duty for the thin wrappers. Was easier to just use the scissors! Also–make sure you have enough wrappers for all the bulbs on your string lights.

To make the “leaves”: fold a green cupcake wrapper into four sections and then clip the corners, making a point.

To make the “petals”: take a larger red/white cupcake wrapper and fold it so that you have eight sections. Clip the corners just like you did with the green wrapper, making a point. Follow the same steps for the interior petals, using the smaller size red/white wrappers.

If you happen to have an audience for this project, graciously thank them for their attention and patience.

When you unfold all your leaves and petals, arrange them like this! Pretty.

Cut two small slits in the center of each flower and leaf, and then carefully slide them onto the bulbs one at a time. I found that it was easier and quicker to snip the wrappers with scissors (after I folded them the appropriate amount of times and cut away the corners) at the bottoms. Then when you unfold the wrappers, they’re ready to go onto the string lights. No X-acto knife/box cutters necessary!

Now that you have the basic steps down, repeat until all your lights are adorned. The pattern I created was this: red poinsettia, small white flower (using only the small white cupcake wrappers), white poinsettia, small white flower, red poinsettia, etc. I encourage you to create your own though!

Such a simple project that’s festive, cute and simple. I hope you give it a shot!


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  1. LOVE your blog!This is a really cute project for me to add to my list.

    • sweet sarah

      November 30, 2012 — 12:23 am

      Thank you so much! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out :) I’m thinking of just making a normal flower strand after Christmas is over with the same lights. It’s just too pretty to have up once a year! Thank you for your comment!

  2. I mentioned this on SITS but I absolutely loves this project. (the look on your husband’s face-priceless) lol

  3. This is so cute and it looks so easy!

  4. Wow, simple yet lovely! Love it, visiting you back from SITS. Love your blog design too!

  5. That’s a good idea, I never thought of using cup cake holders….so cute! :)


  6. I love a cute and easy DIY and this one is a must try! New to your blog and glad to have found your creative spot on the web:) Happy Holidays!

  7. This is amazing!!! I’m so tempted to cut my cupcake wrappers, right now! :)

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