DIY Paper Olive Branches – Silhouette Creators March Challenge

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

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Today I am back with our March Silhouette Creators Challenge!  Every month I get together with a group of seriously talented ladies and we all make a craft using our Silhouette Machines.  Every time I am amazed at all the beautiful projects they come up with!

Hobnail House – Spring Cutout Banner

Pig and Rabbit – Princess Party Favor Bags

Pocketful of Posies – DIY Paper Olive Branches

DIY Passion – Wood Shim Wreath with Paper Flowers

C’mon Get Crafty – Sleeping Baby Delivery Sign

Tried and True – Easter Bunny Carrot Plate

Holy Craft – DIY Custom Phone Case

My Life from Home – Easter Candy Bucket

Knock It Off Kim – Bunny Paper Cut Vase

Dwell Beautiful – Harry Potter Accio Coffee T-shirt

Morena’s Corner – Custom Flocked Birthday Card

Simply {Darr}ling – Upcycled Nautical Anchor Serving Tray

Green With Decor – Making Food Party Lables Using Silhouette Machine

Creatively Southern – How to Make Chalkboard Sign with Silhouette Vinyl

Craving Some Creativity – Print and Cut Silhouette Closet Organization Tags

Vintage Romance Style – How to Create Your Child’s Silhouette

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

For this month’s challenge I wanted to try something a little different.  So I put away my vinyl and dived head long into my first Silhouette 3D project!

The end result are these adorable 3D DIY Paper Olive Branches!  They are perfect for me because I hate spending tons of money on fake plants and since I always seem to kill my real ones these are the perfect solution!

I finally found one with the help of my Silhouette machine.  Seriously what could be better than inexpensive paper plants that I can’t kill?!?  Nothing!!

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DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

Using my Silhouette Machine and my Olive Leaf Silhouette Studio File I cut 3 sheets of both the dark and medium green cardstock.   Then cut the floral wire in thirds using a pair of wire cutters.

To make each leaf I used one dark and one light green leaf.  I then placed a small amount of hot glue on one leaf and added my wire then I pressed the other leaf firmly on top.   After trial and error I found gluing all the leaves together before moving on to the next step was best.

Starting about 2.5 inches down from the base of my leaf I used the brown floral to create the stem.   To apply the floral tape I stretched and wrapped the tape around each wire by rolling it in my fingers moving in an upward direction and finishing around the base of the leaf.

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

When all of my leaves were wrapped I began to assemble my branches.  I started with 2-3 leaves at the top and taped them together using the same method as before.  Except this time I started and the bottom of the leaf and worked down.

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

To create variation and interest I varied the amount and distance between leaves.  After making a medium branch (4-8 leaves) I added another smaller branch (4-6 leaves).   Then I would fill in 1-3 more leaves along the main stem.  Then add another small branch.

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

Once I felt my DIY Paper Olive branch was full enough I started the whole process over again.  I found that 2 sheets of leaves made about one branch plus a little extra.

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies




DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

DIY Paper Olive Branches - Pocketful of Posies

Not only are my new DIY Paper Olive Branches beautiful but they perfect solution to my plant killing problem!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out all of our fun Silhouette projects!  Don’t forget to stop by our store!  Our Silhouette Studio Olive Leaf File is on sale now!

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30 thoughts on “DIY Paper Olive Branches – Silhouette Creators March Challenge

  1. Wow! This is super cool project and so clever! I have the perfect area for something like this too. Stunning!

  2. Love these, Cat! I’m definitely trying a paper leaf/flower project for our next round. I’m just so impressed with these!

  3. I love these Cat! They are so pretty and can’t believe they are made from paper! They look awesome!! I definitely want to try these… so inpired! Pinning and sharing!!!

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